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Martial and Rooney both available for Man United

Martial and Rooney are back after missing Saturday's win at Watford. Credit: PA

Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial are available for Manchester United's Champions League match against PSV Eindhoven after recovering from illness and a foot injury respectively.

Phil Jones (ankle) and Ander Herrera (hamstring) are out after being substituted in the 2-1 win over Watford, but midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is available despite missing the open part of Tuesday's training session.

Luke Shaw (leg), Michael Carrick (ankle) and Antonio Valencia (foot) are out, but Marouane Fellaini has recovered from a calf injury.

Man United squad: De Gea, Romero, Johnstone, Rojo, Tuanzebe, Smalling, Darmian, McNair, Mata, Blind, Young, Schneiderlin, Powell, Fellaini, Schweinsteiger, Lingard, Depay, Pereira, Rooney, Wilson, Martial.


Man stabbed before Spurs v West Ham is discharged

A 35-year-old man who was stabbed outside White Hart Lane on Sunday has been discharged from hospital, according to West Ham's website.

A man was stabbed outside White Hart Lane on Sunday. Credit: Reuters

The incident happened at approximately 3pm ahead of Tottenham's Premier League match with West Ham around the junction of White Hart Lane and Tottenham High Road.

The victim suffered a stab wound to the abdomen and was taken to an east London hospital but no arrests have yet been made following the Metropolitan Police's initial appeal for information and witnesses.

A West Ham club statement read:

West Ham United can confirm that the gentleman who suffered a stab wound in White Hart Lane on Sunday has been discharged from hospital following treatment.

The club would like to wish the supporter concerned a continued speedy recovery.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Haringey CID on 0203 276 3070 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– West Ham statement

Hugs from Klopp make Liverpool goalkeeper feel 'good'

That's not just any hug. What you're seeing there is a Jurgen Klopp hug. Credit: Reuters

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has expressed his satisfaction at receiving a hug from Jurgen Klopp.

The German manager is rather touchy-feely with his players before matches, on the touchline and after the final whistle, when he is often captured hugging each Liverpool star, one-by-one.

And Mignolet believes this sends out the right message, as well as making him feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Speaking to the club's official website, he said:

He’s hugged with all of the players and it gives you a good feeling because it means you know he is behind you and supporting you.

That’s what you need as a player; the confidence of the manager and the whole staff, that they’re behind you and we’re working in the same direction.

– Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet


Fifa hoping to impose lifetime ban on Michel Platini

FIFA's ethics committee is seeking a lifetime ban for Michel Platini, his lawyers have confirmed.

Platini is under investigation for corruption. Credit: PA

UEFA president Platini and outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter will have formal hearings into allegations of FIFA's ethics code breaches later this month over a £1.3million payment made to the Frenchman in 2011.

A spokesman for Platini's lawyer Thibaut D'Ales confirmed the recommendation from the ethics committee's investigatory chamber was for a lifetime ban if the charges are proved.

It is expected that a similar sanction will be sought against Blatter, but there has been no confirmation from his legal team, while FIFA's ethics committee refused to comment.

Platini could be facing a lifetime ban from Fifa. Credit: PA

French sports daily L'Equipe reported D'Ales as saying the recommended lifetime ban was a "pure scandal" and "disproportionate" and claimed that it had been deliberately leaked to further damage Platini's hopes of running for the FIFA presidency.

D'Ales added: "This ban is subject to corruption being proved but it is clearly a disproportionate punishment.

"In releasing this, there is clearly a desire to harm. The masks are slipping one by one in FIFA, the electoral calendar is being manipulated and there is a strategy to eliminate Platini as a candidate."

Spurs star Eriksen shows off his skills on Instagram

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Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen couldn't resist some keepie-uppie action as he relaxed at home after Sunday's win over West Ham.

The Danish international impressed once again as Tottenham stretched their unbeaten Premier League run to 12 matches with a convincing 4-1 victory.

Clearly unimpressed with what Crystal Palace and Sunderland dished up on Monday Night Football, he treated followers to some textbook close-control with a small-size football.

Eriksen and his Spurs team-mates travel to Azerbaijan for a Europa League match against Qarabag on Thursday before Sunday's Premier League meeting with Chelsea at White Hart Lane.

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