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Di Maria declared fit
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed Angel di Maria will be fit to face Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday. The winger complained of a thigh injury following Monday's 1-1 draw at West Brom and missed a training session, but he will be ready to take on the runaway leaders. Midfielder Ander Herrera has also been given the all-clear despite a rib injury scare, but Michael Carrick is not yet fully fit.
Costa could return at United
Diego Costa could start Chelsea's Premier League showdown with Manchester United. The 26-year-old missed last weekend's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace last weekend with a persistent hamstring problem and also spent the night in hospital with a virus early this week, but he was well enough to take part in an individual session at Chelsea's Cobham training ground earlier today.
Manager Jose Mourinho told reporters at his pre-match press conference that Costa has a "little chance" of being fit to feature at Old Trafford, but Loic Remy has been ruled out and is facing a fortnight on the sidelines with a groin injury. Chelsea could also have experienced midfield duo Ramires and Jon Obi Mikel available.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says Papiss Cisse is a doubt for Sunday's game with Tottenham, while Chieck Tiote faces a late fitness check. Cisse has been Newcastle's stand out player so far this season, scoring four times despite missing the beginning of the campaign through injury. The 29-year-old is facing a race against time to be ready for the trip to north London after missing training on Wednesday.
M'Vila out for a month
Inter will be without the services of Yann M'Vila for the next month due to a knee injury. The 24-year-old was hauled off with a suspected serious injury during the Nerazzurri's 0-0 with Saint-Etienne in the Europa League on Thursday. Following tests this morning, which included a clinical evaluation and an MRI scan, the French midfielder's was diagnosed with ligament damage to his left knee.
M'Vila becomes the fourth major Inter casualty, as he joins Jonathan, Danilo D'Ambrosio and Pablo Osvaldo on the treatment table. Yuto Nagatomo and Gary Medel are on the verge of recovering from respective injuries in time to make the weekend trip to Cesena.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is suspended for tomorrow's trip to Sunderland after collecting five yellow cards. Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny returns having served a one-match European ban for the midweek Champions League win at Anderlecht. England forward Theo Walcott has played for the Gunners' Under-21s following nine months out with a knee injury, but is not expected to return to the first-team squad until next weekend.
Defender Laurent Koscielny (Achilles), midfielder Mesut Ozil (knee), goalkeeper David Ospina (thigh), striker Yaya Sanogo (hamstring), midfielder Abou Diaby (calf), France forward Olivier Giroud (fractured foot) are all still out, along with long-term absentee Mathieu Debuchy (ankle).
Cavani handed one-match ban
Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani was handed a one-match ban after being sent-off for celebrating a goal with a rifle-shooting gesture. Cavani was booked for the celebration which followed a penalty he had scored in Paris Saint Germain's 3-1 league win over Lens last weekend and then red-carded for protesting to referee Nicolas Rainville. Cavani will sit out Saturday's game against Bordeaux, but will be available for selection for the trip to Lorient on November 1.
Serbia awarded win over Albania but docked points
UEFA's disciplinary committee awarded Serbia a 3-0 win over Albania but deducted the three points following the violence that broke out during their European Championship qualifier in Belgrade last week. The game was abandoned before halftime after an Albanian nationalist banner was flown into the stadium by a drone, triggering fighting among players and fans.
Serbia was also ordered to play its next two home matches in a closed stadium without fans. The Serbian and Albanian federations were each fined 100,000 euros. Albanian officials criticized the verdict and said they would appeal.
Ramos rejoins group training
Sergio Ramos has recovered from his calf injury just in time ahead of Saturday's El Clasico, and has rejoined the group training for the first time since his injury. Ramos injured his calf on international duty in the beginning of September and was unable to take part in his country's fixtures against Slovakia and Luxembourg. It was speculated that the Spanish international might get minutes against Liverpool on Wednesday, but in the end, the club decided not to take risks.
Fellow defender Pepe is doubtful. "Pepe has taken a knock, but if he recovers well from that blow, he will play," coach Ancelotti said. Gareth Bale remains sidelined and has yet to train with the group, and is therefore almost certainly ruled out of the match against Barcelona.
M'Vila knee injury fears
There are fears Inter midfielder Yann M'Vila suffered ligament damage in the Europa League game with Saint-Etienne. He hobbled off during the second half at San Siro after requesting a substitution. According to initial reports, the medical staff fear a sprained knee with possible collateral ligament damage. More tests will be needed to ascertain the extent of the injury.
De Rosario suspended for one game
Toronto veteran Dwayne De Rosario has been suspended for one game and fined for kicking out at a Montreal Impact player on the weekend. The 36-year-old Canadian attacking midfielder was yellow-carded in stoppage time Saturday for flicking out a leg at defender Hassoun Camara, who was ejected after receiving a second yellow for the initial challenge on the play. The MLS disciplinary committee set De Rosario's punishment to a one-game ban and undisclosed fine for endangering the safety of an opponent.
Midfielder Jonathan Osorio, red-carded in the Montreal game, is also suspended for Toronto's season finale Saturday in New England.
Johnson limited in practice
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was limited in practice for a second straight day as he continues to battle a high ankle sprain and his status for Sunday's game against Atlanta in London is still in question. Johnson has missed the last two games because of the injury, which also severely limited his performance in games against Buffalo and the New York Jets the previous two weeks.
Defensive end Ziggy Ansah returned to practice in a limited role Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's session because of a toe issue, while running back Reggie Bush sat out Thursday because of an ankle problem. Tight ends Eric Ebron (hamstring), Joseph Fauria (ankle) and Brandon Pettigrew (foot) were also unable to practice Thursday.
Flowers out vs. Broncos
San Diego Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers will miss Thursday night's game against the Denver Broncos. Flowers suffered a concussion in last Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He was held out of practice this week.
Fellow cornerbacks Jason Verrett (shoulder) and Steve Williams (groin) are listed as questionable. Running backs Ryan Mathews (knee) and Donald Brown (concussion) and linebacker Manti Te'o (foot) have also been ruled out. Linebacker Jerry Attaochu is doubtful with a hamstring injury.
Islanders put Grabovski on IR
The New York Islanders placed forward Mikhail Grabovski on injured reserve Wednesday, with the move retroactive to Oct. 16. Grabovski is out indefinitely and hasn't played since suffering a concussion as a result of absorbing a clean, hard, open-ice hit from San Jose's John Scott last Thursday.
Crawford out with upper-body injury
Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. It is unclear when Crawford suffered the injury. Crawford is 3-0-1 with a 1.66 goals-against average in four games this season.
Chicago recalled goaltender Scott Darling from Rockford of the American Hockey League. The 25-year-old never has played in the NHL.
Nash won't play this season
Recurring nerve damage in his back will keep Steve Nash from playing in his 19th NBA season. The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday that after consulting with the team's medical staff, both Nash and the organization believe it is in the best interest of the future Hall of Famer to not take the court this season.
Nash has battled numerous injuries since joining the Lakers in July of 2012, appearing in just 65 of a possible 164 regular season games. He was limited to 15 games and 10 starts last season due to nerve damage from a leg injury he suffered the season before. Following last season, Nash announced that the 2014-15 campaign would be his last. The 40-year-old has made no formal retirement announcement at this time.
Butler has sprained thumb
Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler has a sprained thumb and will miss Friday's preseason finale against Minnesota, the team said Tuesday. Butler suffered the left thumb injury on Sunday against Charlotte and sat out Monday's game against Cleveland. The 2011 first-round pick will be re-evaluated after Friday's game.
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