World cup qualifying: team news
A round-up of today's other stories in brief
Fellaini out for three weeks
BELGIUM:Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been sidelined for three weeks with a knee injury and will miss Belgium’s games against Serbia and Scotland. The influential 24-year-old was injured during Saturday’s Premier League match against Wigan Athletic and would recuperate in Belgium, his countrys football association said.
“Fellaini suffered a small tear at the juncture of muscle and tendon in the knee. The injury was revealed during a scan,½ a statement on the Belgian FA website said.
'Fellaini was injured last Saturday during the match between his club, Everton, and Wigan Athletic. He will be out for three weeks. It has been agreed with his club Everton FC he will rehabilitate in Belgium during this period.”
Fellaini will also miss Everton’s match at QPR on October 21st and faces a race against time to be fit for the Merseyside derby against Liverpool a week later at Goodison Park.
Cazorla happy to be at Arsenal
SPAIN: Santi Cazorla believes he has taken a step forward in his career by leaving La Liga to join English Premier League club Arsenal and that he is perhaps more valued as a player there than in Spain.
The 27-year-old attacking midfielder, who moved to London from Malaga in August, has made nine appearances and scored two goals at his new club and feels he is settling in well.
“It could be that in the few months I have been there people have been talking a lot more about me,” Cazorla told a news conference previewing Spains World Cup 2014 Group I qualifier away to Belarus tomorrow. “I feel important at Arsenal and I want to keep developing,” he added.
Ronaldo expected to face Russia
PORTUGAL:Captain Cristiano Ronaldo, recovering from a shoulder injury, is more likely to feature in tomorrow’s Group F World Cup qualifier away to Russia than Pepe, who is trying to shake off a thigh injury, according to the midfielder.
The influential Real Madrid pair returned to light training yesterday after sustaining injuries during Sundays 2-2 draw at Barcelona. “The match against Barcelona was very tiring. Cristiano has more chance than me to be fit for Fridays match,” Pepe told reporters at Portugals trainning camp in Obidos, just north of Lisbon.
Ronaldo travelled to Portugal after Real said his injury was not serious. He hurt his left shoulder attempting an overhead kick in the second half against Barcelona and, although he appeared in some discomfort, finished the match.
Fiery Brazilian-born Pepe said he still hoped to take part in the Russia clash, which features the two group favourites who are setting the pace with two wins from two matches.
Hartson confident Wales duo will be fit
WALES: Assistant Wales coach John Hartson is confident Gareth Bale and Adam Matthews will both be fit for tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland.
Hartson yesterday confirmed Tottenham wide man Bale and Celtic defender Matthews – neither of whom had taken part in the team’s training session – were nursing heel and ankle problems respectively, but stressed that the pair were expected to be available for the Group A clash with the Scots at Cardiff City Stadium.
“Gareth Bale came down to the training ground today and worked with the physio,” Hartson said. “We feel he will be OK for Friday. It was just a case of getting him ready. Adam Matthews did the same as Gareth, but we feel they will both be fine.” Hartson also revealed that Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley, a third player not to feature in Tuesday’s session, had taken part in full training yesterday.