Mid-Day Ticker: Rooney heads PFA nominees, Ribery nears decision and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Rooney heads PFA nominees, Ribery nears decision and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Rooney heads PFA nominees, Ribery nears decision and more

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Wayne Rooney's stellar season figured to garner him some postseason awards, and Thursday it was revealed that he'll be in the running for at least two on the domestic level.

The Manchester United striker is not surprisingly one of the four PFA Player of the Year nominees, and he's also up for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

Other Player of the Year nominees are Chelsea's Didier Drogba, Manchester City's Carlos Tevez and Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas. Rooney, Fabregas, Birmingham's Joe Hart and Aston Villa's James Milner are up for the Young Player prize.

Rooney is attempting to keep the top prize at Old Trafford for a fourth consecutive year – Cristiano Ronaldo won the award in 2007 and 2008, and Ryan Giggs took home the honor last season.

Here are a few other stories from around the soccer world:

RIBERY DECISION COMING SOON

Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery will reportedly make a decision about his future in the next 10 days, either committing to a future in Germany or announcing his intentions to head elsewhere. Many of the world's top clubs will be lining up for his services if he intends to leave Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea have been rumored to be among the highest bidders for the French winger.

RONALDO SUING SPANISH TV STATION

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly suing a television station in Spain that claimed on one of its programs that he hosted parties before and after Madrid's critical loss to Barcelona.

Ronaldo released a statement completely denying the accusations and is pursuing legal action. 

ARSENAL'S VERMAELEN SIDELINED

Arsenal's faint title hopes were dealt a blow with the news that top defender Thomas Vermaelen will be out for the next 2-3 weeks with a calf injury.

The Belgian was hurt early in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Tottenham and is the latest in a series of Arsenal players to miss time because of a knock. William Gallas and Alex Song will also miss this weekend's tilt at Wigan Athletic, meaning that Arsene Wenger will likely field a back line of Gael Clichy, Sol Campbell, Mikael Silvestre and Bacary Sagna.

FERGUSON KEEN ON LLORIS

Lyon and French international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris figures to earn himself a nice payday this summer, and it appears that Manchester United will be vying for his services.

The Daily Mail reports that the English side is preparing to make a £15 million offer to secure Lloris as the successor to Edwin Van der Sar. No negotiations will commence until Lyon's run in the Champions League ends.

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Who gets your vote for the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards? Where would you like to see Ribery end up? Surprised that he's talking about his future in the midst of a Champions League run? Do you think Lloris is a good fit for the English Premier League?

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