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Ben Collins and Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

  1. Bye for now

    That's all for now done. Thanks for joining us for reaction to Tuesday's Champions League games and all the latest from Wednesday's news conferences, which included Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho saying his side were 'not Spursy' despite letting a 3-0 lead slip against West Ham on Sunday.

    Do join us later for live text commentary on Wednesday's Champions League games. Until then, I'll leave you with the best of today's stories:

  2. Six players who returned from ACL injuries

    Ajax v Liverpool (20:00 BST)

    Liverpool will be without talismanic defender Virgil van Dijk at Ajax after he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury against Everton on Saturday.

    However, some hope could be offered to the Dutchman by the examples of these six players who all returned from long absences with similar injuries.

  3. Wednesday's Champions League fixtures

    All games 20:00 BST kick-off unless stated

    Before we sign off for the day, here's a reminder of the Champions League group games we have in store later:

    • Real Madrid v Shakhtar Donetsk (17:55)
    • Inter Milan v Borussia Monchengladbach
  4. Jamal Musiala - Bayern player could spark England-Germany tug of war

    Jamal Musiala playing for Bayern Munich

    He was scrawny and undersized compared with his peers, but you couldn't fail to notice seven-year-old Jamal Musiala.

    Playing for his local grassroots side, City Central, he was unstoppable. He scored at will and, for the other seven-year-olds chasing him around one of the half-dozen small grass pitches of the Outdoor Sports Centre in Southampton, was impossible to tackle.

    Much has changed for Musiala in the years since. For one, he now stands 6ft tall. And last month, the England Under-17 midfielder became Bayern Munich's youngest goalscorer.

    But the skills that saw him enter the history books of Germany's most storied and successful club - sauntering in from the left before slotting into the bottom corner to complete an 8-0 rout of Schalke - were all on display 10 years ago.

    "He just stood out then, for his ball-dribbling skills and the ability he had," remembers Graham Castle, the Chelsea scout who spotted Musiala. "The ball stuck to his feet the whole time."

    Click here to read more about the former Chelsea midfielder who could spark a tug of war between England and Germany.

  5. Thursday's Europa League fixtures

    All games 20:00 BST kick-off unless stated

  6. 'Benkovic isn't ready'

    Leicester City v Zorya Luhansk (Thurs, 20:00 BST)

    Leicester City

    Leicester City seemed to have a ready-made replacement for Caglar Soyuncu in Croatia defender Filip Benkovic.

    Or did they? Apparently not according to Brendan Rodgers, who says sending the 23-year-old on loan to Championship side Cardiff was still the best option.

    “He’s not ready to play in the Premier League, it’s the brutal honesty of it," Rodgers said.

    "But he needs to play games and that is his mindset as well. It was always going to be best for him and us to get out and play."

  7. 'We’ve got a lot of improvements to make'

    Leicester City v Zorya Luhansk (Thurs, 20:00 BST)

    Leicester City

    More from Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers: "We’ve got a lot of improvements to make. The West Ham game we lost, and the game against Aston Villa was a tight game. If we can’t win that we game, we shouldn’t be losing it.

    "We need to get our creative players back up to speed, James Maddison is in a process of getting fitter and [Dennis] Praet is getting the minutes. But we want to keep improving.

    "There’s no doubt that with all the games then we’ll have to make changes. But our squad isn’t deep enough to make wholesale changes because of the number of injuries that we have.

    On Caglar Soyuncu getting injured on international duty: “You want all your players to go away and keep fit, and you’re disappointed when they come back injured. It was unfortunate for Cags. He slipped the day before he was due to play.

    "Turkey told us that he’d be back in a week, but he had further scans here that showed he’d be out for longer. He’s going to London to see if he wants to treat it conservatively, or have the operation”

  8. 'We anticipate a really tough game'

    Leicester City v Zorya Luhansk (Thurs, 20:00 BST)

    Leicester City

    More from Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers: “We anticipate a really tough game. Watching their games against [Dynamo] Kiev and Shakhtar - they play a diamond which is difficult to play against.

    "They play it out well, and the front two are clinical. But it’s what you expect, when you play in Europe you’re playing against the top clubs from their countries”

  9. Post update

    Leicester City v Zorya Luhansk (Thurs, 20:00 BST)

    Leicester City

    Islam Slimani's appearance against Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday was his first for the Foxes since 16 January 2018.

    But the Algerian forward has not been named in Leicester's European squad. “The squad had to be handed in much earlier than the Premier League squad," said manager Brendan Rodgers,

    "Unfortunately, we thought he was going out. That’s the reason why."

  10. 'The first job is to get out of the group'

    Leicester City v Zorya Luhansk (Thurs, 20:00 BST)

    Leicester City

    One of the first questions directed at Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is around how he thinks his side will do in the Europa League this season.

    He makes reference to seeing Sevilla's happiness after winning the competition last term (exactly two months ago) and says "we would like to go as far as we possibly can."

    "The first job is to get out of the group stage," he added. "We have to find ways to be more creative and more clinical. It's still early on in the season and players are looking to find their fitness and way in.

