Morning Ticker: Maradona starts new job, Adebayor out three weeks and Iniesta also sidelined

Morning Ticker: Maradona starts new job, Adebayor out three weeks and Iniesta also sidelined

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Morning Ticker: Maradona starts new job, Adebayor out three weeks and Iniesta also sidelined

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Call Tuesday a day of surprising appointments to high-profile positions. On the same day that saw Barack Obama elected president of the United States, Diego Maradona was in Buenos Aires being introduced as the new head coach of the Argentine national team.

The legendary player was introduced as Argentina’s coach on Tuesday, making a reality a hiring that few could have seen coming before last week. Maradona isn’t taking the job lightly. He has already appointed a new captain, Javier Mascherano, and is already speaking like a national team coach.

"It’s an honor," Maradona said of the new job. "I’m going to give it my all to make sure that things go well. We’re going to work everyday so that Argentina has a national team that keeps getting better and better."

Anyone wondering if Maradona will face pressure should consider some of the headlines in Argentine newspapers on Tuesday. "We are in the hands of God" was just one of the headlines and sums up the sentiment in Argentina pretty well. It should be fun to watch, one way or another.

Here are some other soccer stories to get your day going:

Adebayor out three weeks

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to be sidelined for three weeks with a right ankle injury, meaning the Gunners goal-scorer will miss Arsenal’s clash with Manchester United on Saturday.

It is still unclear whether young star Theo Walcott will miss the Man Utd clash with a shoulder injury suffered in the same 2-1 lost to Stoke as Adebayor.

Iniesta suffers knee injury

FC Barcelona midfielder and Spanish national team star Andres Iniesta is expected to be out for up to six weeks with a knee injury suffered in Barca’s 1-1 Champions League draw vs. Basel on Tuesday. The underrated playmaker has been a key figure in Barcelona’s strong start to the season and the Spanish club will struggle to replace his creativity and vision in midfield.

What do you think of these stories? Still in awe over Maradona’s hiring? Can Arsenal break out of it’s EPL slump without Adebayor? Can Niklas Bendtner pick up the slack? Who do you see carrying the load in the absence of Iniesta?

Share your thoughts on these stories, and any other soccer stories from this morning or Monday, in the comments section below.

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