Mid-Day Ticker: Rooney to miss Valencia clash, Messi comeback looms and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Rooney to miss Valencia clash, Messi comeback looms and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Rooney to miss Valencia clash, Messi comeback looms and more

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Wayne Rooney will miss Manchester United's Champions League visit to Valencia with an ankle sprain suffered in Manchester United's 2-2 tie vs. Bolton on Sunday.

Rooney is one of a handful of Premier League players who will miss mid-week Champions League action with injuries. Chelsea's Frank Lampard won't yet return from sports hernia surgery and Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is out with an elbow injury.

Here are some other stories to keep your Monday going:

MESSI INCLUDED IN BARCELONA SQUAD

Barcelona star Lionel Messi could return from an ankle injury in time to play in his club's Champions League match against Rubin Kazan on Wednesday.

Messi was injured by a vicious tackle from Atletico Madrid's Tomas Ujfalusi, but will make the trip to Russia for this week's Champions League match. He has yet to be cleared to play, but appears ready to return to action.

SEVILLA FIRES MANAGER

It took just five matches for Sevilla to make a head coaching change.

The Spanish club dumped Antonio Alvarez and replaced him with Gregorio Manzano after Sevilla's loss to Herculez. Sevilla has struggled in European competition, having been eliminated from the UEFA Champions League and having lost its first Europa League match.

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Paul Gascoine is close to landing a managerial job. No, really.

Tottenham defender William Gallas is set to miss three weeks with an injury.

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What do you think of these developments? Think Manchester United can win in Spain without Rooney? Hoping Messi comes back this week?

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