    “We worked so hard last season to be in this competition, and it’s been brilliant that we got the qualification. Now we want to embrace it and enjoy it."

  11. Post update

    Leicester City v Zorya Luhansk (Thurs, 20:00 BST)

    Leicester City

    Now here comes Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers...

  12. Post update

    Leicester City v Zorya Luhansk (Thurs, 20:00 BST)

    Leicester City

    More from Leicester City defender Jonny Evans: "We watched a few videos on them [Zorya Luhansk] and their individual players.

    "They look to play a diamond and that’s something we have to address. I’m sure we’ll do that with our tactics."

  13. It's a pity the fans can't share the experience with us - Evans

    Leicester City v Zorya Luhansk (Thurs, 20:00 BST)

    Leicester City

    Leicester City defender Jonny Evans knows a thing or two about European football.

    He was appearing in the Champions League over a decade ago while with Manchester United and sounds in a relatively relaxed and confident mood today: "We're trying to put the result at the weekend behind us and we're looking forward to this new competition for us.

    "It's been a target at the club to get into Europe and we managed to achieve it. It's a pity the fans can't be there to share the experience with us, but hopefully we'll get off to a good start.

    "They've been in the Europa League before so they'll be more experienced in that respect. But it's a home game, we want to get off to a good start and get three points."

  14. Foxes set for first Europa League game

    Leicester City v Zorya Luhansk (Thurs, 20:00 BST)

    Leicester City

    Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers and central defender Jonny Evans are speaking to the media today as the club gets ready to face Ukrainian opposition in the Europa League.

    The Foxes twice played in the Uefa Cup before it was rebranded to what we have today, getting knocked out in the first round on both occasions - to Atletico Madrid and Red Star Belgrade.

  15. Man Utd financial statement shows £70m loss during pandemic

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United lost £70m in the period to 30 June 2020 as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The figures were outlined in United's 2019-20 financial statement, which took in the period during which English football was closed down completely.

    United's overall revenue was down 18.8% from £627.1m to £509m but part of this was due to the club not qualifying for last season's Champions League.

    In last year's statement, United had estimated revenues could reach £580m.

    "Our focus remains on protecting the health of our colleagues, fans and community while adapting to the significant economic ramifications of the pandemic," said the club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

    "Within that context, our top priority is to get fans back into the stadium safely and as soon as possible."

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    SMS Message: Pogba needs to go. Not working at United. He's a very talented footballer but every time he's played and loses the ball, there's no demand from him to win it back. Not sure why he done the same thing last night even though he was only on the pitch from the 67th minute. Tired of waiting for him to be consistent. from Shoayb, Leicester
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  17. 'If Rose's agent didn't find a solution to move, it's a question for him'

    Tottenham v LASK (Thurs, 20:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Like Mesut Ozil, former England left-back Danny Rose has been left out of Premier League and Europa League squads having failed to secure a move from Tottenham during the summer transfer window.

    "Danny is not part of our squad," said manager Jose Mourinho. "Danny wanted very, very much to leave in the January window last season. Why? Because he wanted to play and play and play.

    "Then he went to Newcastle and I immediately had the feeling of being a player of his dimension that, thinking about the Euros, I thought our future would be [Ben] Davies and [Ryan] Sessegnon. Then we had the possibility to get [Sergio] Reguilon and I thought that would be a good opportunity for Ryan to get game time and develop.

    "With Danny, the players and agents make the market. If the agent didn't find a solution for Danny to move then it's a question you have to ask him."

  18. Ozil 'deeply disappointed' after Premier League squad omission

    Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil says he is "deeply disappointed" after being left out of the Gunners' 25-man Premier League squad.

    Ozil, 32, who joined Arsenal for a then club record £42.4m in 2013, has not played for the club since 7 March.

    The German, who had also been omitted from the Europa League squad, can now only play for Arsenal Under-23s until his deal expires in summer 2021.

    In a message to Arsenal fans, he said "loyalty is hard to come by nowadays".

    "I'm really deeply disappointed by the fact that I have not been registered for the Premier League season for the time being," Ozil wrote on social media.

    "Upon signing my new contract in 2018, I pledged my loyalty and allegiance to the club that I love, Arsenal, and it saddens me that this has not been reciprocated.

    "I've always tried to remain positive from week to week that there's maybe a chance to get back in the squad soon again. That's why I kept silent so far."

    Mesut Ozil
  19. I don't want any stories on being 'Spursy' - Mourinho

    Tottenham v LASK (Thurs, 20:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Sunday's game saw Tottenham go 3-0 up inside 16 minutes, before West Ham scored three goals from the 82-minute mark to claim a 3-3 draw.

    "I believe that winning 3-0 in minute 80 we can play 50 more matches and it's not going to happen again so I don't want to be sticking on this and no stories about 'Spursy' and this kind of thing," said boss Jose Mourinho.

    "We just need to defend better from set pieces. We've conceded just one goal from open play against Southampton."