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Barcelona's Neymar available for Cordoba clash BARCELONA: Barcelona forward Neymar has recovered from a minor ankle problem and is available for Saturday's La Liga game at home to Cordoba, the club said on Friday. Neymar has not played since he scored Barca's second goal in the 3-1 Champions League victory at home to Paris St Germain on Dec. 10 and missed last weekend's 0-0 La Liga draw at Getafe and Tuesday's King's Cup game against Huesca. He trained with the rest of the squad on Friday before being given the all-clear by medical staff as Luis Enrique's men prepare for their final outing before the two-week winter break. "Neymar trained normally on Friday morning," Barca said on their website Neymar's Brazil team mate Dani Alves, who has a hamstring strain, was unable to train with the squad, they added. A win for Barca at the Nou Camp would close the gap to leaders Real Madrid to ...

Abidal retires for 'strictly personal reasons' PIRAEUS: Former France international defender Eric Abidal announced his retirement on Friday for "strictly personal reasons".But the 35-year-old former Barcelona star, who returned to playing football after undergoing a liver transplant, told an emotional press conference: "I am open to proposals."Holding back the tears, he added: "I do not regret my decision. I just want to rest now, enjoy my family and then to think about my future."He said he had received offers from both ...
Van Gaal still waiting for 'perfect' United MANCHESTER: Louis van Gaal has told his predecessor Alex Ferguson he is still far from happy with Manchester United's performances despite an impressive run that has catapulted them into the Premier League top three.At least the United manager looks set to have record signing Angel di Maria available for the busy holiday schedule of games after his recovery from a hamstring tear.But, despite visiting Aston Villa at the weekend with six consecutive victories behind him, ...
Waters recovers from oblivion to within sight of glory CAIRO: Alison Waters' achievement in dethroning world champion Laura Massaro in four games in the quarter-finals in Cairo has highlighted one of the most remarkable career comebacks in the sport.It was hard to believe during the fifth-seeded Waters' 12-14, 11-2, 11-7, 11-9 victory over her English compatriot that not long ago she was away from the tour for fully 18 months with an injury - and with the nightmarish prospect of never competing professionally again.The ...
World Cup corruption report to be released: Blatter MARRAKECH: FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Friday a report into alleged corruption surrounding the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups would be but there will be no new vote on whether Russia and Qatar would host the events.Blatter said the FIFA executive had unanimously agreed to release a legally "appropriate version" of the report by top US lawyer Michael Garcia.Garcia resigned on Wednesday as the football ruling body's chief corruption investigator in protest ...
I'm closing in on Arsenal comeback; Mesut Ozil Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil believes that his recovery from a knee problem is going well and can’t wait to get back into action on the pitch with the whole team. The German international has not featured since 5th October; Ozil was injured with a partial rupture of the outer band of his left knee joint during a match against Chelsea. According to The Mirror, the German Star said, “It won't be much too much longer ...
Aguero could be back for Arsenal game; Pellegrini Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed that his Striker Sergio Aguero will be fit and come back to join the club match against Arsenal and Chelsea in early January. Man City will face Arsenal on 18th January at the Eithad Stadium while the match between Man City and Chelsea will be on 31st January at the Stamford Bridge. The Argentinean striker Aguero suffered a knee ligament injury on December 6th when he collided with Everton’s ...


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