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Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner ‘days away from return’

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Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is recovering more quickly than expected from his ankle injury and could return to training in a matter of days. The Metro claims that the Dane's swift comeback could dissuade Arsene Wenger from signing another striker during the current transfer window. Wenger had been linked with a loan bid for Real [.

Wilshere makes it back to the training ground

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There's some good news on the Arsenal injury front as midfielder Jack Wilshere is back in training again after more than a year on the sidelines due to an ankle injury. Wilshere injured his ankle about 14 months ago during a pre-season match against the New York Red Bulls at the Emirates. He attempted to return to the squad a couple of times last season, but then suffered setbacks that kept him out of action.

Mannone in as Arsenal lose Szczesney to injury!

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Szczesney to miss clash against Montpellier by TS

According to reports from ESPN, Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny will miss tomorrow's game following an ankle injury. The Polish international has not traveled with the squad for the Champions League clash against Montpellier.

Manchester United Aiming To Beat Liverpool To Mexico Midfielder

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Manchester United is considering a £10million move for Mexico's Olympic star Hector Herrera.
The 22-year-old midfielder was the inspiration behind Mexico's gold medal victory and has been on United's radar for over a year with Liverpool also very keen.
Pachuca sporting director Andres Fassi has announced they had had a fresh approach from United requesting permission to approach the starlet who is nicknamed 'Zorro'.

Backpage Roundup: Henry on RVP and Wilshere, Barca to Bid for Song, Szczesny’s Confidence and More

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Henry: Gunners Will Survive Without Van Persie

Thierry Henry wants current Arsenal captain Robin van Persie to extend his contract with the club but says that the Gunners will be fine even if the Dutchman is sold this summer.

European Soccer

Bradley included on Roma squad list for match vs. Napoli

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By DAN KARELL

After being sidelined for the last six weeks due to an ankle injury, Michael Bradley looks set to return on Friday.

The AS Roma midfielder was included in the team squad for Friday's big match against Napoli at home, with Roma hoping to extend their perfect start to the season to eight games.

Mid-Day Ticker: Martinez to Bayern done; Barca, Madrid hit with bans & more

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Javi Martinez is officially a Bayern Munich player.

After an on-again, off-again transfer saga, the Spanish international has completed his move from Athletic Bilbao to the German giants for a €40 million fee that was necessary to trigger a buy-out clause in his contract.

Monday Kickoff: Rooney could miss two months, Lucio sidelined, and more

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By BRYAN ROBISON

While Manchester United was able to enter the win column with a 3-2 win over Fulham after losing their season debut to Everton last weekend, it was not all good news for the Red Devils, as star Wayne Rooney went down with a leg injury. After attempting to deflect Fulham's Hugo Rodallega's shot, Rooney had his thigh cut open by Rodallega's cleat after he stepped on Rooney's leg.

Mid-Day Ticker: Rogers on Leeds transfer list, Cameron set for Azteca & more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

It appears Robbie Rogers' brief tenure with Leeds United could be coming to an end.

The U.S. national team midfielder has been placed on the club's transfer list, manager Neil Warnock said. Rogers signed with Leeds as a free agent in December after five years with the Columbus Crew.

Mid-Day Ticker: Schweinsteiger questionable, River Plate promoted and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Germany is to defeat Italy in the Euro 2012 semifinals and advance the the tournament finale, they might have to do it without one of their key midfielders.

Bastian Schweinsteiger is questionable for Germany's semifinal bout on Thursday against Andrea Pirlo and the rest of the Azzurri with an ankle injury.

English Premier League

Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic will miss start of new season

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Matija Nastasic will miss the start of the new season with an ankle injury. The Manchester City centre-back was stretchered off during his side's pre-season clash with Sunderland in Hong Kong last month. City have been assessing the injury since then and it is now confirmed that he will be out of action for at [.

Tottenham star Gareth Bale’s nasty looking ankle injury

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Spurs' battle for Champions League football appeared to take a blow last night after their talisman, Gareth Bale, was stretchered off during the Europa League clash with Basel. Bale's ankle twisted to right angles, forcing him off the pitch late in last night's match. But manager Andre Villas Boas has since delivered some optimistic news.

Micah Richards Ruled Out For Four Months

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Manchester City defender Micah Richards is expected to be our for four months after undergoing an operation on Monday to repair a torn meniscus.

Richards, who picked up the injury against Swansea on Saturday is expected to miss at least 20 matches, and is a big loss for a Man City side that has struggled defensively all season.

