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Frings recovers in time for semifinals

sports Updated: Jun 23, 2008 20:08 IST

Torsten Frings has recovered sufficiently from a fractured rib and could return to the Germany team to face Turkey in Wednesday’s semifinal, coach Joachim Loew said on Monday.

“I’m fortunate to be able to say that all 23 players trained today and are fit,” Loew said at a news conference.

“Torsten trained completely normally, but with a protective bandage. He said he had no major problems. He will have to live with a nagging pain but as things stand he could play, yes.”

Arshavin may move to Spain
Madrid: Russia playmaker Andrei Arshavin has reportedly said he would like to play for a Spanish team.

“I know I have offers from England and Germany but what I would really like is to play in La Liga, in the (Spanish) first division. It is a championship I have always followed. I like the football which is played there. But at the moment I have no offers from Spain,” Arshavin said on Monday.

Arshavin suggested that a transfer could happen this off-season. Arsenal, Newcastle and Manchester City, together with Schalke, are said to be keen on signing the 27-year-old Zenit St. Petersburg forward.

UEFA official praises Arshavin

Basel: Andy Roxburgh, the head of UEFA’s technical delegation at Euro 2008 singled out Arshavin as one of the players of the tournament so far. “He wasn’t playing in the first two matches because of suspension but his introduction to the Russian team has been like a sparkle of magic,” said Roxburgh.
Psychiatrist for Croat fans

Zagreb: Croatian football fans who are finding it hard to come to terms with their side’s traumatic defeat in the Euro 2008 quarterfinals have help at hand — a newspaper has enrolled the services of a psychiatrist.

Daily newspaper Jutarnji List called on Mirela Vlastelica to give some sound medical advice to their readers, who were left shattered after Turkey levelled with the last kick of the match and then won 3-1 on penalties.

Jutarnji List recalled the ‘difficult and unexpected defeat had thrown the whole country into a depression’, citing a supporter who said the defeat was li e‘losing someone close to one’.