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Carlos Tevez hoping to be back for Manchester City against Chelsea

Posted Tuesday, February 23, 2010 by theguardian.com

Manchester City's Carlos Tevez is hopeful that he can return to Britain in time to face Chelsea on Saturday. Carlos Tevez has handed Roberto Mancini a boost by saying he is "hopeful" of returning from Argentina for Manchester City's Premier League meeting with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The striker is in Buenos Aires after his wife gave birth prematurely to his second daughter. T...Full Story »

Tevez keen to face Blues

Posted Monday, February 22, 2010 by PA

Carlos Tevez's adviser expects the Manchester City striker to be available for this weekend's match against Chelsea. The Argentina international has been in his homeland for more than a week after his wife gave birth prematurely. But with Vanesa now out of hospital, although the baby is still in intensive care, City boss Roberto Mancini wants Tevez back in England. And Kia Joorabchian said o...Full Story »

Duffy handed call up

Posted Monday, February 22, 2010 by PA

Promising Everton defender Shane Duffy is one of three uncapped players in the Northern Ireland squad to face Albania in a friendly in Tirana on March 3. Duffy, 18, has been called up for the first time by manager Nigel Worthington along with Coleraine striker Rory Patterson and Sunderland goalkeeper Trevor Carson. Patterson, who is joining Glentoran next season after signing a pre-contract ...Full Story »

Kirkland targets a positive reaction

Posted Monday, February 22, 2010 by PA

Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland wants the players to shake off any feelings of self-pity and get back to winning ways. They face Birmingham on Saturday after a 3-0 defeat by Tottenham at the DW Stadium following a late brace from substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko. Wigan were left frustrated on Sunday after replays showed that the opening goal by Jermain Defoe in the 27th minute was offside. Kirk...Full Story »

McCarthy called up

Posted Monday, February 22, 2010 by PA

Wigan teenager James McCarthy has been called up by Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni for next week's friendly against Brazil. Midfielder McCarthy, 19, received his first call after a series of promising performances for the Latics, who he joined from Hamilton last summer. Trapattoni also selected 19-year-old Manchester City defender Greg Cunningham and 22-year-old Portsmouth c...Full Story »

Johnson close to Reds return

Posted Monday, February 22, 2010 by PA

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is hopeful defender Glen Johnson will be fit enough to return to action in the next week. The England right-back has been missing since tearing the medial ligament in his right knee during the 1-0 victory at Villa Park on December 29. No date was put on his return but, after seeing Yossi Benayoun and Fernando Torres return against Manchester City on Sunday, B...Full Story »

Rogne not fazed by Rangers

Posted Monday, February 22, 2010 by PA

Thomas Rogne will not lose any sleep over the prospect of marking Kris Boyd or Kenny Miller if he makes his Old Firm derby debut on Sunday. January signing Rogne, 19, made his first start for Celtic in Saturday's 1-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League win over Dundee United, which cut Rangers' lead at the top of the table to seven points. Rogne said: "We haven't spoken about the Rangers game yet...Full Story »

Capello to check on World Cup base

Posted Monday, February 22, 2010 by PA

England boss Fabio Capello is expected to look at the facilities and playing surfaces at Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus when he arrives in South Africa for a pre-World Cup coaches conference on Monday. The Football Association have not confirmed the site, near to Sun City in the north-west of the country, as their base for the tournament this summer but Capello has previously raised concerns ab...Full Story »

Moyes: More to come from Toffees

Posted Monday, February 22, 2010 by PA

Everton boss David Moyes claimed the best was still to come after his side's stunning defeat of Manchester United. Youngsters Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell came off the bench to secure a superb 3-1 win over the Barclays Premier League champions with late goals at Goodison Park. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov had earlier cancelled out a Dimitar Berbatov goal with a brilliant strike from 25 yards. Moy...Full Story »

Zola cautious over revival of fortunes

Posted Monday, February 22, 2010 by PA

Gianfranco Zola insists it is too early to judge whether West Ham's season is turning around after they posted back-to-back victories in the Barclays Premier League for the first time since March 2009. West Ham's 3-0 victory over nine-man relegation rivals Hull was achieved with goals from Valon Behrami, Carlton Cole and Julien Faubert. But the victory was helped by the dismissal of Hull's C...Full Story »

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