Liverpool set to make Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge first signing of January

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Daniel Sturridge of Chelsea (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

The unfortunate news that Liverpool forward Fabio Borini is set to have surgery on his ankle injury sustained while on international duty with Italy this past week has seen the Reds left in just the position that manager Brendan Rodgers has feared would happen.

Sunday Afternoon Union Freekicks: A Quiet Weekend

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Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Union, MLS, and U.S. National team related news and notes...

USA Wins 2012 U-20 World Cup Beating Germany 1-0 [SoccerNation.com] - "Kealia Ohai scored a 44th-minute goal to end Germany's record shutout streak en route to the USA's third World Cup crown in this tournament's history.

Aguero Back Within A Month Says Mancini

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini expects striker Sergio Aguero to be back within a month from a knee injury.

Aguero was carried off on a stretcher after eight minutes following a challenge by Saints' Nathaniel Clyne during Sunday's 3-2 win over Southampton.

"I don't think Sergio will be out for long and we are hoping he will be back after the international break," Mancini told the Man City website.

Can Arsenal depend on Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky this season?

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With the start of the season quickly creeping up on the calendar and the transfer window being open until the end of August, Arsenal, like most other Premier League teams, aren't sure who will be in the line-up on opening day and who might not be with the club anymore.

One thing looks certain though, and that's that Gunners midfielders Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere won't be ready to play when the season kicks off.

The Charlie Adam Tackle

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The third World War which is currently brewing over the Great Charlie Adam Tackle of 2012 is quite something, because if you'd read the reports, with Charlie being called a "coward," you'd think ol' Charlie came into the challenge with an arsenal of medieval weaponry and a dancing street gang.

United forward glad to be back

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Manchester United forward Federico Macheda realizes that spending loan spells at other clubs reminds him of how much he wants to remain a Red Devil in the long run.

Macheda, 20, arrived at United as a teenager in 2008 but has since been sent out on loan at Sampdoria and Queens Park Rangers.

Lambert predicts big season from Bent

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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes star striker Darren Bent will have a major part to play in the club's plans this season.

The new Villa chief will be able to unleash the England striker from the start of the new Premier League campaign after Bent recovered from the ankle injury that kept him out of Euro 2012.

Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge Could Face Four Months On Sidelines After England Injury: The Nightly EPL

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could be out of action for four months due to an injury he picked up for England against Ireland on Wednesday.

The worst-case scenario is that Sturridge's ankle injury could keep him out until the end of September, which will severely impact Liverpool's strikeforce since Luis Suarez is out suspended until that time.

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge stretchered off during England vs Republic of Ireland

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Daniel Sturridge will miss England's match against Brazil after picking up an injury during last night's draw with the Republic of Ireland. The Liverpool striker was stretchered off with an ankle injury after 38 minutes. England manager Roy Hodgson said: "He's not going to Brazil. He had a good start and we were sad to [.

Rodgers Open To Aquilani Return

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Brendan Rodgers has left the door open for a return to the Liverpool first team for forgotten man Alberto Aquilani.
The Italian arrived in a blaze of publicity in 2009 for a fee of £20m while still recovering from surgery on an ankle injury.
But the 28-year-old failed to settle on Merseyside, making just 18 appearances in total for Liverpool - half of which were as a substitute.

Colorado Rapids

MLS Ticker: Beckham returns, Soumare out for the season, and more

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After being sidelined for three weeks, David Beckham has recovered from an ankle injury and could make his return to action for the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday when they take on the Colorado Rapids.

Beckham resumed training this week and is on the verge of returning to action after missing the team's past two MLS victories against the Colorado Rapids and Toronto FC.

Rapids Enter Their Death Zone

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In climbing, everything above 26,000 feet is the Death Zone
In 6 competitive games in Seattle (4 in MLS, 2 in USOC). the Rapids have lost 6 times, scoring 4 goals and allowing 16. Tomorrow the Rapids will enter their Death Zone again as they're in my hometown for a late game. Both teams are coming off of 4th of July games, Seattle was held to a scoreless draw in Sandy.

Wayne Rooney

England squad for Sept 7 (Moldova) & Sept 11 (Ukraine) WCQ Matches

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Roy Hodgson has announced a 24-man squad for England's upcoming World Cup Qualifying matches against Moldova (September 7th) and Ukraine (September 11th).

It's a squad with all England based players with several from Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United. Ashley Cole will miss the Moldova match due to an ankle injury but might be available for the Ukraine match.

Semifinal Preview: Italy vs. Germany

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Italy and Germany are tremendous historic rivals; as two of Europe's most powerful footballing nations, any match between these two squads is intense and there is usually something on the line. Although this match probably won't be as epic as the battle in Dortmund in the 2006 World Cup, it is still highly-anticipated and should be plenty exciting.

