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Filekovic wait for Robins

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Barnsley manager Mark Robins is hoping to complete the signing of Slovenia international Suad Filekovic in time for the Carling Cup clash with Burnley.The former Maribor defender, 31, has agreed to an initial short-term contract until January after impressing new boss Robins in a recent week-long trial but has yet to finalise the deal.Robins said: "Suad Filekovic is back in the country and we wi...Full Story »

Gardner return boosts Megson

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Bolton manager Gary Megson has welcomed the return of Ricardo Gardner and hopes the long-serving midfielder can stay injury free.Gardner is expected to get another run-out on Tuesday night against West Ham in the Carling Cup at the Reebok Stadium.The Jamaican gave a dynamic performance in the second half of the 1-1 draw with Stoke following his recovery from a hamstring problem that saw him side...Full Story »

Wenger puts faith in youth

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Arsene Wenger is expected to again give his Arsenal youngsters and fringe players a chance to impress in the Carling Cup clash against West Brom on Tuesday night.Centre-half Philippe Senderos should provide some experience at the back after remaining at Emirates Stadium despite the chance to leave during the transfer window, along with veteran Mikael Silvestre, who has made just one appearance s...Full Story »

Micael is key player - Michorl

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Austria Vienna assistant manager Sepp Michorl has picked out playmaker Ruben Micael as the key man for Nacional in their Europa League Group L clash.The 23-year-old scored twice in the qualifying play-off against Zenit St Petersburg - once in each leg - including a last-minute goal in Russia which handed Nacional their aggregate win.Michorl told www.fk-austria.at: "He is a classic playmaker and ...Full Story »

Bremen wait on duo

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Werder Bremen are sweating on the fitness of Tim Borowski and Sebastian Boenisch ahead of their meeting with Athletic Bilbao, where the top two teams in Group L of the Europa League go head-to-head at the Weserstadion.Germany midfielder Borowski has been struggling with a back injury in the wake of Saturday's 3-0 win over Mainz, while left-back Boenisch took a blow to his thigh in training on Mo...Full Story »

PSV searching for win

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

PSV Eindhoven will be looking to improve on the draw they claimed against Sparta Prague in the opening round of the UEFA Europa League when they host CFR Cluj.PSV scored twice in the last 10 minutes against Sparta, with Jonathan Reis keeping his cool to convert an injury-time penalty to leave the Dutch side second in Group K.However, their Romanian opponents beat FC Copenhagen 2-0 in their openi...Full Story »

Chovanec excited by Czech duo

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Sparta Prague coach Jozef Chovanec is looking forward to coming up against two Czech players when his side face FC Copenhagen on Thursday.Sparta make the trip to Denmark for their Europa League Group K game with one point in the bag, from a 2-2 draw with PSV Eindhoven in which they twice gave away the lead.Copenhagen are not even that well off having slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Cluj in their firs...Full Story »

Shakhtar seeking home comforts

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Shakhtar Donetsk's new 50,000-capacity Donbass Arena makes its European debut and last season's UEFA Cup champions hope it inspires them to continue their winning start in the revamped competition.The US dollars 400million project is eastern Europe's first stadium to meet UEFA's elite-class standard and was designed by ArupSport, the company responsible for the City of Manchester Stadium, home o...Full Story »

Casanova urges Toulouse focus

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Toulouse coach Alain Casanova has urged his players to do their utmost to focus on Thursday's Europa League clash against Club Brugge in order to give Brice Taton a fitting tribute.The club and city are in mourning after the Toulouse fan passed away yesterday, two weeks after he was injured in violent clashes with opposition fans in Belgrade.Casanova knows it will not be easy to concentrate on f...Full Story »

Rodwell blow compounds Everton's problems

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Everton manager David Moyes will be without nine regular squad members when his team face BATE Borisov in the Europa League.Promising midfielder Jack Rodwell has become the latest to be sidelined and did not travel with the group to Belarus.Instead he remained at home to rest up and recover from flu symptoms.South African winger Steven Pienaar was also, as expected, absent with a knee injury.Pie...Full Story »

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