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Jamie McDonald

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English Premier League

Robin van Persie gives thumbs up on injury return ahead of Real Madrid clash | Mail Online

Robin van Persie was spotted in Alderley Edge this afternoon showing no signs of injury after he was forced off at QPR in the first half on Saturday.

The Manchester United striker went for a meal with his partner in Alderley Edge and when asked about his injury he said: 'Yes it's all fine thanks'.

Everton v Oldham Athletic Preview

Everton striker Victor Anichebe remains an injury doubt ahead of Tuesday's FA Cup fifth-round replay against Oldham at Goodison Park.

Anichebe had to come off at half time in the original tie - a 2-2 draw on February 16 - having picked up a knock, and missed Saturday's 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Norwich.

Major League Soccer

New York Cosmos: MLS' Possible 20th Team Set Soccer Back in America | New Republic

Why Pelé's Cosmos Were the Best and Worst Thing to Happen to American Soccer.

Elsewhere

Barcelona, Real Madrid set to clash - La Liga News | FOX Sports on MSN

All crises are relative. At the stratospheric level occupied by the world’s two biggest soccer clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona, premature elimination from the Champions League, failing to retain the Spanish league title and the sting of missing out on the Copa del Rey, Spain’s domestic cup competition would constitute a five-alarm meltdown.