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Rodgers' job safe at Liverpool for now
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is under no immediate threat of losing his job at Anfield despite admitting the mounting pressure after a series of poor results. Liverpool suffered a fourth straight defeat at Crystal Palace at the weekend, leaving the club making their worst start to a Premier League season in 22 years. They are in the bottom half of the table and must win their last two UEFA Champions League group games to prevent an early exit from the competition, but the club's owners remain committed to a long-term outlook at the club.
Villa defence ravaged by injury
Aston Villa could be without three central defenders as Philippe Senderos is out and both Ron Vlaar and Nathan Baker are unlikely to be fit. Fabian Delph is also set to miss out again as the England international battles to recover from a dislocated shoulder he sustained in a training ground fall. Christian Benteke continues to serve a three-match ban, but full-back Alan Hutton returns after injury.
Naismith set to miss Wolfsburg
Everton Steven Naismith is likely to miss Thursday's UEFA Europa League match against Wolfsburg, although he will not be sidelined for too long. The Scotland forward was withdrawn in the 89th minute of Saturday's 2-1 Premier League home win over West Ham. And while the hamstring complaint is not considered serious, managaer Roberto Matinez is not expecting to have Naismith available for the trip to Germany.
Aguero and Jovetic passed fit
Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic are fit to face Bayern Munich tomorrow, despite missing training with Manchester City today. "Both of then are in the squad list," said Pellegrini. "They have a small problem from the last game, that's all." The availability of Aguero and Jovetic is a major relief to Pellegrini, who was already down to the pair as his only fit strikers, with Edin Dzeko already injured. City, with just two points from four group games, must beat Bayern and register a first win in the competition this season to retain the best possible chance of making the knockout stage.
Parlak ruled out for the season
Kayseri Erciyesspor's striker Ilhan Parlak has been ruled out for the season due to an injury he sustained during his sides 2-1 defeat against Eskisehirspor. The 27-year-old ruptured his anterior crucial ligament and was taken off the field in the 31. minute of the game. The former Fenerbahce striker has made eight appearances for Erciyesspor this season.
Veh leaves Stuttgart
Armin Veh has stepped down as Stuttgart coach after a 1-0 defeat against Augsburg on Sunday left them bottom of the Bundesliga. Veh, 53, left Eintracht Frankfurth last summer and then returned to the club where he won a surprise 2006/07 Bundesliga title. He also became sporting director in September, a role he has relinquished.
"This step has not come easy for me, as the club and team are close to my heart," Veh said. "In the end I had to do this, because I am convinced this is the right step. The team is better than their place in the table, nine points from 12 games are simply not enough. And I am responsible for that. We and I were also lacking that little bit of luck."
Wilshere and Szczesny set to miss Dortmund clash
Arsenal looks likely to be dealt a double injury blow ahead of their Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund after both Jack Wilshere and Wojciech Szczesny was forced off during their recent 2-1 loss to Manchester United.
It was first feared that the 22-year-old midfielder either broke or fractured his ankle, but upon further scans, he was given the good news that he suffered no such fate. However, Wilshere is still being monitored as he may have potential ligament damage. Szczesny, who suffered a hip injury in the build up to United's first goal, could also miss the upcoming match although the seriousness of his knock has been played down.
Vermaelen hurt again
Thomas Vermaelen has been ruled out of Barcelona's Champions League clash with APOEL after suffering a hamstring injury. The defender has not played a single minute following his move to Camp Nou from Arsenal. The Belgium international has struggled with several muscle problems but had resumed training and appeared to be on track to feature for Luis Enrique's side in midweek. However, the centre-back is struggling with pain in his right hamstring and Enrique has ruled him out for the match on Tuesday. Andres Iniesta has also been excluded from Barca's squad, as he is yet to be declared fully fit.
Reus out of action until January
Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus will miss the rest of 2014 after suffering his sixth ankle injury in a year, the club confirmed on Sunday. The 25-year-old was taken off on a stretcher after tearing ligaments in his right ankle following a foul by Paderborn's Marvin Bakalorz, 66 minutes into Dortmund's 2-2 away draw on Saturday. Torn ligaments in his left ankle ruled him out of Germany's victorious World Cup campaign and he missed seven games after injuring the same ankle in the world champions' 2-1 win over Scotland in a Euro 2016 qualifier in September.
Mandzukic fit for Champions League
Mario Mandzukic is expected to be ready to play for Atletico Madrid against Olympiacos in the Champions League. Mandzukic had to be replaced just before the hour mark of Atletico's 3-1 win over Malaga due to a neck injury but he was in training on Sunday, the only player who started the day before to attend the session. Mandzukic worked largely with the medical staff and it's believed he'll be able to feature against the Greeks.
Fitzgerald's consecutive starts streak ends
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was inactive for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks, ending his streak of consecutive starts at 110. Fitzgerald was questionable after suffering an MCL sprain in his left knee last week against Detroit. Fitzgerald last missed a game in Week 13 of the 2007 season. It's just the fifth game Fitzgerald has missed in his NFL career. Seattle, meanwhile, was without left guard James Carpenter for the third straight game with an ankle sprain.
Bush out versus Patriots
Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush is inactive for Sunday's Week 12 game at New England. Bush is nursing an ankle injury that forced him to also miss last week's game. The 29-year-old Bush has carried the ball 53 times for 191 yards and one touchdown in seven games this season. The USC product has also caught 26 passes for 169 yards. Joique Bell will get the bulk of the work in the backfield.
Pouliot out indefinitely with broken foot
Edmonton Oilers forward Benoit Pouliot is out indefinitely after suffering a broken foot in Friday's game against the New Jersey Devils, the team announced during the second intermission. Pouliot, who signed a five-year, $20 million contract with the Oilers in the offseason, exited after blocking Marek Zidlicky's shot. The 28-year-old has tallied three goals and five assists in 19 games this season.
Sabres-Rangers game postponed
The National Hockey League announced that Friday's game between the New York Rangers and Sabres in Buffalo has been postponed because of snow that has blanketed the area. A makeup date has yet to be announced.
Martin out with fractured wrist
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin will be sidelined indefinitely because of a fractured right wrist. Martin was hurt during the first quarter of Minnesota's win over the Knicks on Wednesday, but played the remainder of the game and scored a team-best 37 points.
An MRI exam revealed the extent of the injury and further evaluation over the next few days will determine the course of action for Martin's treatment and recovery. Martin is averaging a team-best 20.4 points in nine games this season.
Gordon has foot surgery
The Orlando Magic revealed on Friday that rookie forward Aaron Gordon underwent successful surgery on a broken toe. Gordon fractured a bone in his left foot last Saturday. An X-ray following Orlando's loss to Washington revealed a fracture in the fifth metatarsal. There is no solid timetable on his return to action, as it will depend on how well Gordon responds during the rehabilitation process.
Hamilton crowned F1 champion
Lewis Hamilton has been crowned F1 world champion for the second time after winning the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi. The 29-year-old only needed a second place finish to secure top spot but overtook title rival Nico Rosberg on the line and led for most of the race. Felipe Massa crossed the line in second place ahead of his Williams teammate Valtteri Bottas. Rosberg lost places after reporting a power loss.
Red Bull drivers excluded from qualifying
Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo have been excluded from qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, after the stewards deemed their front wings to be illegal. As a result, Vettel and Ricciardo's times have been deleted, but they will be permitted to start the race from the back of the grid, as opposed to the pit lane. While it accepted the penalty, Red Bull was quick to express its frustration at being "singled out", as it reckons other teams are running similar designs.
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