Fabregas and Eboue Ruled Out: Aaron Ramsey Joins Nottingham Forest on Loan

25 11 2010
Cesc Fabregas 2009-05-10

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Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Eboue have been ruled out of action for two and four weeks respectively.

The duo picked up injuries in Arsenal’s disappointing 2-0 defeat against Portuguese side Braga last night.

Arsene Wenger had reacted furiously at Braga’s physical approach to the game. In his post-match interview, the Frenchman said, “We are going through a period where we have bad luck, we had Eboue kicked off the park without any punishment”.

He went on to add, “Eboue has a medial knee ligament strain.”

“It can be four weeks, can be six weeks or can be eight weeks. But I think it will be four weeks minimum.

“Fabregas will be assessed today (Thursday) with a scan. After that we can tell you how long he will be out, but I count two weeks.

“It is a big blow because it will question how cautious we have to be in the future with him. Cesc has played 50 games a year since a young age. We may have to be more cautious with him, especially in the next two months.”

It has been a day of mixed news for Arsenal as they were earlier given a boost by the news that Aaron Ramsey and Manuel Almunia both returned to action in the reserves 2-1 win over Wolves and the pair came through unscathed.

The duo are believed to be close to a return to first team action although Saturday’s match against Aston Villa may be too soon for them.

“We have a lot of bumps and bruises but everyone else should be available,” said Wenger.

“Almunia should be capable to play but I will see how he reacts.

“Ramsey needs competitive games. He played 45 minutes and he did well. We need to get him slowly and progressively into competition mode.”

In the last few minutes, it has been confirmed that Nottingham Forest have signed Aaron Ramsey on loan until the 3rd of January 2011. The short-term move is seen as the ideal way for the Welshman to get competitive action.

Ramsey had been sidelined since February after suffering a double fracture to his right leg in a challenge with Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross.

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07/08/2010 – Saturday Transfer Talk

7 08 2010

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=pepe+reina&iid=7220022″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/7220022/pepe-reina-liverpool-2008/pepe-reina-liverpool-2008.jpg?size=500&imageId=7220022″ width=”234″ height=”309″ /] Arsenal have launched a £23m raid for Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina (left) but face a battle to lure one of the Anfield club’s prize assets.

Manchester City will use Stephen Ireland as part of a player-plus-cash bid to persuade Aston Villa to part company with England international midfielder James Milner.

Milner was pulled out of Aston Villa’s friendly against Valencia on Friday as his move to City moved ever closer. The Eastlands club will pay an intial £15m fee that could rise nearer to £20m once the player has achieved certain targets.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis is ready to offload Turkish midfielder-cum-striker Tuncay to Blackburn to help fund his £10m pursuit of Nice forward Loic Remy.

Ghana international John Mensah is to return to Sunderland on loan, according to French club Lyon.

Meanwhile, Pulis is poised to make a £12m offer to West Ham to bring striker Carlton Cole to the Britannia Stadium.

Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce is set to make a move for Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker.

Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen is on the verge of a switch to Liverpool, according to his agent.

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=cesc+fabregas&iid=8410847″ src=”http://view3.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/8410847/cesc-fabregas-arsenal-2009/cesc-fabregas-arsenal-2009.jpg?size=500&imageId=8410847″ width=”234″ height=”309″ /] Cesc Fabregas (right) admits he is only staying at Arsenal because manager Arsene Wenger forced him to.

Everton defender Phil Jagielka will make his first England appearance since April 2009 in Wednesday’s friendly against Hungary at Wembley as part of a number of changes by coach Fabio Capello to the squad that flopped at this summer’s World Cup finals.

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres was waiting for an approach from Barcelona until the last minute before pledging his immediate future to Anfield.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is considering ending his interview boycott with the BBC. The Premier League has warned United of the fines the Scot could incur this season if he continues to ignore Match of the Day and 5 live reporters, while the League Managers’ Association has tried to persuade the 68-year-old to break his Beeb silence.

Leeds chairman Ken Bates believes half of foreign owners of British clubs “don’t know what they’re doing”, branding Liverpool’s American co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett “jokers”.

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30/07/2010 – Transfer Talk

30 07 2010

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has hinted he is still tempted by a return to Barcelona, saying his last conversation over his future with Arsene Wenger was “one of the most difficult moments of my life.”

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson says striker David Ngog, who scored twice against Macedonian side Rabotnick in a Europa League qualifier on Thursday, will stay at Anfield despite rumours that he could leave the club.

Hodgson is tipped to land Manchester City full-back Wayne Bridge. Some bookmakers have slashed the odds on the former Chelsea star arriving at Anfield this summer.

Manchester City remain “a substantial distance” from agreeing either a fee or terms for Inter Milan’s 19-year-old striker Mario Balotelli.

Bolton are set to bring back Croatia striker Ivan Klasnic for a second spell at the club. The deal this time will be permanent rather than a loan deal from Nantes.

Queens Park Rangers have joined Coventry in the race to sign disgraced striker Marlon King who was released from prison on Thursday after serving nine months for sexual assault.

West Brom have joined Blackburn and Sheffield United in the race for Stoke striker James Beattie by offering £1.5m for the 32-year-old striker.

Luke Young’s proposed move from Aston Villa to Liverpool is off because he would have had to take a £10,000-a-week pay cut. The defender wants a pay-off from Villa to allow him to take a drop in wages.

New Fulham manager Mark Hughes could return to former club Manchester City to buy Stephen Ireland, Craig Bellamy and Roque Santa Cruz. David Bentley is also being linked after the pair worked well together at Blackburn Rovers.

Hughes could also make a move for West Ham’s England keeper Robert Green if Arsenal make a move for Mark Schwarzer.

United States striker Landon Donovan says he would love to rejoin Everton from LA Galaxy following his successful loan spell on Merseyside last season.

Champions League side Spartak Moscow are refusing to abandon their interest in Celtic winger Aiden McGeady, who was left out of the Bhoys’ side beaten by Braga in the Champions League qualifying round this week.

Brazil striker Robinho is heading back to Manchester City after talks between the Eastlands outfit and Brazilian club Santos about extending his loan deal broke down.

Meanwhile, former City midfielder Didi Hamann reckons the club will again fail to finish in the top four this season despite splashing out huge sums on players.

Premier League referee Mark Halsey has been passed fit to return to action next season following treatment for throat cancer.

Five thousand unsold 24-carat gold limited edition Frank Lampard signature iPods are to be melted down and rebranded into ones featuring cartoon character Hello Kitty.

Italy’s 2006 World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro has moved in next door to England cricket hero Andrew Flintoff in Dubai.

Chelsea v Arsenal has been moved to Sunday 3 October for live television coverage – and will go out at the same time as the climax of golf’s Ryder Cup.

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