Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says the quality of the match is more important than transfer talk

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Arsene Wenger has dismissed the whirlwind of transfer speculation surround Arsenal saying that tomorrow night's match against Fenerbahce is what really matters. The Gunners have been linked, unsuccessfully, with a series of targets over the summer. The latest player to be targeted by the north London club is Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye.

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At the start of the week, Spurs manager Harry Redknapp painted a rather grim picture of injury issues in the Tottenham squad but after Rafael van der Vaart declared his readiness for the Arsenal game on Sunday, Emmanuel Adebayor has also announced that he hopes to be fit to face his former club.

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With yesterday's FA Cup tie quickly glossed over and forgotten for the time being, attention has already turned to Sunday's North London derby with news that Tottenham's injury problems are getting much worse.

Yesterday saw the return of last year's match winner Younes Kaboul but that was about the only piece of good news amidst reports that Luka Modric, BAE and Emmanuel Adebayor are all doubts for next Sunday's clash.

Frimpong still joking despite long-term injury worry

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The Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong spent the whole of last season on the sidelines after damaging his cruciate ligament in pre-season, but he has come back strongly this year and was sent on loan to Wolves to give him some extended first-team action. But disaster struck yesterday when he was stretchered off halfway theough the [.

Then There Was None

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The most prized left foot in the club now

When it rains, it pours. Especially when it is related to the Arsenal injury news. If you haven't already heard, Andre Santos will need to undergo a surgery to repair his damaged ligament in his right ankle. That will take him out of action right until middle of March.

RvP Got a Dodgy Knee; Cesc Targets Barcelona Return

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Great win for the Gunners yesterday against Leyton Orient. Clichy's well chuffed with his goal. Figures it was probably better than Nick's hattrick. Good for him. Conor Henderson enjoyed his debut. He's of course focused on the reserve team and taking his chances when Wenger brings him into the first team.

Arsenal Crock Thomas Vermaelen Set For Surgery

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By Chris Wright

Arsenal have decided that the Achilles tweak that was supposed to keep Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen out for, and I quote, 'a couple of weeks' back in late September will now require surgery with the procedure almost definitely set to push back the centre-back's return date by a further six weeks.

Arsenal v Wigan Preview : Have We Any Other Striker?

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Limelight's on one Dutchman tonight

Carling Cup quarter finals is the match for Arsenal tonight and Wigan are the visitors. For so many seasons, this competition represents the gateway to the future of Arsenal. That however has changed this season. Whether it is down to the fact that we've gone 5 years without a trophy or it is just the make-up of the squad that simply makes it look unexpectedly strong, Arsene Wenger seems to have a little more interest in this competition than usual.

Not another Alan Smith, please.

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We've seen this happen before. Not only to Arsenal players, though theirs get the most airtime and end up being the most horrific. It has happened to United as well.  Alan Smith, who made the most hated crossover in English Football when he came over from Leeds.


Mid-Day Ticker: Rossi out 10 months, Pizarro denies deal, and more

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Giuseppi Rossi's injury is worse than originally feared.

After being projected to miss another six months with the torn ACL he suffered earlier this month, Rossi is now being ruled out for 10 months. The Italian international needs two surgeries to repair the damaged ligament in his right knee, but the latest timetable for recovery means Rossi will miss most of next season.

Joel Zumaya Injured, Might Retire

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Joel Zumaya is injured again. The power relief pitcher who was signed by the Minnesota Twins in the offseason has torn an elbow ligament and will need Tommy John surgery to continue his baseball career. That said, Zumaya isn't yet sure he wants to continue to play baseball.

"I know I'm pretty young, but I'm probably going to go on six surgeries if I go get another one," said Zumaya, who began his career with the Detroit Tigers.

Kobe Bryant is on Fire

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Who says Kobe Bryant is old? He sure doesn't look old right now. The superstar guard for the Los Angeles Lakers dropped 40 points on the Utah Jazz tonight 24 hours after torching the Phoenix Suns for 48 points. With Kobe on fire, the Lakers have won four straight games and once again look like a legit contender in the Western Conference.


