Monday Kickoff: Brown injury concern for England, Slovenia WAG dispute and more

Monday Kickoff: Brown injury concern for England, Slovenia WAG dispute and more

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Monday Kickoff: Brown injury concern for England, Slovenia WAG dispute and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

As the injury bug continues to hit the United States national team, first round opponents England aren't exactly emerging unscathed either.

Manchester United and England defender Wes Brown could be out for the rest of the Premier League season and also miss the World Cup after injuring his foot over the weekend against Wolverhampton. Results of a scan today will determine his fate, with a broken metatarsal suspected.

While Brown may not be a starting candidate on the England squad, his absence would deal a blow to England's defensive depth as they will likely be missing Ashley Cole this summer.

Here are a few more stories for Monday:

SLOVENIA ROW OVER WIVES AND GIRLFRIENDS

Turmoil has hit another U.S. first-round opponent as a row has recently emerged over Slovenia players' families traveling with them to South Africa. It's reached a point where Slovenian FA president Ivan Simic has threatened to resign over the issue.

Slovenia captain Robert Koren has reportedly demanded the costs of families and wives traveling to South Africa be covered by the FA — though Simic claims the players have been offered a bonus of £120,000 for making the finals.

REAL MADRID CATCHES BARCELONA

Carlos Puyol and Zlatan Ibrahimovic played a starring role in Barcelona's stumble over the weekend, as the Catalan club was finally caught by their rivals from the capital. During Barcelona's 2-2 draw against Almeria on Saturday, Ibrahimovic was shown a straight red for a foul off the ball.

Down a man, Puyol then conceded the lead to Almeria when he slid a cross into his own net. A Leo Messi equalizer salvaged a point for the visitors.

The draw opened up the door for Real Madrid, who were down 2-0 with just 30 minutes left to play against Sevilla, before scoring three times to come away 3-2 winners. The result drew Madrid level on points with Barcelona at the top of the table, and a two-goal differential giving Real Madrid the edge. Here are highlights from Madrid's win:

CESC OUT FOR PORTO

Arsenal's 3-1 win over Burnley on the weekend came at a price, as captain Cesc Fabregas hobbled off with a hamstring problem late in the first half.

The Spaniard will miss Tuesday's second leg clash against Porto at the Emirates as the North London club looks to turn around a 2-1 deficit.

MONTPELLIER MISSES CHANCE FOR FIRST PLACE

Newly-promoted side Montpellier has been the story of the season in France. The club got off to a fast start in 2009 and have maintained pace with defending champions Bordeaux — sitting equal on points going into a top of the table clash on Sunday.

Unfortunately, Montpellier missed two first half penalties and couldn't take advantage of playing with a man up after Bordeaux defender Mickael Ciani was sent off in the first half. A stoppage-time equalizer was all Montpellier could muster in a 1-1 draw that saw the two sides remain tied for first in Ligue 1.

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What do you think of England's latest injury news? What will happen to Slovenia? Who's going to win the Spanish league title? Can Arsenal overcome Porto without Fabregas? Will Montpellier shock France and win the title?

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