Friday Kickoff: Torres injured, Terry-Capello meeting scheduled and more

Friday Kickoff: Torres injured, Terry-Capello meeting scheduled and more

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Friday Kickoff: Torres injured, Terry-Capello meeting scheduled and more

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Jose Francisco Torres 2 (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

The list of injured U.S. national team players just keeps getting longer and longer.

Jose Francisco Torres is the latest U.S. international to go down with an injury after it was revealed Torres picked up a hamstring strain that will keep him sidelined for the next one to two weeks. Torres picked up the injury in Pachuca's loss to Queretaro, but the knock really affected Torres in this past weekend's rout of Atlante, in which he was replaced in the second half.

Torres should recover in time for the U.S. team's upcoming friendly vs. the Netherlands on March 3, but any setbacks in the coming weeks could rule him out.

Here are some stories to help you get your Friday started:

Capello, Terry to meet for captaincy decision

The John Terry soap opera's next chapter could be its last.

Terry is expected to meet with England manager Fabio Capello at his office in Wembley sometime on Friday, and a decision on Terry's future as the Three Lions' captain could be made. Terry is under immense scrutiny for having had an affair with England and former Chelsea teammate Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend.

Red Bulls sign Lindpere

The New York Red Bulls have signed the first of what could be several European signings, acquiring Estonian midfielder Joel Lindpere.

Lindpere, 28, is a left winger who is projected to be a starter for the Red Bulls. His signing likely means the Red Bulls won't be re-uniting with former midfielder Dave Van Den Bergh, who had been linked to a return to the Red Bulls. He is currently out of contract though FC Dallas still holds his MLS rights.

Ribery intrigued by Barcelona

Bayern Munich attacker Franck Ribery is open to a move this summer, and his agent has revealed Ribery would be delighted to join Lionel Messi at Barcelona. Ribery's agent told a Barcelona radio station that the France international wants to play alongside Messi, but Ribery has not ruled out joining any other potential suitors, such as Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Ronaldinho denies throwing party

AC Milan forward Ronaldinho has ruled out rumors of him throwing a three-night "mega party" prior to the Milan derby back on Jan. 24, which AC Milan lost 2-0. Ronaldinho stated through his blog on Thursday that he did not host such an event, and revealed his frustration with the media for using old images of him to create stories.

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Do you think Torres will heal in time to make the roster for the Netherlands friendly? Should Fabio Capello keep Terry as his captain? How dangerous would Barcelona be with Ribery in the fold? Wishing you could show off your samba skills at one of Ronaldinho's fiestas?

Share your thoughts below.

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