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Scolari to coach Chelsea after Euro

Portuguese manager Luiz Felipe Scolari will coach English Premier League club Chelsea after the European championship, the club announced on its website on Wednesday.
By HT Correspondent | Agencies, London
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2008 10:31 PM IST

Portuguese manager Luiz Felipe Scolari will coach English Premier League club Chelsea after the European championship, the club announced on its website on Wednesday.

“Chelsea Football Club is delighted to confirm that Luiz Felipe Scolari will be the club’s new manager from July 1, 2008,” said the statement.

Chelsea, owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, are without a coach after Avram Grant was sacked following the club’s failure to beat Manchester United in the Champions League final in Moscow.

Uncertainty over Robben’s fitness

Lausanne: Netherlands coach Marco van Basten is still unsure when Arjen Robben will be fit to play at Euro 2008. The Dutch winger missed the team’s opening Group ‘C’ match, a 3-0 victory over world champions Italy on Monday, after injuring his groin in training. “It looks like he will need less time to recover than the seven to 10 days I said previously but I cannot say when he will play,” Van Basten said on Wednesday. Defender Mario Melchiot, who has been sidelined by a pelvic problem, continues to train alone while striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar missed Wednesday’s session with a minor calf injury.

Lewandowski in injury doubt for Poland

Vienna: Midfielder Mariusz Lewandowski is a doubt for Poland’s next Euro 2008 game against Austria, coach Leo Beenhakker said on Wednesday.

Lewandowski had been expected to recover from an ankle injury picked up in their opening 2-0 defeat by Germany in time for Thursday’s Group B match in Vienna. “It’s clear these matches ask for top, fit players. He’s a lot better but I don’t know if it’s enough,” Beenhakker told a news conference.

“He has much more of a chance than yesterday,” said the Dutchman as he prepared his men to face an Austria side who also lost their opener 1-0 to Croatia.

Poland have been unlucky with injuries since arriving at Euro 2008.

Two players have been ruled out of the tournament, keeper Tomasz Kuszczak and winger Jakub Blaszczykowski, while captain Maciej Zurawski will miss the rest of the group stage.

Sweden’s Wilhelmsson out of tourney
Sweden midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson is out of Euro 2008 because of a hamstring injury.

“Christian has torn a hamstring and will be out for the rest of the finals,” team doctor Anders Valentin told reporters on Wednesday before adding the injury would take at least three weeks to heal.

The Deportivo Coruna winger was hurt towards the end of Sweden’s 2-0 Group D win over Greece in Salzburg on Tuesday.

Coach Lars Lagerback said no decision had been made on whether Wilhelmsson would remain with the squad or go back to Spain. Sweden play Spain in Innsbruck on Saturday followed by Russia at the same venue on June 18.

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