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Groundskeeping: International Break Edition

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

Richard Heathcote

The Watchlist – Dimitar Berbatov @ Fantasy Football Tips, News and Views from Fantasy Football Scout

As the season heats up and the battle to beat the drop intensifies, it shouldn’t really surprise us that the most cool and collected player in the Premier League has led by example.

At close to 20 in the Y! game, I may have missed the boat on Berba King. But with his upcoming schedule, including a double-week, it will be tempting to gut some players for him.

Haidara escapes serious injury - TEAMtalk | Latest Football News, Results and Fixtures

"We can confirm that results of the latest scan on Massadio Haidara show that the player has very fortunately escaped any significant bone or ligament damage following the dangerous tackle by Wigan Athletic's Callum McManaman on Sunday"

David Instone: Stoke fans seek success as a norm - ESPN FC

The small-club mentality is waning from the Britannia Stadium as Stoke fans increase their expectations of a growing club, David Instone writes.

Why I’ve fallen out of love with football - FT.com

By Simon Kuper. Anyone who peeks behind the game’s curtain discovers there is no magic there

Arouna Kone - The best is yet to come - ESPN FC

SAFC - Sessegnon stays behind

Forward to miss international clash.

Rivals need to heed Hazard warning

FanZone's Chelsea blogger Dylan Clive waxes lyrical about Eden Hazard's stunning impact in recent games - and pours praise on Frank Lampard.