The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Carroll Set for Debut
Team medics will today assess the 22-year-old striker, who joined Liverpool in January for 35 million pounds ($57 million) from Newcastle, to make sure there is no reaction to the thigh injury that has sidelined him since Dec. 28, the newspaper added.
The 21-year-old, who turned down Liverpool and Bolton to sign with the French club as a teenager, has told friends that Liverpool is his preferred destination, the newspaper said.
Ferguson’s Ref Rant
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson faces a possible Football Association charge after questioning the integrity of referee Martin Atkinson following his team’s 2-1 loss at Chelsea last night, the Independent reported. The comments from Ferguson, who has a history of criticizing Atkinson, warrant further investigation by the F.A., the Independent said.
“You hope you get a really strong referee in games like this,” the Independent cited Ferguson as telling MUTV. “It was a major game for both clubs and you want a fair referee. You want a strong referee anyway and we didn’t get that. I must tell you -- I must say that when I saw who was refereeing it, I feared the worst.”
United, meantime, is poised to sign Anderlecht’s 16-year- old winger Adnan Januzaj for 600,000 pounds, the Sun reported.
Injuries Rock Everton
Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini was ruled out for the rest of the season after scans showed that he requires surgery on an ankle injury, the Daily Mirror reported.
The Belgium international will have the operation on March 7, the Mirror said. Fellow midfielder Tim Cahill, who missed last night’s F.A. Cup defeat to Reading, is out for three weeks because of a foot injury, the newspaper added.
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