Mid-Day Ticker: Suarez suspended again, City making play for Hazard and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Suarez suspended again, City making play for Hazard and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Suarez suspended again, City making play for Hazard and more

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Luis Suarez might as well be on the FA's speed dial these days.

In the aftermath of receiving an eight-game ban and hefty fine from England's ruling body, the Liverpool striker was given his second punishment after being found guilty of misconduct for flipping the middle finger to Fulham fans at Craven Cottage following a match earlier in December.

Suarez was suspended for a game and fined £20,000 for the gesture, which he admitted to doing. As a result, he'll sit out Liverpool's match against Newcastle on Friday.

Suarez and Liverpool have yet to lodge an appeal for the other ban, one that would prevent him from playing in almost half of the club's remaining matches this season if upheld.

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CITY MAKING PLAY FOR HAZARD

Manchester City's embarrassment of riches could be growing even more.

According to reports, the club is making a bid for Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard, one of the most sought-after names on the European transfer market.

Hazard's agent claims that in order to secure Hazard's rights as soon as possible, City will make a £25 million bid for the player, whom the club would then loan back to Lille for the remainder of this season under the terms of the deal. 

Real Madrid is rumored to be Hazard's first-choice destination.

FORLAN FIT AFTER HAMSTRING INJURY

Inter Milan striker Diego Forlan is finally set to return to action after a hamstring injury has kept him out of the lineup for the last two months.

Forlan has hardly made the impact expected of him since joining Inter from Atletico Madrid. He has scored just one goal — back in September — and the club struggled to an atrocious start to the season despite his presence. 

Inter has since found its form, climbing into fifth place in the Serie A table after winning its last four games. The club trails first-place teams AC Milan and Juventus by eight points as Forlan returns from the injury, which he suffered while on international duty for Uruguay on Oct. 11.

EUSEBIO SET TO LEAVE HOSPITAL

Former Portugal great Eusebio is on the verge of being discharged from a hospital after a week-long stay.

The 69-year-old Eusebio was admitted into Lisbon's Hospital da Luz last Wednesday with infections in both of his lungs that caused double pneumonia. He was reportedly in the hospital's intensive care unit through the weekend.

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Do you think Suarez has been worth the trouble for Liverpool? Does Hazard-to-City make sense for either party? Where do you see him ending up? How do you see Forlan's return impacting Inter's fortunes?

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