Hamid out 1-3 weeks with ankle knock

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Bill Hamid is expected to miss the next one to three weeks with the ankle injury he picked up while with the U.S. Under-23 men's national team, D.C. United announced on Thursday.

MRI results revealed the 21-year-old goalkeeper suffered a ligament sprain and bone contusions to his left ankle in the first half of the U.

Messi leaves stadium on crutches and will undergo further testing on Monday for ankle injury

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Early tests on Messi's ankle reveal no bone injury and is being called a ligament sprain to his right ankle. read more...

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Vidic Confirmed to Be Out for the Rest of Season

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Following recent statement regarding Nemanja Vidic's injury status which previously arrived from the player's agent, Manchester United's manger, Sir Alex Ferguson has now confirmed that the Serbian international won't be available for the rest of this season.

Fergie revealed that the situation has actually been predicted by United's medical team, stating that the player will immediately see a specialist and get an operation once the swollen on the knee gets better.

Luka’s Finest Achievement. He’s Made Terry Feel Superior.

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As I write this, I'm on my way to a job interview. I'm happy with my current job but that's often the best time to have a look round. This is a similar role but in a national private corporation as opposed to the voluntary sector. I'll have greater responsibilities, a bigger budget, more people to manage and a higher profile, which this stage of my career is a real opportunity.

Ledley’s Knee Beats Liverpool

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What the new ground needs, wherever we may end up, is a statue. It's the thing these days, dignifying our improvised chaotic representation of beauty with the use of an art-form that stretches back beyond antiquity. Wolves and Wembley have had one for a while but there's been a spate in the last few years.

Gary O’Neil To Retire From Football

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As the Middlesbrough players and fans head to Humberside today for the npower Championship clash against Hull City I'm sure many will be thinking about Gary O'Neil and hoping the former Boro captain recovers from what looks like a very serious ankle injury sustained only last week.

The 27-year-old was clattered by Nigel Reo-Coker in last Sunday's Premier League clash at Upton Park and was stretchered off only to find out that he had torn the ligament from his ankle in the challenge.

Everton Relieved That Jack Rodwell Will ‘Only’ Face Three Months Out

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By Chris Wright

Everton have confirmed that Jack Rodwell will be out of contention for the next three months due to the ankle injury he sustained during their Premier League tie with Aston Villa a fortnight ago.

Initially it was though that Rodwell had merely twisted his ankle during a challenge with Villa defender Stephen Warnock, but it soon became apparent that the problem was far worse than first expected.

La Liga

Injury Woes Hit Villarreal Ahead Of Champions League Tie

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Villarreal will be without Cristian Zapata, Cani, Marco Ruben and Marcos Senna for their Group A meeting with Manchester City, while Javier Camuñas is doubtful.

These injuries are in addition to Giuseppe Rossi, who is out for six months, after knee surgery earlier this week.

The most serious of the other injuries appears to be to Zapata, who strained a ligament in his right knee during Saturday's 2-0 Liga win against Rayo Vallecano, an injury which is likely to sideline him for five weeks.

Sergio Canales Out For Six Months

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Valencia midfielder Sergio Canales is facing three to six months on the sidelines after partially tearing a ligament in the 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Canales, 20, joined Los Che from Real Madrid on a two-year loan with an option to buy at the end of the contract and has impressed at the club despite only netting one goal.


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Barcelona hit-man Lionel Messi will miss up to three weeks of action after sustaining an ankle sprain.

During Barca's 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid today, Messi was stretchered off the pitch in the closing moments of the game after a hard tackle by Tomas Ujfalusi.

The one-time Czech Republic international footballer was issued his second yellow card of the match and in turn shown the locker room.

Toronto FC

Western Conference Notes: Galaxy deal with Juninho absence, Timbers not overconfident and more

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The LA Galaxy looks set to lose another key player for Saturday's match against Toronto FC.

Galaxy midfielder Juninho will miss the club's match with Toronto FC on Saturday to get married in his native Brazil. Juninho is added to a list that includes Landon Donovan and Donovan Ricketts, who are on International duty.

