Mid-Day Ticker: USMNT roster taking shape, Wilkins leaves Chelsea and more

Mid-Day Ticker: USMNT roster taking shape, Wilkins leaves Chelsea and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: USMNT roster taking shape, Wilkins leaves Chelsea and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Bob Bradley still hasn't announced his roster for the United States' friendly against South Africa next week, but more names continue to be revealed ahead of Thursday's official proclamation.

According to Columbus Dispatch reporter Shawn Mitchell, Brian Carroll, Eddie Gaven and Robbie Rogers will all be making the trip to Cape Town. Additionally, Salt Lake Tribune reporter Michael C. Lewis reports that Robbie Findley and MLS Defensive Player of the Year finalist Nat Borchers are also expected to be included on the final roster.

This comes a day after sources informed SBI that Mikkel Diskerud, Juan Agudelo and Gale Agbossoumonde were likely to be called up as well.

Here are a few more stories to carry you over until Bradley's official roster announcement:

CHELSEA, WILKINS PART WAYS

Chelsea asssistant coach Ray Wilkins has left Stamford Bridge after not being offered a new contract by the club. His current contract runs through the end of the season, but he chose to leave the team effective immediately.

Wilkins assisted Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink and current coach Carlo Ancelotti and was also interim coach of the club after Scolari was fired.

ROBBEN RETURNS TO TRAINING

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben, who has yet to feature for the German champions this season, has returned to training.

Robben injured his hamstring prior to the World Cup but still managed to play for the Dutch, whose run ended with a World Cup final loss to Spain.

Robben is still many weeks away from achieving full fitness, and the team does not expect him back on the pitch prior to the new year.

INZAGHI OUT FOR AC MILAN

AC Milan veteran striker Filippo Inzaghi is probably out for the season after suffering a knee injury in Wednesday's win over Palermo.

Inzaghi, 37, will have to undergo surgery to repair ligament damage.

HOLLOWAY THREATENS TO QUIT OVER POTENTIAL FINE

Blackpool coach Ian Holloway has threatened to quit if he is fined by the Football Association after making 10 changes to his starting lineup ahead of Wednesday's 3-2 loss to Aston Villa.

Wolves coach Mick McCarthy was fined £25,000 for making 10 changes to his lineup and fielding a weaker squad against Manchester United in a match last season.

Holloway claimed that with his team in the midst of a 12-day, four-game stretch, he was looking to keep his squad fresh. The product on the field certainly wasn't poor, considering Blackpool twice came back from a goal down only to fall at the death.

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What do you think about the potential call-ups of Carroll, Gaven, Rogers, Findley and Borchers? Can you see Wilkins landing a head coaching job in the Premier League? Do you think the loss of Inzaghi is a big blow to AC Milan? Do you think Holloway deserves to be fined for tinkering with his starting lineup?

Share your thoughts below.

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