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Timmy Chandler has a month to make up his mind.
That's what FC Nurnberg is reportedly telling the U.S. international fullback, who has been heavily courted by fellow Bundesliga outfit VfB Stuttgart and could secure a transfer there this summer. According to German publication Bild, Chandler must give Nurnberg a clear answer on what he wants for his future so both parties can proceed accordingly.
Chandler's contract with Nurnberg lasts through the 2012-13 season, but he is a candidate to be sold when the transfer window re-opens should he give the indication that he's interested in departing. The club would undoubtedly want to receive something in return for him if he were to leave, making this summer — when Chandler could be representing the United States at the Olympics — the ideal time for a club switch.
In terms of the prospects for next season, Stuttgart's are marginally better than Nurnberg's. Both teams are currently stuck mid-table in the Bundesliga and do not figure to factor into 2012-13 European competition. Stuttgart has 26 points through 22 matches, while Nurnberg has 25. Bayer Leverkusen, which occupies sixth place and the league's second and final UEFA Europa League spot, has 34 points.
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TERRY OUT UP TO TWO MONTHS
The news keeps getting worse for Chelsea centerback John Terry.
After initially being ruled a doubt for Chelsea's UEFA Champions League match, Terry learned that he will need knee surgery and will be out for up to two months.
Terry injured the knee when sliding into a goalpost during an FA Cup match against Portsmouth, and he has been forced to miss Chelsea's last four matches — all of which have resulted in dropped points for the struggling club.
As a result of the procedure, Terry will also be unavailable for England's friendly against the Netherlands later this month, which would have been his first match for the Three Lions since being stripped of his captaincy by the FA. The development, which occurred because of his alleged racial abuse of Queens Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand and ensuing criminal charge, resulted in the resignation of coach Fabio Capello.
LICHAJ SCORES FOR VILLA RESERVES
U.S. fullback Eric Lichaj continued his comeback from a hip injury by scoring a goal in Aston Villa's 4-1, reserve-team victory over West Brom on Tuesday.
Lichaj started and went the distance at right back, scoring the final goal of the match in the 86th minute on a run into the box from the touchline, according to a match report. Lichaj has seen time at both fullback positions since returning from injury last month and playing with the reserve team but has yet to see the field with the first team.
In his only appearance with the Aston Villa first team this season, Lichaj started and scored a goal in a Carling Cup win over Hereford. He has made the gameday roster three times since his return this winter.
FORMER RED BULLS GK ROST RETIRES
Frank Rost is hanging up his cleats and gloves.
According to reports out of Germany, the former New York Red Bulls Designated Player and goalkeeper has elected to retire, putting an end to his 20-year career.
Rost, 38, joined the Red Bulls last summer with the expectation of providing stability in net for a team desperately in need of it. He turned in mixed results despite being the first DP goalkeeper in league history, and while team officials claimed to have been in talks with Rost about returning to Red Bull Arena during the offseason, they both elected to go in opposite directions.
Prior to coming to MLS, Rost was a stalwart in the Bundesliga, starting for Werder Bremen, Schalke and Hamburg.
PERUVIAN PLAYERS GO ON STRIKE
All is not well in the Peruvian top flight.
Players in Peru went on strike ahead of the start to the new season this past weekend, reportedly doing so on a united front over an unpaid-wage crisis affecting multiple teams.
As a result, all teams in the country's top flight except for one reportedly fielded junior players for the opening games of the season. The outlier, Universidad San Martin, elected to forfeit its match in lieu of fielding a team of replacement players.
Do you think Chandler should bolt for Stuttgart or stay at Nurnberg? What do you think of the latest Terry update? Happy to see Lichaj continuing to do well for the Villa reserves? What did you think of Rost's MLS stint? What do you make of the strike in Peru?
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