Lunchtime Football Round-Up Tuesday 9th April

Afternoon all,

Everton captain Phil Neville has announced that he is to leave the club at the end of the season. Neville has spent 8 years ofhis career at Goodison Park, where he has played 303 times for the Toffees since he left Manchester United in 2005, where he won six league titles, three FA Cups and the Champions League. Neville has stated that he wants to keep playing football for as long as his body will let him, and is willing to drop down a league so he can keep playing at a quality standard of football

QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar has announced that he would like to remain in England even if QPR get relegated. Cesar has been one of the few players who have really stood out for the R’s this season and has pulled off some tremendous saves between the sticks which have kept the clubs slim chances of survival alive. There was a lot of speculation linking Cesar with a move back to Italy to join AC Milan, but Cesar himself has shot down these rumours as he wants to stay in England

Manchester United winger Ashley Young looks set to miss the clubs trip to Stoke this Sunday after he was forced off with an ankle injury during last nights Manchester derby. Young picked up the injury after a strong challenge by City full-back Pablo Zabaleta. Although the injury is not as bad as first thought, it is highly doubtful that Young will play any part come Sunday

Manchester City midfielder David Silva also looks doubtful his clubs game this weekend after he picked up a hamstring injury during the Manchester derby. The Spaniard was forced off late on in the game last night and City boss Roberto Mancini also believes that Silva will struggle to be fit for Sundays FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea

Reading manager Nigel Adkins has admitted that he has already started planning for next season with one eye on the possibibility of the club getting relegated from the Premier League. Reading are currently bottom of the league with just 23 points to their name. This leaves the Royals eight points from safety with just six games remaining. Their defeat to Adkins’ former team Southampton last weekend was the “final blow” according to many pundits who believe that Reading are now condemned to be playing Championship football next season

After Paolo Di Canio’s outbursts saying that the Sunderland squad was unfit when he took over last week, Craig Gardner has insisted that there is no fitness problem at The Stadium Of Light. Gardner added that since the arrival of Di Canio, he has been brilliant and has pushed all of the clubs players their hardest. After their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at the weekend, Sunderland are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference

Blackburn caretaker manager Gary Bowyer has been summoned to India by the clubs owners. The clubs managing director Derek Shaw and operations director Paul Agnew have also flown out with Bowyer. Blackburn slipped into the Championship relegation zone last weekend after a 3-2 defeat at the hands of fellow relegation rivals Sheffield Wednesday who are now 18th in the league

Hartlepool United are to be without Middlesbrough loanee Charlie Wyke for the remainder of the season after he picked up an injury during the clubs 2-0 win against Bury last weekend. He has now returned to parent club Boro for assessment

Brentford midfielder Jake Reeves has signed a new two-year contract with the club. The 19-year-old has made a big impression on boss Uwe Rosler, who has fielded the youngster seven times this season