According to reports in the press, Italian giants A.C. Milan are reportedly interested in securing the services of Bayer Leverkusen’s German midfielder Simon Rolfes. The 26 year old defensive midfielder is being targetted as a replacement for the injured Gennaro Gattuso.
A year after resigning as Hibernian manager, former Scottish midfielder John Collins has returned to management, but as manager of Belgium club Charleroi. The deal is a short term one, with Collins taking charge of the Zebras till the end of the season along with new assistant manager Tommy Craig. Charleroi are currently eleventh in the Jupiler League.
DC United forward Jaime Moreno’s recent surgery on his right abdominal wall on Saturday was successfull, his club announced on their official website ( web.mslnet.com/t103). The surgery was performed by Dr. Ulrike Muschaweck in her Munich clinic in Germany. Dr Muschaweck also operated on Marcelo Gallardo and Gonzalo Peralta earlier this week.
Moreno, the first Bolivian to play in the Premiership, is the MLS’ all time record goal scorer, with over 110 goals to his name. He is also DC United’s captain.
Manchester City’s Brazilian midfielder Elano is likely to be out of action for up to 2 weeks after injuring his groin in City’s goalless 0-0 draw with Paris St.Germain in the UEFA Cup on Wednesday night.
Elano started against PSG, but lasted only forty nine minutes before limping off and being replaced by Zimbabwean Benjani Mwaruwari. He had a forgettable night, with his passes unable to find their intended recipients.
City play Fulham in the Premiership on Saturday.
The Football Association has said that it will look into the comments made by Chelsea’s Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari after the Chelsea- Arsenal game on Sunday. Scolari reportedly said that the referee ” killed ” his team and that games at Stamford Bridge needed referees ” who could referee for both teams, and not just one.”
Chelsea slipped up at home against Arsenal on Sunday, losing 1-2 as Robin Van Persie struck twice in the space of three second half minutes. Van Persie’s first goal was clearly offside, but Dean allowed it to stay, and the decision ended up rattling Chelsea, who conceded another a few minutes later and ended up losing the game.
Scolari also demanded that Dean apologise for making a mistake. Had Chelsea won, it would have effectively ended any chances that the Gunners had of winning the Premiership.
Manchester City’s 21 year old defender Sam Willamson has joined Blue Square Premiership side Wrexham on loan till January. Williamson joins Cypriot midfielder Angelos Tsiaklis at the Racecourse Ground. Tsiaklis, who also plays for City, joined Dean Saunders’ side in October.
Williamson has made just one appearance for Man City, coming on as a substitute for Richard Dunne against Portsmouth in April 2008.
Williamson celebrated his 21st birthday on October 15.
The Robins are currently eighth in the Blue Square Premier table with thirty points from fourteen games, ten behind leaders Histon.
Just as Liverpool thought that their star striker had recovered from his hamstring injury, new scans have reveaed that Fernando Torres will be out of action for another two to three weeks. Torres strained his right hamstring in Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Marseille on Wednesday. He played the full ninety minutes in the game, which Liverpool won thanks to Steven Gerrard’s early headed goal.
Torres will now miss Monday’s game against West Ham, as well as the games against Blackburn, PSV Eindhoven and Hull City. He may return for Liverpool’s big game against Arsenal four days before Christmas.
32 year old Notts County central midfielder Neil MacKenzie has joined Port Vale on a month long loan deal. Mackenzie’s most recent loan spell was with Bluesquare Premiership side Kidderminster Harriers, where he scored once in four appearances.
MacKenzie is expected to feature in Notts County’s second round FA Cup clash against Macclesfield Town. He has played for Macclesfield in the 2004-05 season, scoring one goal in twenty four appearances.
Port Vale will be the Birmingham born MacKenzie’s 10th club.
Croatia’s disappointing start to their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign continued as they were held by Ukraine in Kharkiv.
Nine of the eleven that Slaven Bilic fielded were regulars in the starting lineup at Euro 2008, but Croatia were unable to find a way past Anatoli Pyatov, who produced some fine second half saves to keep Croatia at bay. The two unfamiliar faces were Ivica Krizanac, who was deputising for the suspended Robert Kovac, and Ognjen Vukojevic. Croatia’s 36 game unbeaten run at home in World and European qualifying had been broken by England last month, with Theo Walcott scoring a hat trick in the 4-1 win.
Ukraine’s best chances came in the first half, but Stipe Pletikosa was up to the task of stopping Andriy Shevchenko.
The result leaves Croatia in third place in Group 6, five behind leaders England, and three behind Ukraine.
Croatia’s next game is against Andorra on Wednesday.
Manchester City have confirmed that they are releasing 10 of their players as they aim to qualify for Europe next season with Mark Hughes as their manager.
The 10 are
Geovanni ( Brazil) ( Joined on a one year contract in July 2007)
Emile Mpenza ( Belgium) ( Joined on a free transfer in February 2007)