Daily Football News Round-Up Wednesday 24th April

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been handed a ten match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during Sunday’s game. He was initially handed a three match ban but an independent regulatory commission decided this wasn’t sufficient punishment. The club are disappointed by the length of the ban and have until midday Friday to lodge an appeal.

 

Steven Gerrard is likely to need surgery on his troublesome shoulder in the summer, according to first team coach Mike Marsh.

 

Norwich City defender Ryan Bennett has been charged with misconduct by the FA over comments he made towards Arsenal fans on Twitter. He has until 4pm this Friday to respond to the charge.

 

In-demand midfielder Victor Wanyama has said he wants to stay at Celtic next season, despite interest from Manchester United. “I love it here at Celtic so will be here next season. I still have a contract and I’m happy,” he announced after learning of his nomination for PFA Scotland’s young player of the year.

 

Here is the complete short list for the award:

Victor Wanyama of Celtic, Leigh Griffiths of Hibernian and Dundee United pair Stuart Armstrong and Gary MackayStevens.

 

Here is the short-list for the PFA Scotland player of the year:

Niall McGinn of Aberdeen, Leigh Griffith of Hibernian, Andrew Shinnie of Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Michael Higdon of Motherwell.

 

Portsmouth have named Guy Wittingham as their permanent manager today. The former Pompey striker was handed the job on a temporary basis in November after Michael Appleton left to take the Blackpool job.

 

Tottenham have been offered a huge injury boost as they enter the defining part of their season. Aaron Lennon has resumed full training and is expected to play some part in Saturday’s game away to Wigan.

 

Chelsea have been offered a similar boost with defenders Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill expected to be available for Thursday’s Europa League semi-final clash with FC Basel.

 

Barnet have confirmed that Steve Kabba has left the club by mutual consent after a knee injury has kept him out of action for the whole season.

 

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been cleared to play in this weekend’s derby game against Real Madrid after having his last yellow card rescinded.

 

James Perch has insisted there is no crisis of confidence in the Newcastle dressing room ahead of the clubs relegation run-in.

 

Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Davies is expected to finalise a move to Toronto FC in the next few days after he was given permission to leave by the club.

 

Finally today, Cardiff City have announced plans to expand their stadium’s capacity to 35,000 for the 2014/2015 season. The current stadium holds just under 27,000 fans but owner Vincent Tan feels this isn’t sufficient for the team having has just secured promotion to the Premier League.