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Ibrahimovic set for mid-November return
Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc revealed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is recovering well from a nagging heel problem but admitted the striker will miss Sunday's Ligue 1 trip to Lorient. Ibrahimovic has not played since September and Blanc says the signs in training are encouraging. PSG face APOEL in the UEFA Champions League next week and then host Ligue 1 leaders Marseille on November 9, but Blanc suggested that the Swedish striker will not be ready to return until later in the month.
Rooney fit, Falcao out
Wayne Rooney is fit and will start for Manchester United against Manchester City on Sunday but striker Radamel Falcao remains out through injury. Manager Louis van Gaal confirmed his captain will play after serving his three-game suspension and said reports he was injured this week were not true. Colombian Falcao missed the 1-1 draw with Chelsea after receiving a kick in training. Winger Antonio Valencia is back available after a hamstring injury.
Pepe and Modric questionable
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed defender Pepe and midfielder Luka Modric are doubts for the game against Granada. "I have to wait before deciding the lineup, Pepe and Modric had small problems. Bale, Coentrao and Jese are not available," he said at a press conference.
Silva out for up to four weeks
Manchester City midfielder David Silva will miss up to four weeks after picking up a knee injury against Newcastle United on Wednesday. Coach Manuel Pellegrini had hoped the problem was not too bad, but tests have revealed Silva has damaged knee ligaments. Midfielder Yaya Toure also picked up a groin problem in the League Cup defeat, but he is expected to be available for Sunday's game.
Hutton injury blow
Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton is not expected to play again until at least mid-November after suffering an injury in training. The full-back missed last Monday's trip to Loftus Road and may even be absent when Scotland face England at Celtic Park on November 18. He will definitely sit out Sunday's Premier League clash with Tottenham as well as West Ham six days later.
Villa boss Paul Lambert said: "The Scotland game will be touch and go. I know we've got a fortnight roughly to go but it depends how quick a healer he is. Alan sprained his ankle in training, on the Friday before the QPR game. There was no major tackle."
Roma without key defenders
Roma will be without defenders Davide Astori and Douglas Maicon on Saturday as the Giallorossi travel to the San Paolo to take on Napoli and fellow defender Kostas Manolas is at risk as well unless the Greek can pass a late fitness test. Astori injured his left leg in Wednesday's match against Cesena and Maicon continues to be bothered by a recurring knee ailment.
Sturridge out of Real Madrid and Chelsea games
Manager Brendan Rodgers expects Daniel Sturridge to miss Liverpool's most demanding week of the season as they play against Real and Chelsea in the space of four days. The striker has not featured for Liverpool since August because of a thigh injury suffered on England duty plus a calf strain sustained before his first full training session back with the club. Liverpool have struggled for form during Sturridge's lay-off and Mario Balotelli's 86th-minute equaliser against Swansea City in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday was their first goal in three matches at Anfield.
Gabi and Ansaldi fit to play
Atletico Madrid's Gabi and Cristian Ansaldi have both been declared fit and have resumed regular training after missing the past several days with injuries. Gabi missed last weekend's match against Getafe due to a left thigh injury suffered the previous week against Espanyol and the midfielder looks set to start against Cordoba after training with the starters on Thursday. Ansaldi, who also missed the Getafe win due to a left hamstring injury, has been given the medical green light to return to training and the Argentine could also start over Siqueira.
Gibson knock not serious
Roberto Martinez has allayed fears that Darron Gibson has suffered another injury set-back. Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill reported a concern over the midfielder when announcing his provisional squad on Wednesday. However, speaking to the media on Thursday morning, Martinez moved to alleviate any doubts over the 27-year-old's fitness. "Darron picked up a knock yesterday in training but I don't think you can call it an injury," he explained. "We'll assess it today and I expect him to train today, so I don't think it's anything to worry about."
Celtic to appeal Tonev seven-game ban
Celtic have backed Aleksandar Tonev after the winger was suspended for seven matches for using "offensive, insulting and abusive language of a racist nature" against Aberdeen defender Shay Logan. The 24-year-old Bulgarian was handed the hefty ban at a Scottish FA's disciplinary tribunal hearing on Thursday for the incident which took place on 13 September. The Parkhead club immediately released a statement on their official website, saying they had accepted Tonev's claim of innocence and confirming the player will appeal the decision.
