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Storm causes travel misery for North West

The tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo hits the north West Credit: Met office

The remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo caused rush-hour travel misery with extra problems in the form of a broken-down freight train leading to delays between Crewe and Shrewsbury, while an obstruction on the line near Little Sutton in Cheshire caused hold-ups between Ellesmere Port and Hooton.

The area of rainy, windy weather will move eastwards, varying in intensity across the UK, with the strongest gusts on the coasts. We can expect gusts up to 65mph in the north west this morning, and up to 50mph in central and eastern parts of England in the afternoon."

– Sean Penston, a forecaster with weather company MeteoGroup

There have been multiple reports of damage across the region; trees were uprooted across Cheshire as police warned motorists to drive carefully.

Reports of trees down were made in Runcorn, Macclesfield, Tarporley and Rode Heath.

A number of ferry crossings between Holyhead, North Wales, and Dublin were cancelled due to the adverse weather, said Irish Ferries.

North West Motorway Police said they had received many reports of standing water which led to hazardous driving conditions in the region.

Fernandinho says empty stadium is not good for football

Fernandinho claims playing in an empty stadium in Moscow is of no benefit to Manchester City's Champions League quest.

No fans will be present as the Khimki Arena on Tuesday as City take on CSKA Moscow in a crucial Champions League Group E game.

CSKA have been ordered to play their next three European home matches behind closed doors as punishment for the racist behaviour of their fans.

The Russian side will therefore not have a partisan home crowd to motivate them but Fernandinho disagrees with suggestions that is to City's advantage.

I don't think it will be an advantage for us. It is always good when you play away because the fans support their team and it gives you more motivation to play well.

I don't think this is good for either team or for football.

– Fernandinho, Footballer

There are some anecdotal reports of City fans planning to watch from a neighbouring high-rise building, but the English champions will have to go it alone.

Shaw vows to improve for United

Luke Shaw has vowed to improve for Manchester United. Credit: PA

Luke Shaw has vowed to improve and admitted he is yet to hit top form at Manchester United.

The £27million defender knows he has struggled to adapt since his summer move from Southampton.

And the 19-year-old, who played in United's 2-2 draw at West Brom on Monday, has given an honest assessment of his start at Old Trafford.

Shaw, who played for England in this summer's World Cup, also dropped back to the Under-21s this month to help them qualify for Euro 2015.

They haven't seen the best of me yet. I know I haven't been up to my full potential and I think maybe people can see that at the moment. I am trying hard and it's about getting used to everything.

When you come to a club like this it's never easy for a young player like me. But I'll get myself started soon and put in good performances.

– Luke Shaw, Manchester United

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Bale out of Liverpool clash

Gareth Bale has been left out of Wednesday's game due to Muscle injury Credit: PA

Gareth Bale has been left out of Real Madrid's squad for Wednesday's Champions League clash against Liverpool as the Wales international battles a muscle injury.

Bale was unlikely to feature at Anfield after Madrid announced on Monday that the forward was suffering from a gluteal injury, and on Tuesday the world's most expensive player was a confirmed absentee from Carlo Ancelotti's 20-man squad for the trip to Anfield.

The 25-year-old was an unused substitute in Saturday's Primera Division win over Levante on his return from international duty, having played the full 90 minutes in both of Wales' Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cyprus.

Madrid, the reigning European champions, will be defending their 100 per cent record in Champions League Group B at Liverpool, who have won one and lost one so far.

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