Your daily round-up of the world of football (soccer), from a fantasy manager's point-of-view.
Bits and bobs ahead of the weekend's internationals:
Brazilian doctors have reported confirmed his absence with a thigh injury, while David Luiz may also miss out
NEWCASTLE full-back Mathieu Debuchy has withdrawn from the France squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Spain due to the thigh injury suffered in yesterdays defeat at Wigan.
MATHIEU Debuchy has a chance of facing Manchester City when the Premier League resumes – despite suffering an injury at the DW Stadium.
Jack Wilshere's injury is worse than feared, but no one is sure how long he'll be sidelined.
West Brom have confirmed that they will deal internally with striker Peter Odemwingie's latest Twitter outbursts against the club.
As we wave farewell to a Gameweek that failed to deliver the anticipated bounty of points, we assess the lessons learned. How Luis Suarez turns nasty when the goals go missing, how Everton’s recovery could be short-lived and consider whether it’s time to severe ties with treasured assets, with motivation now a key factor.
Callum McManaman's tackle on Massadio Haidara has caused plenty of reaction around the footballing world, including an irrational defense from his manager. Here's why he's wrong.
Mark Holmes points out Roberto Martinez's hypocrisy but praises the reaction of Alan Pardew and Brendan Rodgers to defeats over the weekend.
In a somewhat surprising move, the English FA has decided to not retroactively punish Wigan's Callum McManaman for his horror tackle over the weekend because an official saw the challenge.