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Your daily round-up of the world of football (soccer), from a fantasy manager's point-of-view.

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What would this pair have looked like in Red?
What would this pair have looked like in Red?
Denis Doyle

English Premier League

Swansea City optimistic over injury victims Leon Britton and Luke Moore ahead of Arsenal clash | This is South Wales

SWANSEA City have fingers crossed that Leon Britton will be fit to return when they face Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium this Saturday.

And boss Michael Laudrup expects to have Luke Moore available even though the in-form striker picked up an injury at West Bromwich Albion last weekend.

Mbia the unsung hero in QPR revival - ESPN FC

Pepe Reina injury update - Liverpool FC

Pepe Reina could be available to face Southampton on Saturday after treatment for a calf injury.

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen facing three months out after shoulder surgery - Premier League News | TEAMtalk

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has revealed his impending shoulder operation will leave him on the sidelines for three months.

Ben Arfa out of Anzhi game – and set to see specialist - Newcastle United - Shields Gazette

HATEM Ben Arfa is out of Newcastle United’s Europa League tie against Anzhi Makhachkala.

Frisking the Fixtures – Gameweek 30 @ Fantasy Football Tips, News and Views from Fantasy Football Scout

The FA Cup schedule has again wreaked havoc with Fantasy managers’ plans, with Gameweek 33 the latest to feel the effect of fixture cancellation after City and Wigan progressed to the Semi-Finals.

The Watchlist Updated – Gameweek 30 @ Fantasy Football Tips, News and Views from Fantasy Football Scout

You can only play what’s in front of you and, with that in mind, our updated Watchlist rankings consider only the next four Gameweeks with a couple of double

McCarthy returns to training

Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has taken another important step in his recovery from a shoulder injury, by returning to full training at Hogwood Park.

Jack Rodwell is hoping to return sooner than expected - Manchester City FC

Jack is undergoing intensive treatment at Carrington and feels he could be back in training before the end of March.

Serie A

The beauty of Paul Pogba - ESPN FC

Combining humility with a hint of arrogance, Pogba is the definition of promise and player whose mesmeric displays have captivated onlookers and attracted worldwide praise.

This strikes me as a much, much too rosy portrait of the player. However, the "might have been" with him at Manchester United will likely continue for a long, long time.

Compare this to my favorite counter-factual exercise: What if Manchester United had bought Memut Ozil and Sammy Khedira instead of them going to Real Madrid for a ridiculously low sum of money?