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Live Reporting

Ben Collins and Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

  1. Bye for now

    So that's all for now. Thanks for joining us for reaction to the Champions League wins for Manchester City and Liverpool on Wednesday, plus the latest from Thursday's Premier League news conferences.

    We'll be back later for live text commentary on those Europa League fixtures below. Until then, I'll leave you with today's top stories:

  2. Standard Liege without at least three players for Rangers game

    Standard Liege v Rangers (17:55 BST)

    Rangers will face a Standard Liege side shorn of at least three players after a Covid-19 outbreak amid the Belgian club's squad.

    Nicolas Raskin, Moussa Sissako, and Michael-Ange Balikwisha all tested positive after Tuesday tests, as did goalkeeping coach Jan van Steenberghe.

    All four are in quarantine, as are Damjan Pavlovic and Abdoul Fessal Tapsoba, who live with Sissako. Their chances of facing Rangers depend on the results of further screening.

    Kemar Roofe, who was playing in Belgium with Anderlecht last season, has missed Rangers' past six games with injury but has travelled with the squad.

    Recent signing Bongani Zungu is still quarantining while Nikola Katic is a long-term injury absentee and Jermain Defoe, Jordan Jones and George Edmundson have been omitted from Rangers' squad for the group stage.

  3. Edouard to miss Milan clash

    Celtic v AC Milan (20:00 BST)

    Odsonne Edouard

    Odsonne Edouard will miss Celtic's Europa League opener against AC Milan as he recuperates from Covid-19.

    French striker Edouard and Israel duo Nir Bitton and Hatem Elhamed are all absent having tested positive during the international break.

    But Ryan Christie will return after self-isolating for two weeks, having being deemed a close contact of Scotland team-mate Stuart Armstrong.

    "We are assessing whether he will be fit to start," said boss Neil Lennon.

    "Odsonne has had a cardiac screening and the blood tests and now we have to do some physiological work with him in terms of getting what the response to his heart rate is from certain exertions before we can clear him to train fully with us again.

    "He is going through certain health and safety protocols at the minute."

  4. 'I couldn't be prouder to join Chelsea'

    Man Utd v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport

    Hakim Ziyech has had a remarkable journey to the Premier League.

    The youngest of nine children, his father died when he was 10, which almost led to him quitting football. He was also thrown into the limelight at a young age when he captained FC Twente and fell out with Dutch legend Marco van Basten when he chose to represent Morocco rather than the Netherlands.

    When I asked what a move to the Premier League with Chelsea meant to him, he said: "I couldn't be prouder. You always have a dream and for every young guy growing up, you want to play in the Premier League. It's the biggest competition in the world so at that point I couldn't be prouder."

  5. Mourinho quiet on whether Bale will start

    Tottenham Hotspur v LASK (20:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Gareth Bale

    Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho did not say whether Gareth Bale will start against Austrian side LASK and only confirmed that Davinson Sanchez would be in his starting XI - because the Colombian centre-back was selected to do the pre-match player news conference.

    Bale came on as a 72nd-minute substitute in Sunday's 3-3 draw with West Ham in the Premier League for his first appearance since returning to the club in a loan deal from Real Madrid.

    Defensive duo Eric Dier and Japhet Tanganga are both injured, but Erik Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso are set to return after missing the 3-3 draw with West Ham.

    LASK reached the Europa League round-of-16 last season, where they were beaten 7-1 on aggregate by Manchester United, and made it into this season's group stage via a 4-1 play-off win at Sporting Lisbon.

  6. Van de Beek will 'bring his quality' to Man Utd - Ziyech

    Man Utd v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport

    Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech was also asked about the prospect of facing former Ajax team-mate Donny van de Beek when Chelsea travel to Manchester United on Saturday and whether he had asked him about the midfielder's lack of playing time.

    Ziyech said: "I spoke to him when he moved to Manchester, but in the last week we didn’t speak a lot and we didn't speak about his situation.

    "When you come from a different country and there is a different style of play, I know for sure it will take some time for him to get used to. He will bring his quality to the squad and it’s most important for now to stay calm."

  7. It will take time to see best of me - Ziyech

    Man Utd v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport

    Hakim Ziyech

    Chelsea midfielder Hakim Ziyech has just done his first media conference since signing for the club way back in February for £33m.

    The former Ajax player has been out injured with a knee injury but has made two substitute appearances in the last week.

    Asked how long it would take before Chelsea fans saw the best of him, Ziyech said: "It will take some time but for me it couldn't be sooner, as soon as possible. It's important to build up 100% fitness and that's we are working to."

  8. Mourinho targets third Europa League triumph

    Tottenham Hotspur v LASK (20:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho believes he can keep up his 100% record in the Europa League by winning his third title this season.

    The Portuguese has competed in Europe's second-tier competition twice and won it both times - with Porto in 2003 and Manchester United 2017.

    Tottenham host Austrian side LASK in their Group J opener later.

    "We're going to try," Mourinho said. "It is difficult, it is a very long competition, the group phase is tricky.

    "Then you go to the knockouts and you get teams coming from the Champions League which is very unfair.

    "If you play Champions League and you don't qualify you go home. In the Europa League group phase if you finish third you go home, you don't have another competition to play."

  9. Foxes without Vardy & Soyuncu

    Leicester City v Zorya Luhansk (20:00 BST)

    Leicester City

    Leicester City will be without striker Jamie Vardy and centre-back Caglar Soyuncu for their Europa League opener with Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk.

    Soyuncu, 24, could miss three months with an abductor injury he picked up on international duty with Turkey.

    Top scorer Vardy, 33, has a calf issue and missed Sunday's 1-0 loss to Aston Villa.

