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By Steve Sutcliffe

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  1. Goodbye

    Right that's all from me this morning. Before I go this little lot is well worth a look:

    Thanks for joining me. See you soon.

  2. Fifa to discuss domestic league games being played in other countries

    Fifa

    Fifa is set to discuss whether to prevent domestic league games being played in another country.

    A Stakeholders' Committee, meeting in Zurich on Thursday, will debate whether to recommend making an amendment to the rules of football's world governing body.

    Read the full story on that here.

  3. Early team news

    Man Utd v Club Bruges (20:00 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no new injury concerns for the second leg of the club's last-32 Europa League tie with Club Bruges.

    Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba remain out with back and ankle issues.

    However, United have been handed a huge boost by the news that their opponents will be without Emmanuel Dennis for the game, after he was injured against Charleroi on Sunday.

    The striker put in a man-of-the-match performance in the first leg, scoring Bruges' goal with a clever chip.

    United host Bruges at Old Trafford with a slight advantage having drawn 1-1 in the first leg in Belgium last week.

  4. 'We should be in finals'

    Man Utd v Club Bruges (20:00 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Luke Shaw says he is desperate to play in a final for Manchester United having missed out on the last four the Red Devils have appeared in.

    Injury denied Shaw a place in the 2016 FA Cup and 2018 Europa League finals, while he was not picked for the 2017 League Cup and 2018 FA Cup finals.

    Shaw is determined to help United progress in the Europa League with the Reds facing Club Bruges in the last-32 second leg on Thursday.

    "It is a big ambition for me," he said.

    "I was there for the Europa League final and the feeling, even though I wasn't on the pitch, was a feeling I have not felt and I wanted more of.

    "I wasn't involved and that is what is pushing me on even more to get into this final, and others. We should be in finals and we should be in all competitions until the end. We are very confident at the moment."

  5. World Cup winner Leroux calls for more support for mothers

    Sydney Leroux

    World Cup winner Sydney Leroux has called for more support for mothers in America's top football league.

    Leroux gave birth to a daughter in June 2019 and returned to action for club side Orlando Pride three months later.

    The 29-year-old told Forbes she spent more on babysitters than she made in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) last year.

    Read the full story here.

  6. 'We have three different routes to Europe'

    Arsenal v Olympiakos (20:00)

    Arsenal

    Arsenal head into the second leg of their last-32 Europa League tie with Olympiakos, with a 1-0 lead after Alexandre Lacazette's late winner in Greece.

    And manager Mikel Arteta wants to "maximise" his side's "three routes into Europe" next season.

    Winning the FA Cup or finishing seventh in the Premier League will likely deliver Europa League football for 2020-21, while victory in this season's competition will seal Champions League qualification.

    "We have three different routes to Europe. We have to try to maximise the three of them and we go game by game," he said.

    Read more on that here.

  7. Kolasinac out for Arsenal

    Arsenal v Olympiakos (20:00)

    Arsenal

    Injured Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac will miss his side's Europa League last-32 second leg against Olympiakos, but manager Mikel Arteta is hopeful he will return to action this season.

    Kolasinac suffered a "significant" shoulder injury during Sunday's 3-2 win against Everton, and Arteta admits the signs are "not very positive".

    "He is seeing the specialist and we'll know more this afternoon," he said.

    "Hopefully he can return, it depends if it's dislocated and he needs surgery."

  8. Inter in for Vertonghen?

    Jan Vertonghen

    While we're on the subject of defenders...

    The Standard reckon that Serie A club Inter Milan, have made contact with Tottenham over the availability of Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen, 32, who is yet to agree a new contract in London.

    It's not like they are short on players who have played in the Premier League. It's all in the gossip.

  9. Post update

    Emil Forsberg's one of those players that I looked at signing on a football manager game a few years.

    Remember getting Fredrik Risp at one stage. A Swedish defender who was an absolute revelation in the the Championship.

  10. Spurs and Man Utd in chase for Forsberg

    Now one from the gossip.

    According to the Express,Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is hoping to beat former club Manchester United to the signing of RB Leipzig's 28-year-old Sweden midfielder Emil Forsberg.

