Mid-Day Ticker: Giggs to play vs. Real Madrid, Uruguayan legend Cubilla dies, and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Giggs to play vs. Real Madrid, Uruguayan legend Cubilla dies, and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Giggs to play vs. Real Madrid, Uruguayan legend Cubilla dies, and more

BY DAN KARELL

Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs is set to make his one thousandth senior appearance in an illustrious career when his side face Real Madrid at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed to reporters that Giggs would play a part in the highly anticipated match, though the Scot refused to say whether the 39-year-old Welshman would start or not. Giggs, who made his senior debut for the Red Devils in 1991, scored on his 999th senior match in Manchester United’s 2-0 win at Queens Park Rangers last week.

Ferguson also announced that defender Phil Jones was unavailable for the Champions League tie due to injury.

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URUGUAYAN HERO LUIS CUBILLA PASSES AWAY AGE 72

One of Uruguay’s greatest ever footballers, Luis Cubilla, passed away today at the age of 72, due to cancer. Cubilla was highly accomplished as a player for club and country, as well as a manager all across the South American continent.

As a player, Cubilla featured for Uruguay in three World Cups, racking up 38 caps and 11 goals. On the club scene, he played for Uruguay’s two biggest clubs, Nacional and Peñarol, as well as a short spell in Spain at FC Barcelona.

He was also known for his achievements as a manager. From 1979-2010, Cubilla won 20 titles, most with Paraguayan side Olimpia, where he won ten league titles, and two Copa Libertadores crowns.

LIVERPOOL ANNOUNCE INCREASE IN DEBT

Liverpool FC reported today that the club have lost £40.5 million in the last 10 months, with the bulk of the club’s spending coming from the wage bill, according to reports in England.

Over 70 percent of the income made from the club is currently going towards paying wages. According to the report, Liverpool will spend £131 on wages alone this season, supporting the likes of Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, and Andy Carroll.

Despite the bleak financial news, the club’s managing director Ian Ayre has said it will have no impact on Liverpool’s future activity in the transfer market come this summer.

QUICK KICKS

The Denmark football federation has suspended Juventus forward Nicklas Bendtner for six months after the Dane was fined and cited by Italian police for driving while intoxicated. (REPORT)

Marseille president Vincent Lebrune has slammed the acts of his club’s fans, some of whom creating an impasse for the team bus on the way to the Stade Velodrome for their match last Sunday against Troyes. (REPORT)

Russian national team manager Fabio Capello has denied any reports of him considering becoming Chelsea’s next boss. (REPORT)

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What do you think of these reports? Do you see Ryan Giggs starting or coming off the bench against Real Madrid? Do you see Liverpool spending big money this summer? Do you see Capello moving to the Premier League?

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