Wednesday Kickoff: Henry strains calf, shooting at U.S. women's hotel & more

Wednesday Kickoff: Henry strains calf, shooting at U.S. women's hotel & more

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Wednesday Kickoff: Henry strains calf, shooting at U.S. women's hotel & more

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Thierry Henry has been able to provide a spark for Arsenal in his brief time on loan with the club, but the Gunners may have to look elsewhere for inspiration during their crucial match this weekend.

Henry picked up a calf strain in training, and his status is uncertain for Arsenal's match against Manchester United. The club is awaiting test results before determining his availability.

According to reports out of England, manager Arsene Wenger was considering starting the New York Red Bulls Designated Player in the match, trying to shake things up for a club that has dropped consecutive league games to Fulham and Swansea City.

So far in his brief time on loan with his former club Henry came off the bench and scored a game-winning goal against Leeds United in the FA Cup and appeared as a second-half substitute against Swansea.

Here are some more stories to kick off your Wednesday:

SHOOTING OCCURS AT U.S. WOMEN'S HOTEL

fatal shooting occurred in the Vancouver hotel that is hosting the United States' women's soccer team, which is there for the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.

According to a statement released by U.S. Soccer, no members of the team were involved in the shooting and nobody on the team witnessed the incident, which occurred at the Bar One restaurant inside the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.

The shooting took place just before 9 p.m. and police have no suspects as of this time, according to reports.

SPAIN STAYS ATOP FIFA RANKINGS, USA CLIMBS A SPOT

There was little change at the top of the FIFA rankings after a December that saw only 11 international matches played. The top 11 teams stayed put with Spain leading the pack followed by the Netherlands, Germany, Uruguay and England.

The United States was bumped up one place to 33rd, sandwiched in-between Algeria and Peru. Bob Bradley's Egypt side tumbled down the rankings, falling five places to 36th while Mexico remained the top-ranked CONCACAF side in 21st.

The United States' next two opponents, Venezuela and Panama, come in at 41st and 47th, respectively, with Panama reaching its highest ranking ever.

ANCELOTTI SAYS DROGBA MUST GO IF TORRES IS TO PROSPER

Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has not been shy when it comes to voicing his opinion on the club that fired him back in the spring. The newly-minted Paris St-Germain manager told an Italian newspaper that if Chelsea are committed to making Fernando Torres a success, Drogba must be sold.

Torres hasn't scored since mid-October and will be the focal point of Chelsea's attack due to Drogba's participation in the African Cup of Nations.

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Do you hope to see Henry play against United? Read anything into the latest FIFA rankings? Do you think Chelsea should sell Drogba?

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