You may have read in the Lunchtime Report that Manchester United were waiting tentatively for the results of a Phil Jones fitness test ahead of the massive game against Real Madrid tomorrow, but the club have now accepted that Jones will not play a part. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that Ryan Giggs will almost definitely make his 1000th career appearance in the game at Old Trafford though.
Russia manager Fabio Capello has denied Chelsea have approached him about taking over the club amid continued speculation surrounding the future of interim manager Rafa Benitez. The ex-England manager has said he is focussed solely on leading Russia to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Alan Pardew is confident Fabricio Coloccini will return to first team action within two weeks. The Newcastle manager said, “I don’t think it’s that worrying, but it’s a back injury, so we have to be careful, I think a couple of weeks.”
Rangers have agreed a deal to sell the naming rights of Ibrox to sports retail giants Sports Direct, owned by Mike Ashley. The club’s chief executive Charles Green thinks fans are behind the idea and told STV, “We have good engagement from the fans on this. I think it was always an issue for fans but I think they now accept that this is something we have to do.”
West Ham are close to agreeing a move to the Olympic Stadium, according to the club’s co-chairman David Gold. “I think we’re close. It’s only what I’m being promised. As we speak I’m being promised March 16. We would sign the agreement then,” he told talkSPORT.
Luke Chadwick has agreed a new two-year deal with League One club Milton Keynes Dons.
Harry Redknapp has revealed that QPR rejected a “massive offer” from a Russian club last week, just a month after the London club signed him in January.
Liverpool have announced an annual loss of £40.5 million, increasing their debt to £87.2 million. Managing director Ian Ayre played down the figures though, “It’s definitely not something I believe anyone should be worried or concerned about. It’s seasonal, our debt’s go up and down,” he said.
Nicklas Bendtner has been suspended from international football for six months by Denmark’s Football Association after being arrested for drink-driving on Sunday. The Arsenal striker, currently on loan at Juventus, was caught driving the wrong way down a street in downtown Copenhagen.