Wynne, Nane out for Saturday

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Macoumba Kandji has returned to practice for the first time since he tore a ligament in the MLS Cup in November, but the injury list for the Colorado Rapids is not getting any shorter.

Marvell Wynne and Joseph Nane went on the injured list for Saturday's showdown with Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia Union.

Seattle Sounders vs DC United Scouting Report: More of the Same, Please

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Last season DC United were awful. Their -26 Goal Differential was the worst since 2005, when expansion teams Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA stunk up the place, and the worst for a non-expansion side since the 2003 Dallas Burn finished with a -29 differential. The problems were mostly on the offensive side.

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Man City: Crystal Palace Halt Citizens’ 18-Game Winning Streak After Dramatic Draw At Selhurst Park (Video)

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Manchester City's record-breaking 18-game Premier League winning streak came to an end at a rainy Selhurst Park on Sunday, with the Eagles almost pulling off an unlikely victory.

City saw Gabriel Jesus forced off by injury in the first-half, after an awkward landing.

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Ligament - body tissue connecting muscles and bones (especially, knee and ankle)

Wednesday Kickoff: MLS eyes Queens stadium site, Schweinsteiger fit and more

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MLS is reportedly closing in on a home for its coveted second New York franchise.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the league has zoned in on an area in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, where a 20,000-25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium would be built. A proposal for what would be a privately funded stadium has been shown to local politicians, and according to WSJ, since the stadium would be built on city-owned park land, the city council and state legislature would need to sign off on the plan, which is in its infancy.

Everton - Spurs Preview: Bad News for Fans of Traditional, Pacy Wing Play

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Four points from our four big games (Liverpool, Newcastle, l'Arse and Man Utd) is a tad below par, and the gap to the ‘orrible lot down the road has shrunk accordingly, but even the most pessimistic, nihilistic doom-mongerers of our clan are struggling to whip themselves into a genuine frenzy regarding our two consecutive defeats.

Krieger Undergoes Successful Surgery

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U.S. defender Ali Krieger underwent surgery this morning at Commonwealth Orthopedics in Fairfax, Va., to repair the torn ACL in her right knee suffered in the first match of the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Krieger also tore her MCL, but that ligament was not surgically repaired as it has the ability to heal naturally during the rehabilitation process.

QPR Report Friday Update: QPR's CEO Talking About QPR's Need to Move...Chelsea's CEO: No Desire to Share With QPR

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- QPR 1962-1963 See a whole bunch more of the Brilliant Set of Photos of QPR's 1962/63 Season (From the Bushman Archives)

- Throughout the day, the QPR Report Messageboard has news updates, comments and perspectives - even links to other board comments of interest re QPR matters (on and off the field) along with football (and ONLY football) topics in general.

SuperPippo Could Return Very Soon

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When AC Milan played Palermo on November 10th earlier this season, despite winning by three goals to one, most Milanisti left the game in tears. Pippo Inzaghi, the evergreen Italian striker, suffered cruciate ligament and meniscus damage in his left knee after coming on as a substitute. At the time it seemed like his season, if not his career, was in major jeopardy, but today, Pippo has announced that his return could be much sooner than expected.

Skrtel Reveals Injury Concern

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Martin Skrtel has revealed he had to take an injection to complete Liverpool's weekend triumph at Chelsea.
The Reds centre-back was one of the heroes on Sunday as Kenny Dalglish's side recorded their fourth successive victory with a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
All the hype centred around Fernando Torres, who joined Chelsea from Liverpool on transfer deadline day in a British record £50million deal, but it was Raul Meireles who grabbed the headlines with the match-winning strike.

Charlie Davies “Alive and Kicking” ESPN Magazine

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Great article from ESPN Magazine with an update on Charlie Davies!

By Charlie Davies, as told to Luke Cyphers
ESPN The Magazine

In the fall of 2009, Charlie Davies was on top of the world, having just helped the U.S. national soccer team qualify for the World Cup.