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Jol for Toon?
The midfielder tore a hamstring five minutes into the game with Wolves last month when he made his first start in more than two years, the Mail added.
“We would have to be super-optimistic to think everything is going to be rosy for him in terms of him making a comeback,” Ferguson was cited as saying.
Allardyce wants former Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz to return from Manchester City, the newspaper said. The coach will be upset if his power is curbed, following the takeover of the club by poultry company Venky’s (India) Ltd, it added.
“In this economic recession there are so many clubs that are in trouble abroad, more than England,” Comolli was cited as saying. “These clubs are under enormous pressure to sell.”
A Qatari couple named their daughter “Fifa” as she was born on the day the Gulf country won the bid to host the 2022 World Cup, the Press Trust of India reported.
Soccer governing body FIFA announced the decision last week.
“When I was in labor I heard that Qatar was picked ahead of many other countries to host the World Cup finals, so my husband and I decided to name her Fifa,” the mother was cited as telling the Arabic Al Raya daily. They had been considering naming the girl Dana.
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