    Emil Forsberg
  11. Post update

    Espanyol v Wolves (17:55 GMT)

    It looks like an impossible assignment for Espanyol against Wolves..

    In Uefa Cup/Europa League history, there have been 221 occasions of a side losing a first leg by four or more goals.

    And only two of these sides have progressed (Partizan Belgrade v QPR in 1984-85 and Real Madrid v Borussia Monchengladbach in 1985-86).

  12. Wolves' lead 'does not mean anything' - Nuno

    Espanyol v Wolves (17:55 GMT)

    Wolves

    Nuno Espirito Santo

    Surely Wolves' progression into last 16 of the Europa League is a formality after they won the first leg 4-0 at Molineux although listening to Nuno Espirito Santo, you'd have thought the tie was in the balance.

    The Wolves boss says their lead "does not mean anything" but their approach will be exactly the same in Spain.

    Just have a read of this.

  13. 'Honved is committed to addressing the health crisis'

    Bit more from Hungarian club Honved, who have released this statement: "The replacement of Giuseppe Sannino and his (assistant) coach Alessandro Recenti is necessary because they could have come in contact with people living in areas affected by the coronavirus.

    "Honved is committed to addressing the health crisis and limiting the spread of the epidemic.

    "As a precaution, the management decided to appoint a temporary replacement, defending their fans, players and colleagues at the club."

    Italy has reported more than 400 cases, centred on the industrial heartlands of Lombardy and Veneto, while Italians or people who recently visited the country have tested positive in Greece, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia and France since the weekend.

  14. Honved suspend coach as coronavirus precaution

    Giuseppe Sannino

    Bit more news relating to the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy, albeit we're heading to Hungary...

    Hungarian club Honved have suspended their Italian coach Giuseppe Sannino as a precaution because of the situation in Italy.

    The former Watford coach will be temporarily replaced by Istvan Pisont, who will take charge of Saturday's league match against Diosgyori VTK.

  15. Masks, gloves and immunologists - how coronavirus is hitting Italiian football

    Napoli fans

    Lionel Messi made his first ever appearance in Naples on Tuesday, playing in Barcelona's 1-1 draw with Napoli in the Champions League.

    But more striking than the Argentina legend's presence, in a stadium where his compatriot Diego Maradona is a club hero, were the masked fans in the stands, taking precautions against coronavirus.

    More than 300 people have been infected in Italy, 12 of whom have died.The Venice Carnival has been called off, while the La Scala theatre has been shut down. The Milan stock exchange is falling.

    Just have a read of this.

  16. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-2 Man City

    Kevin de Bruyne

    Kevin de Bruyne's penalty last night brought up his 50th goal in all competitions for Manchester City.

    And it was also the first time he has both scored and assisted in a Champions League match.

    He's been superb this season and definitely one to give a clutch of Liverpool players, a run for their money when it comes to player of the year awards.

  17. 'Pep's perfect plan' - Brown

    Pep Guardiola

    Now for a bit more on Pep Guardiola's perfect plan from former Manchester City midfielder Michael Brown.

    Just have a read of this.

    Basically a tactical masterclass unpicked with a few shiny graphics thrown in.

  18. Post update

    Hasn't Cristiano Ronaldo just equalled the Serie A goalscoring record...?

    Supporters are a fickle lot aren't they.

  19. Even Ronaldo can't make Juve great

    Lyon 1-0 Juventus

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Gareth Bale did not have the best of times for Real Madrid against Manchester City.

    The Wales international was named as a substitute and came on with 15 minutes left to go with Real leading 1-0. He had nine touches, his side lost 2-1 and had their captain sent off.

    Which sort of makes me wonder if Zinedine Zidane could still do with having someone like Cristiano Ronaldo up top.

    Then again he's no guarantee of turning a good team into a great one according to Juventus supporters. Just have a read of this.

  20. Watch: 'Rock solid Rangers' - Dodds

    Sporting Braga 0-1 Rangers (Agg 2-4)

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    Video caption: Rangers were rock solid in Braga - Dodds