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Hangeland's hips don't lie

Brede Hangeland
Brede Hangeland. Credit: PA

Crystal Palace defender Brede Hangeland remains happy at Selhurst Park despite struggling to make the first team under Neil Warnock.

"I haven't played as much as I'm used to but I'm at an age now in my career that personal ambitions are not as high as they used to be, I just want to be a part of a good club and play when called upon but if not I'll support the lads from the sidelines," Hangeland told the club's official website.

"It's a different experience for me, I've been used to playing all of the games all of the time but now it's about being realistic.

"I played around 50 games a year for 10 years running and my hips seem to know so!"

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Boss Enrique confirms Luis Suarez will make Barcelona debut in El Clasico

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez has yet to make his competitive debut for Barcelona. Credit: PA

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has confirmed that Luis Suarez will make his Barca debut during El Clasico at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

Suarez's return from his four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at last summer's World Cup adds spice to the classic encounter.

The manager now has a decision to make as to whether he starts his marquee signing on the bench or goes with a three-pronged attack with Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi.

Enrique is highly unlikely to split the Argentinian and the Brazilian, who have scored 13 goals between them in the last five games but he has revealed that Suarez will definitely feature in some capacity on Saturday.

"Today I cannot play this game but you will have assurance he will play minutes," he told Spanish media at his pre-match press conference. "How many? I do not know.

"It's an important occasion for him and he will have minutes."

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Premier League team news: Wayne Rooney to miss Chelsea clash

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Wayne Rooney. Credit: PA

Wayne Rooney will miss Manchester United's game against Chelsea on Sunday as he serves the final game of a three-match suspension.

Angel di Maria has overcome the slight thigh injury he suffered in the 2-2 draw against West Brom, but it looks unlikely that midfielder Michael Carrick will feature this weekend as he has been released to the Under-21 squad for their game at West Ham on Friday night.

Defenders Jonny Evans (foot) and Paddy McNair (hamstring), as well as midfielders Jesse Lingard (knee) and Antonio Valencia (hamstring) are out.

Provisional Man Utd squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Amos, Johnstone, Rafael, Shaw, Rojo, Blackett, Thorpe, Smalling, Jones, Pereira, Blind, Fletcher, Fellaini, Anderson, Carrick, Young, Herrera, Mata, Januzaj, Di Maria, Falcao, Van Persie, W Keane.

Cristiano Ronaldo stars in Nike short film on YouTube

Cristiano Ronaldo is setting the world alight with his goalscoring exploits yet again this season, but it's the Real Madrid star's acting that's hitting the headlines today.

Nike have released a short film on their YouTube channel today featuring their prize asset to promote the new Mercurial Sueprfly boot.

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