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Giggs: Rooney can be among the best

Posted Thursday, February 04, 2010 by PA

Ryan Giggs believes Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney is edging closer to the select group of players currently regarded the best in the world. The 24-year-old has just completed a memorable week, which began with his first four-goal haul in the victory over Hull. Rooney then headed home the injury-time goal that secured another Wembley appearance for the Red Devils at the expense of Manc...Full Story »

Vieira eager to make Prem return

Posted Thursday, February 04, 2010 by PA

Patrick Vieira has revealed he is ready to return to the top flight of English football after a four-season absence.The former Arsenal midfielder hopes to make his long-awaited debut for Manchester City on Saturday against Hull. Vieira, 33, has recovered from an ankle injury that has delayed his progress since arriving from Inter Milan. In World Cup year the France international is now looking t...Full Story »

Grayson plays down home advantage

Posted Thursday, February 04, 2010 by PA

Leeds manager Simon Grayson has dismissed the notion that the Elland Road factor will give his side an advantage in Wednesday night's FA Cup fourth-round replay against Tottenham.A sell-out crowd is assured and success-starved Leeds fans are revelling in the spotlight as another high-profile cup tie is set for a live national television audience, but Grayson does not believe Spurs' Barclays Prem...Full Story »

McLeish hints at Phillips role

Posted Thursday, February 04, 2010 by PA

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has hinted veteran striker Kevin Phillips will have a bigger role to play during the second half of the season. Phillips has seldom featured during the opening half of the campaign with McLeish opting for the Cameron Jerome-Christian Benitez partnership. But McLeish is set to provide more opportunities to Phillips once he has recovered from a minor groin problem. "Du...Full Story »

Zabaleta set to play on

Posted Thursday, February 04, 2010 by PA

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta is set to wear a mask against Hull on Saturday to protect a broken nose.Zabaleta suffered the injury in the victory over Portsmouth at the weekend after an accidental blow from Kevin-Prince Boateng but he is keen to maintain his record of playing every game under new manager Roberto Mancini.Vincent Kompany has been ruled against Hull with a groin strain wh...Full Story »

Bouma targets cup return

Posted Thursday, February 04, 2010 by PA

Fit-again Aston Villa defender Wilfred Bouma wants to gatecrash the Carling Cup final against Manchester United after 19 months on the sidelines. Bouma made his latest comeback when he completed 90 minutes for the reserves against Chelsea at Villa Park on Monday. The left-back had suffered a dislocated ankle before a toe injury in October further delayed his comeback. But now Bouma is hoping he...Full Story »

Almunia backing Gunners

Posted Thursday, February 04, 2010 by PA

Manuel Almunia sees no reason why Arsenal should not be confident of once again clawing themselves back into the race for the Barclays Premier League title - starting at Chelsea on Sunday.The Blues missed the chance to tighten their grip on the top of the table on Tuesday night when they could only manage a 1-1 draw at relegation battlers Hull. Arsenal may have been unable to rise to the challen...Full Story »

Terry staying silent

Posted Thursday, February 04, 2010 by PA

John Terry has no intention of speaking publicly about his status as England captain before meeting with manager Fabio Capello.Terry issued a brief statement on Wednesday afternoon insisting he was "keeping his own counsel" over the allegations about his private life that have plunged him into a media storm.The Chelsea star has faced calls for his resignation as skipper following allegations tha...Full Story »

Real Madrid's Esteban Granero: In The Madrid Youth System, One Does Not Acquire The Necessary Maturity

Posted Thursday, February 04, 2010 by Goal.com

Real Madrid midfielder and former youth product Esteban Granero held a press conference today in which he weighed in on the state of the Madrid youth sytem, as reported by Marca. "It is not easy," said Granero of breaking into the first team. "Sometimes, it is too much to do it in only one step. For me it took two seasons, but it was not difficult for me because now I have returned better prepa...Full Story »

Sekou Cisse Has To Improve - Feyenoord Coach Mario Been

Posted Thursday, February 04, 2010 by Goal.com

The Feyenoord gaffer isn't too happy with Cisse's performances so far... Ivorian attacker Sekou Cisse joined Feyenoord from Roda for a reported €3.5 million fee last summer, but the tricky attacker has failed to make an impact at the Stadionclub so far. Cisse has made 16 league appearances for Feyenoord this term, scoring three goals in the process. Head coach Mario Been is far from sa...Full Story »

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