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Positive news on Van Persie

Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010 by PA

Holland coach Bert van Marwijk claims Robin van Persie could be back in action at the start of April after receiving a positive update on the Arsenal forward's recovery from an ankle injury. Van Persie's club believe the 26-year-old will be back at the end of April, rather than the start of that month, and only if everything in his rehabilitation goes to plan following ligament damage suffere...Full Story »

Magpies: Winding-up petition dismissed

Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010 by PA

Notts County have confirmed that a winding-up petition against the club has been dismissed at a High Court hearing. The League Two outfit have been hit by financial problems recently and are again under new ownership after Ray Trew bought the club from Peter Trembling. Trew told the club's official website: "I would like to officially call for an end to any discussion regarding what has gone...Full Story »

UEFA highlight Premier League debt

Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010 by PA

Premier League clubs' debts are more than the rest of Europe's clubs put together - but the English top flight also accounts for almost half of clubs' assets across the continent. The figures are contained in a new UEFA report into the state of football's finances, and shows the total debt of the Premier League clubs as being 3.8billion euros (£3.4billion), 56% of the total across Europe. ...Full Story »

Premier League will not bail out Pompey

Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010 by PA

Portsmouth owner Balram Chainrai has been told at a meeting with Premier League chiefs that they cannot bail out the financially-stricken club. Chainrai and his representatives met Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore and general secretary Mike Foster on Tuesday and revealed to them the club is likely to go into administration on Friday. Chainrai's spokesman, Phil Hall, said: "We...Full Story »

Bullard makes goalscoring return

Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010 by PA

Hull talisman Jimmy Bullard made a goalscoring return to action in the club's reserves on Tuesday night. The key midfielder has not featured for the Tigers since suffering knee ligament damage in the defeat at Aston Villa on December 5. Manager Phil Brown had hoped the 31-year-old would be fit to rejoin the club's Barclays Premier League relegation battle before the end of January, but tha...Full Story »

Administration is best option - Chainrai

Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010 by PA

Portsmouth owner Balram Chainrai insists administration will see the club's finances restored to good health despite the certainty of relegation. Pompey are set to become the first Premier League club to go into administration after Chainrai served notice of his intention to put the club into the hands of insolvency experts on Friday unless a credible buyer comes forward. Chainrai's spokesma...Full Story »

Rio setback to Capello plans

Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010 by PA

Fabio Capello looks set to plan for England's friendly with Egypt next week having to install yet another captain after Rio Ferdinand's latest injury scare. Just three games into his comeback from a long-standing back complaint that kept him out for over three months, Ferdinand was forced to pull out of Manchester United's Premier League victory over West Ham at Old Trafford after feeling a ...Full Story »

Bafokeng confirmed as England base

Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010 by PA

FIFA have confirmed England will use Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus as their training base for the World Cup in South Africa this summer. Parts of the complex, in the north-west of the country near Rustenburg, are still under construction but England boss Fabio Capello and the Football Association have been assured the project will be delivered on time and the pitches will be up to standard. C...Full Story »

Barcelona rely on Zlatan Ibrahimovic to snatch draw at Stuttgart

Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010 by theguardian.com

Stuttgart's goalkeeper Jens Lehmann and defender Cristian Molinaro, left, cannot prevent Zlatan Ibrahimovic from steering home Barcelona's equaliser. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored at the second attempt as the Champions League holders, Barcelona, escaped from Stuttgart with a 1-1 draw. The Swedish striker struck just after the interval to put the Spanish side in the driving seat heading into the s...Full Story »

Mourinho proud of England offer

Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010 by PA

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has admitted he would have been the "proudest man in the world" had he accepted the chance to become England manager before Fabio Capello was appointed in 2007. Speaking ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League clash between his current side Inter Milan and his former club Chelsea, the Portuguese coach recalled how close he was to agreeing to replace Steve M...Full Story »

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