Columbus Crew

Rogers loaned to Stevenage

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Robbie Rogers has a new place to play until this winter.

Rogers was loaned Thursday from Leeds United to League One side Stevenage, where he will play for former Colorado Rapids manager Gary Smith. The loan extends until the end of 2012, at which point he will return to Leeds.

Goodbye, Number 9

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Colombian striker Jose Moreno waived by the Revolution on Monday. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

Advertised as the New England Revolution's new number 9 back in February, Jose Moreno came to the club on loan from Colombian side Once Caldas with high expectations. From the beginning, nothing seemed to go as planned and now Moreno's time with the club is over after being waived on Aug.

Revolution 0, Crew 0: A Game of Missed Opportunities

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Nil-nil is not often a fair result, but on a night where the New England Revolution squandered early chances, and the Columbus Crew played a tight defensive formation, 0-0 is a fair result. With each team taking a point away, there was absolutely no movement in the Eastern Conference leaving New England in sixth place, which is just outside of the last spot.

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David Ferreira Back in Boots

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A bit of good news came out of Tuesday's training session for FC Dallas. 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira, who has missed the last 15 months with an ankle injury, returned to practice in his boots for the first time in some time. FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman elaborated.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Escape to LA Edition

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In their last training session before flying to LA to take on the Galaxy tomorrow, the Timbers found themselves in the middle of a much more busy training facility that normal. With the usual practice taking place alongside a Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club tournament and a tour for sponsors of the team, the atmosphere around the Timbers training facility was much more lively that normal.

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This weeks 5mTKO is now available on CSRN – everything Timbers and talking Footy Movies

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Roberto and Nevets are joined by movie critic Shawn Levy (aka Bickle). Topics include: Kris Boyd won a 2.4 million pound settlement against his former club in Turkey. Scottish papers have forward Kenny Miller linked with the Timbers. Wallace came back from international duty with an ankle injury. A look ahead to the match with the LA Galaxy and we talk Footy movies!

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Preseason 2.0 Edition

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The Portland Timbers trained as usual at the Timbers' training facility in Beaverton this morning. Players stayed out on the field until well after noon today, taking advantage of the almost-summer sun. We were not allowed to see any of the players' post-training activities, so I don't have anything to report on that footing.

The Rest

George John Will Be Ready for Saturday Says Schellas Hyndman

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When FC Dallas hit the practice field on Tuesday morning, the club's first practice since a 3-3 draw at San Jose on Saturday night, the club did so without center back George John, who has been recovering from an ankle injury. John, a third-year defender who had a trial with West Ham United of England's second division earlier this year, did a session with homegrown forward Jonathan Top, who is also currently out with an ankle injury right after his teammates had ended practice and a member of the FCD medical staff.

Pique to be a dad

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Gerard Pique and Shakira announce that they are expecting their first child. The pop star and Barcelona FC player who is currently out with an ankle injury were rumored to be expecting their first child as far back as last June. No word on when the couple are actually due. Hopefully, the will not disappoint us and follow the trend of celebrities who give their babies wacky names.

Mathieu Debuchy Injured In France’s 0-0 Draw With Uruguay

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Newcastle target Mathieu Debuchy lasted only 28 minutes in France's 0-0 draw with Uruguay at the Stade Océane in Le Havre last night, before he had to come off the field after injuring his ankle, but we don't know how bad the injury is. Mathieu Debuchy sustained an ankle injury last night in Le Havre If Newcastle get Vurnon [.

Zak Boggs Retires Because He's Incredibly Smart

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Since this blog was founded in late 2010/early 2011, we've had a lot to say about Zak Boggs. Not all of it has been positive. However, this last time what we'd like to say is "good luck." The Revolution released this afternoon that Boggs, a third-year midfielder, has retired from soccer to accept a Fullbright Scholarship for medical sciences at Leicester University in England.

Red Bulls vs. Tottenham: Match Night Commentary

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Tim Cahill will make his New York Red Bulls debut at Red Bull Arena Tuesday night, as the Red Bulls host Tottenham in the Barclays New York Cup (7 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN3.com).

Cahill, who is in the starting XI, will look to replicate Thierry Henry's feat of scoring against Tottenham in his Red Bulls debut, something he did two summers ago.

World Cup qualifying: An underwhelming USA beat a game Antigua, 3-1

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Three points on the board as USA starts its 2014 qualifying. How those three points were achieved is debatable. For those who see the cup as half full, the USA created chances at a phenomenal rate. For those more pessimistic, they just could not score and the scoreline should have been doubled.