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Rooney saga casts a cloud on Man Utd tie

Doubts about Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United hang over the club ahead of its Champions League match against Bursaspor at Old Trafford.

sports Updated: Oct 19, 2010 22:55 IST

Rooney saga casts a cloud on Man Utd tie

Manchester: Doubts about Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United hang over the club ahead of its Champions League match against Bursaspor at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Manager Alex Ferguson said that 24-year-old Rooney will miss the match with an ankle injury, having been taken off on a stretcher at the end of training on Tuesday, at a press conference where he confirmed that the striker wanted to leave.

The England forward started on the bench for Saturday's 2-2 home draw against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.

Also, the pair is reported to have fallen out, leading to intense media speculation that Rooney could leave the club, as was revealed publically by Ferguson.

The English giants are level on four points with Rangers at the top of Group C after beating Valencia 1-0 away in the second round. Bursaspor is still to pick up a point from its two games. In the other group match on Wednesday, Rangers hosts Valencia at Ibrox.

Eto’o to be key for Inter against spurs

Milan: Samuel Eto'o has been setting the pace for Inter Milan all season and will carry even more responsibility into Wednesday's Champions League match against Tottenham with fellow forward Diego Milito unavailable.

Eto'o has struck 16 goals in 14 appearances for club and country this season, more than anyone else in Europe, and Inter has not won, nor even scored, when the Cameroon striker has failed to find the target.

Tottenham will face the European champion without influential forward Rafael van der Vaart, who is suspended for his red card in last month's 4-1 victory over FC Twente. Ledley King, Michael Dawson and Jermaine Defoe will be missing as well. Inter and Spurs share the lead in Group A with four points each.

Xavi and Milito out for Barca

Madrid: Barcelona are struggling to click in front of goal this season and a nagging injury to playmaker Xavi leaves coach Pep Guardiola with a dilemma for the visit of FC Copenhagen in the Champions League on Wednesday where Barca lie second in Group D with four points after a 1-1 draw away to Rubin Kazan.

Xavi pulled out of Spain's recent Euro 2012 qualifiers to recover from pain in his Achilles tendons, and returned on Saturday when he set up both goals for midfielder Andres Iniesta and defender Carles Puyol. After the game though, in which he was substituted late on, Xavi admitted he was still suffering discomfort and Guardiola said he was not ready to play a game every three days.

Central defender Gabriel Milito will miss Wednesday's Champions League Group D match at home to FC Copenhagen after damaging a thigh muscle in training on Monday. The Argentina international will be out for around two weeks

Mascherano likely to get a start

Madrid: Xavi trained apart on Monday, and could sit out Wednesday's game which may give Argentina's Javier Mascherano a chance for a rare start. "Xavi is a very important player for this team, for the way that he plays," Mascherano told a reporters on Monday. "I have not come to play because someone is injured. What I want is to help the team when the coach asks."

Lyon players hitting peak at right time

Lyon: Lisandro Lopez and Yoann Gourcuff are hitting form at just the right time for beleaguered Lyon coach Claude Puel, whose job will become a little safer if they beat Benfica in Wednesday's Champions League match.

Lyon is traditionally strong in the group stages and already has six points. Beating Benfica, who have three points, at Stade Gerland will all but book Puel's team a place in the knockout stage.

First Published: Oct 19, 2010 22:52 IST