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SPURS SUFFER

SPURS SUFFER

Tottenham had to suffer quite a lot in order to earn the 3-0 victory over Tromso in the Europa league. They had three players injured after the match, which will be a major headache for the manager given that all of them are key for the club. Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas recently said that the Football Association was not looking at the health of the players because they were scheduled the Capital One cup in such a way that the players felt could be affected. However, the match against Tromso did more damage for Tottenham.

Mousa Dembele, Younes Kaboul, and Danny Rose all suffered injuries at various stages of this match. They are major doubts for the Premier league this weekend. It has been a great start by Tottenham as we have been able to compete along with the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City in the table so far. It was expected of them given that they spent in excess of £ 100 million in this transfer window. Even though they recouped most of the money through the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, their squad is substantially stronger due to the presence of several quality players across the pitch.

Villas-Boas did confirm that Dembele could feature against Cardiff during the weekend.

“Dembele should be okay. He felt a lot of pain when he was brought down, but now he’s steady. Younes felt muscle tightness in his adductor and we decided to take him off. He was struggling but he didn’t rupture anything. We have to be a little bit more careful with Danny Rose. We hope it’s not serious. We have to give him one night to see the reaction of his ankle. He is in doubt for Sunday but he should be okay,” Villas-Boas said.

ROONEY SET FOR COMEBACK

ROONEY SET FOR COMEBACK

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will be coming back to the team for friendly match against AIK Fotboll according to manager David Moyes. The future of the star striker has been speculated a lot in recent weeks after Chelsea made an official offer for him. The bid, which is believed to be in the region of £ 20 million, was instantly rejected by Manchester United. Chelsea, though, are thought to be preparing a second offer for the 27-year-old, as Mourinho sees him as a vital player in the team. Rooney had to be sent back from the pre-season tour of Asia after suffering a hamstring injury.

However, he has sufficiently recovered from the injury in order to be part of the squad at Stockholm according to Moyes. Rooney has placed himself on the transfer list for the last few months, but no official offer has materialised until the interest from Chelsea. It is believed that Rooney is very keen on linking him with Mourinho, who has made no secret of the fact that he is a huge fan of the former Everton star. Rooney is thought to be extremely hurt by the comments made by Moyes that he needs a good backup for striker Robin van Persie in case the Dutchman gets injured.

“I do expect Wayne to be in Stockholm. As far as I know he is coming on. He has started light jogging and the feedback from the physios is that he is progressing, so hopefully those dates will still be right when we get back. We have said, and the club have said, he is not for sale. That has not changed,” said the former Everton manager. Moyes has had a difficult start to his United career after losing two out of the last three pre-season matches.

WENGER LIKES ROONEY

WENGER LIKES ROONEY

Arsene Wenger has made no secret of the fact that he would like to sign Manchester United hitman Wayne Rooney if given the opportunity. Arsenal are finally looking to spend some money in the transfer window, as they have been linked with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez apart from Rooney. They have already made a £ 30 million offer for Suarez, which has been rejected by Liverpool. They are also believed to be in advanced negotiations with Real Madrid over the £ 25 million deal to bring Higuain to the Emirates stadium.

Arsenal only recently saw Chelsea make an official offer for one of their targets Rooney. Even though the exact offer made by Chelsea is not known yet, it is believed to be around £ 20 million. The West London outfit believe that they will be able to secure Rooney for around £ 30 million. However, the biggest hindrance in this deal could be the wage demands of the player. The 27-year-old England international currently earns around £ 200,000 per week, which is one of the best in the world. He is unlikely to look for a pay cut when he moves to his new team.

However, this would have to significantly break Arsenal’s wage structure, but Wenger says that the club can afford it.

“It happened to us last year and it can happen to them. We would not have a problem with the wages of Rooney. Rooney is under contract and has two years to go so it’s United who make the decision. But we would not have a problem with the wages of Rooney. At the moment, Fabregas has decided to stay one more year at Barcelona,” said the Arsenal manager regarding Rooney and Fabregas. There have been rumours that Fabregas could be set for a return to Arsenal.