Bell out for Saints game
Carolina Panthers left tackle Byron Bell will miss Thursday night's game against the New Orleans Saints due to a knee injury. Along with Bell, cornerback Bene Benwikere (ankle), receiver/return Philly Brown (concussion), guards Amini Silatolu (calf) and Trai Turner (knee) and running back Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) have been ruled out.
Safety Thomas DeCoud (hamstring) and defensive tackle Kawann Short (ankle) are listed as questionable. Running back DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is probable after missing the last four games.
Durant has torn biceps
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett did not reveal any details regarding Tony Romo's injury in Tuesday's press conference, but he did confirm linebacker Justin Durant has a torn biceps. Garrett hesitated to rule out Durant for the rest of the season, but said "it's a serious injury" and the team will make a decision based on "how much time is left in the season and what the options are." Durant suffered the injury during the second half of Monday's 20-17 overtime loss to the Redskins. The Cowboys are already without star linebacker Sean Lee and will likely have to find a replacement for Durant given the nature of the injury.
Romo, meanwhile, suffered what the team called a back contusion on Monday and there was no additional information at the time of Garrett's presser. "We did X-rays at the stadium (on Monday) and that allowed us to say he could go back in (Monday's game)," Garrett said. "We are doing additional scans to make sure if there's anything else going on."
Giants nip Royals to win World Series
San Francisco captured the World Series for the third time in five seasons with a 3-2 victory over Kansas City on Wednesday, sparked by pitcher Madison Bumgarner's five shutout relief innings. The Giants defeated the Royals four games to three in Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final to collect their eighth championship overall and follow up titles in 2010 and 2012.
Bumgarner, a 25-year-old left-hander, overpowered Royals batters to win games two and five and pitched in the decider on only two days of rest. He allowed only two hits while striking out four over the final five innings to complete the Giants' championship run. "MadBum" tosed 50 his his 68 pitches for strikes to claim World Series Most Valuable Player honors.
Backlund heads to IR
The Calgary Flames announced Thursday that forward Mikael Backlund was placed on injured reserve. The 25-year-old left-handed Swede posted a goal and three assists in 11 games this season. To fill the roster spot, the Flames recalled forward Michael Ferland from Adirondack of the American Hockey League. Ferland leads the club with nine points (4G, 5A) in nine games.
Flames place Stajan on IR
The Calgary Flames placed forward Matt Stajan on injured reserve Wednesday with a knee injury that is expected to sideline him for six weeks. Stajan left a 2-1 shootout loss to the Canadiens on Tuesday when he was part of an accidental knee-on-knee hit with Montreal defenseman Jarred Tinordi.
Westbrook leaves with hand injury
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook left the game against the Los Angeles Clippers with a right hand injury and didn't return. Head coach Scott Brooks confirmed after the game that Westbrook suffered a small fracture and will be out indefinitely.
The Thunder are already without Kevin Durant, who had foot surgery during the preseason, along with guards Reggie Jackson, Anthony Morrow and Jeremy Lamb and big man Mitch McGary.
New York Knicks point guard Jose Calderon will miss 2 to 3 weeks with a right calf strain. Calderon, who underwent an MRI on Thursday, suffered the strain during the preseason, but re-aggravated it during warm-ups prior to season-opening loss to Chicago on Wednesday. The 33-year-old veteran averaged 11.4 points, 4.7 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 81 games for Dallas last season.
Ecclestone says grid could drop to 14 cars
Bernie Ecclestone has warned that there could be only 14 cars on the 2015 grid as a result of the sport's cost crisis. Caterham and Marussia have both entered administration over the past two weeks, resulting in an 18-car field at this weekend's United States Grand Prix. But Ecclestone says the figure could drop further over the winter, as teams struggle to cope with the financial demands of competing.
Ecclestone also reiterated his concerns about the sound of current Formula 1 cars, following the introduction of turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 power units. "We need to change the regulations… get rid of these engines because they don't do anything for anyone," he said. "They are not Formula 1."
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