Rio Ferdinand will return from injury to shore up Manchester United's defence and striker Wayne Rooney will put aside private turmoil for their Champions League opener against Rangers on Tuesday.
Rooney, who last week appealed for privacy after days of media speculation about his marriage, was left out of the squad for Saturday's Premier League trip to Everton as manager Alex Ferguson aimed to spare him abuse from fans of his former club. "I think Rio will play on Tuesday night," local media quoted Ferguson as saying of the England defender who has been out of action since hurting his knee during training at the World Cup in June.
Inter’s milito lacks bite for twente trip
Milan: Struggling Diego Milito has looked a totally different player this term to the striker who sealed Inter Milan's Champions League triumph in May but he will still start Tuesday's opener at Twente Enschede in Holland. "Diego will gradually get better and better. We have to work," Benitez told reporters.
"I think that with Diego and Samuel (Eto'o) we can do what we have in mind. We must move more on the wings to surprise the opposing team because by now everyone knows how Wesley Sneijder links up with Milito."
"It'll be hard but we have a chance. We always create chances at home," said Twente midfielder Wout Brama.
Barca hope to bounce back against Greeks
Barcelona: Barcelona goes into a Champions League match against Panathinaikos looking to rebound from a surprising league defeat that has sapped some of its early season optimism.
The Greek champion visits the Camp Nou stadium on Tuesday three days after promoted club Hercules stunned the 2009 European champion with a 2-0 victory. "The players have to lift their heads up and carry on," Guardiola said.