Wednesday Kickoff: Donovan eyes Everton return, Ferdinand facing World Cup doubts and more

Wednesday Kickoff: Donovan eyes Everton return, Ferdinand facing World Cup doubts and more

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Wednesday Kickoff: Donovan eyes Everton return, Ferdinand facing World Cup doubts and more

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Landon Donovan is loving life at Everton, so much so that he has every intention of returning to the Liverpool club at some point if and when he leaves to return to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The U.S. national team star is enjoying a dream run with the Toffees, and spoke recently of his intention to come back to Goodison Park some time during his career.

“I would definitely imagine that I will be back here at some point in my life," Donovan told the Liverpool Echo. "I think it’s been an incredible experience and away from football, the people have been extremely nice.

“That being said, I do miss LA, I miss my team-mates there, I miss the sunshine. That’d be nice to get back there too.”

With an MLS strike looming as labor talks hit a wall, Donovan just might wind up staying with the English club longer than expected, something he doesn't sound like he would mind.

“I’m enjoying it and enjoying every day that I’m here," Donovan said. "Every day that goes by makes me think that I want to stay here, but we’ll see what happens.”

Here are some other stories to get your Wednesday going:

FERDINAND SIDELINED AGAIN WITH BACK INJURY

There are starting to be serious questions asked about Rio Ferdinand's chances of playing a major part in England's World Cup after his latest injury setback.

Ferdinand will miss England's upcoming friendly vs. Egypt, as well as Manchester United's Carling Cup Final vs. Aston Villa after a recurrence of a back injury that has plagued him throughout the current Premier League season.

Ferdinand's absence, coupled with the injured status of starting left back Ashley Cole, has England's defense looking vulnerable as we move closer to the World Cup. England will likely feature Wayne Bridge and Matthew Upson in its starting defense against Egpyt, a considerable drop-off from a healthy tandem of Ferdinand and Cole.

COLE FACING DIVORCE AMID TIGER-LIKE REVELATIONS

England national team defender Ashley Cole has joined Tiger Woods and John Terry in the athlete sex scandal club now that a series of revelations about his marital affairs has led his celebrity wife Cheryl to leave him.

Multiple reports out of England have identified multiple affairs committed by Cole, including a tryst in Seattle during Chelsea's tour of the United States.

One person fed up with the scandals is England manager Fabio Capello, who hinted that any more controversy could lead to players being left off the England World Cup squad.

BARCA SCORES ROAD DRAW IN UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

A late Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal helped give Barcelona a valuable away goal and a 1-1 draw against VfB Stuttgartin UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday.

French champions Bordeaux recorded a vital road victory against Olympiakos, scoring a 1-0 triumph in Greece to take control of its Round of 16 series.

Champions League action resumes today with one of the most high-profile match-ups of the round, Inter Milan vs. Chelsea. Today's first leg is in Milan. CSKA Moscow plays host to Sevilla in the other pre-quarterfinal match of the day.

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What do you think of Donovan's comments? Hoping he stays with Everton, or do you want to see him return to MLS? Wondering which England star will be next to be hit with a scandal?

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