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Friday Kickoff: Terry, Rooney, Copa Libertadores and more


Chelsea’s veteran centerback and captain is expected to be out at least another week, while rumors of a move for Wayne Rooney were squashed before the start of the weekend.

Chelsea head coach Guss Hiddink told reporters centerback John Terry is not fit for this weekend’s FA Cup clash vs. Manchester City, but hopes he may be back by next weekend. (REPORT)

Manchester United has reportedly received no bids for English international Rooney amid recent speculation that Chinese clubs have been making moves for the striker. (REPORT)

Mexican club Pumas UNAM defeated Ecuadorian side Emelec, 4-2, in Copa Libertadores action, while Sporting Cristal-Penarol and Independiente del Valle-Colo Colo finished as 1-1 ties on Thursday. (REPORT)

The Bolton Wanderers announced the sale of its Euxton training ground as the club is in heavy debt, and English club Wigan Athletic revealed it had purchased the facility. (REPORT)

Australia’s soccer federation (FFA) chief executive David Gallop said Tim Cahill, 36, has reportedly turned down offers from the Australian A-League because the league’s clubs couldn’t meet his needs. (REPORT)

The restraining order imposed on Karim Benzema over his alleged involvement in a blackmail scandal involving France international teammate Mathieu Valbuena has reportedly been lifted by judge Nathalie Boutard. (REPORT)


Among the Americans playing abroad during the week, Miguel Ibarra turned in the best performance, scoring a goal and assisting another for Club Leon in the Mexican Copa MX. (REPORT)

U.S. Men’s National Team had coach Jurgen Klinsmann explained how having in-form players in Alejandro Bedoya, Fabian Johnson and Bobby Wood is crucial because they can prove to be difference-makers ahead of the team’s two World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala in March. (REPORT)

Klinsmann says Molde FK goalkeeper Ethan Horvath is the No. 1 for U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team ahead of its Olympic qualification playoff series against Colombia in March. (REPORT)

Aron Johannsson has not played a game since Sept. 22 due to a hip injury, but he could make his 2016 debut this weekend against FC Ingolstadt in the German Bundesliga. (REPORT)

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