  10. Holding out for the Gunners

    Rapid Vienna v Arsenal (17:55 BST)

    Arsenal

    Arsenal defender Rob Holding is expected to be out for about three weeks after suffering an injury in the warm-up against Manchester City last weekend.

    Holding, 25, is expected to miss six league and cup games, starting with their Europa League game with Rapid Vienna. He damaged his hamstring before the Gunners lost 1-0 at City.

    Dani Ceballos is nursing an ankle injury and will not play on Thursday in Austria.

    Arsenal say the Spanish midfielder is being assessed before Sunday's Premier League home game with Leicester (19:15 GMT)

    Former Chelsea midfielder Willian will also miss his side's opening Europa League group game with a calf issue.

  11. League One Bristol Rovers sign Koiki from Burnley

    Burnley

    Burnley have agreed a compensation deal with Bristol Rovers to allow defender Ali Koiki to join the League One club.

    Koiki, 21, turned down a new contract offer from the Clarets during the summer.

    The left-back joined Burnley before the start of the 2016-17 season and played 15 League Two games on loan with Swindon in 2018-19.

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  12. Should Aguero be considered a Champions League great?

    #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)

    SMS Message: Aguero is a PL legend, Man City legend, but not a 'Champions League great'. Sure, he's played a lot of games and scored a few goals in the CL but hasn't won anything. The same way Darren Huckerby isn't a PL great even though he's played a lot of games and scored a few goals in the PL. from Mike, London
    Mike, London
  13. We have a lot of healthy competition in the group - Potter

    Brighton v West Brom (Mon, 17:30 GMT)

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    Brighton go into the weekend 16th in the Premier League, with four points from five games so far, with newly-promoted West Brom two points below them in 17th.

    "We're happy with the spirit in the group," said Seagulls boss Graham Potter. "The performance on Sunday [against Palace] was positive.

    "We have a lot of healthy competition in the group and people want to help the team. I have a lot of choices, which is good."

  14. 'We'll miss Dunk, but that's what you have a squad for'

    Brighton v West Brom (Mon, 17:30 GMT)

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    Lewis Dunk is sent off against Crystal Palace

    Alireza Jahanbakhsh is Brighton's only injury doubt but they will be without influential defender Lewis Dunk after the Seagulls' captain was sent off late on in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.

    "He's a miss but that's what you have a squad for," said manager Graham Potter. "We have good players who want to play. We have good flexibility and I'm happy with how the team has done recently, it is up to us to find a solution.

    "Jose Izquierdo is having another spell with the Under-23s tomorrow [Friday]. Apart from that we're fully fit."

  15. Welbeck brings a lot to the group - Potter

    Brighton v West Brom (Mon, 17:30 GMT)

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    Brighton announced at the weekend that they had signed former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck on a one-year deal after his contract at Watford was terminated on 6 October.

    "He's only had a couple of days with us, but he is looking good," said manager Graham Potter. "He's made a really good impression.

    "We're letting him settle into his first couple of days with the team. He brings a lot to the group, on and off the field. Our challenge is to get him up to speed to play in the Premier League."

  16. Team news: Mee & Lowton back in training

    Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Burnley

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche has just spoken to the media and confirmed that defender Phil Bardsley will follow government guidelines, before returning to training, after testing positive for Covid-19.

    Ben Mee has trained with the squad again on Thursday, fellow defender Matt Lowton is back training and midfielder Jack Cork continues to make progress.

  17. Wilson hopes to give Cardiff 'different dimension'

    Cardiff City 1-1 Bournemouth

    Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson hopes to give Cardiff City a "different dimension" in their bid for Premier League promotion.

    The Wales attacking midfielder, 23, has joined the Bluebirds on a season-long loan from the Premier League champions.

    Wilson marked his first start with a goal in Wednesday's draw against Bournemouth and believes his creativity will complement the different playing styles in Cardiff's team.

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    Video caption: Harry Wilson: Liverpool loanee hopes to give Cardiff City 'different dimension'
  18. Should Aguero be considered a Champions League great?

    #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)

    SMS Message: Can't help but think people are confusing the idea of an all-round great player with their performances in a specific competition. Is Messi one of the greatest ever players in the game? Absolutely. Is he a Great in La Liga? 100%. Has he set the specific competition of the World Cup on fire? Arguably not. Aguero is immense, an all-time PL Great, a Man City legend...but that doesn't necessarily mean he is a Great in the CL. from Kirsty, London
    Kirsty, London
  19. Liverpool loanee Wilson eyes Cardiff promotion & Euros with Wales

    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Sport Wales

    Harry Wilson playing for Cardiff

    Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson has two main objectives this season: help Cardiff City win promotion to the Premier League and play for Wales at next summer's European Championship.

    The last time the winger was vying for promotion from the Championship he missed out in agonising fashion, losing in the 2019 play-off final while on loan at Derby County.

    And the last time Wales were at a major tournament at Euro 2016, Wilson was in France but there as a fan, three years after becoming his country's youngest senior international.

    Over the next nine months, the 23-year-old hopes to address both those gaps in his CV.

    "That's definitely the aim for me," Wilson says. "It's something I set myself going over to France in 2016 as a fan - I was desperate to make sure the next time it came around I was there as a player.

    "I managed to play my part in the qualifiers to get us there [Euro 2020]. We had the disappointment of it getting delayed this year but next year, as a team and an individual, I'll be raring to go.

    "As many games I can get and as many goals I can score with Cardiff will help me get there.

    "In my last Championship season I had the disappointment of missing out at the final hurdle, losing in the play-off final, so personally I'm desperate to go one step further."