Cesc Fabregas has said he has no regrets about leaving Barcelona but has not ruled out a return to the Nou Camp. "I don't know," the Spaniard said when asked about returning to the side he left as a youth player. "I'm fine where I am, I'm at the ideal club, with a great coach and good team-mates."
The manager Martin O'Neill believes striker Gabriel Agbonlahor will not allow his recent goal drought to affect his game. "Some players are very confident regardless of what else is happening," O'Neill said of the forward, whose last goal came at Wigan on 29 December. "Gabby is one of them."
Reports in Germany have linked the St Andrew's side with the VfL Wolfsburg goalkeeper Simon Jentzsch. The 29-year-old lost his first-team place at the Bundesliga side last November and could be allowed to leave the club, with Blues officials believed to have travelled to Germany for talks.
The club have been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following the 1-0 victory at Newcastle on 1 March. The FA alleges that the club "failed to ensure their players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion". Rovers have until 25 March to respond to the charge.
The manager Gary Megson remains confident that the Trotters can avoid relegation despite falling into the bottom three last weekend. "We have lost our last three Premier League games but we played ever so well in them," Megson said. "We are not lacking in confidence." Bolton face trips to Wigan and Manchester United next week.
The midfielder John Obi Mikel has been called up to the Nigeria squad for the Olympic Games qualifier with South Africa on 26 March. The 20-year-old has won 16 caps for his country and will be looking to help the Super Eagles secure the draw they need in Abuja to reach the Beijing games. Marseilles full-back Taye Taiwo could also feature.
Chairman Adam Pearson said the players are playing for their Pride Park futures for the remainder of the season as the board prepare for likely relegation. "There will be six or seven each way," he said. "That's why it's important for the players to respond between now and the end of the season."
Mikel Arteta was relieved to complete 90 minutes against Sunderland without pain after missing recent games with Brann, Portsmouth and Manchester City with a groin complaint. "I haven't played without pain for a long time," the Spaniard said. "Hopefully I can finish the season as I want."
Jimmy Bullard feels his late equaliser at Blackburn on Saturday can inspire the club's survival challenge. "It's all about winning now – we're not looking at the teams we're playing," he said. "We're going out and just playing. The season starts here and we're going to give it a right good crack."
Fernando Torres has attributed his recent form to his burgeoning relationship with Steven Gerrard. "When you play alongside a player like Stevie, it's easy to score like I have been," the Spaniard said after scoring seven goals in four matches. "We know where each other is running, where we are."
Sven Goran Eriksson has banned talk of Uefa Cup football following a downturn in the club's recent form. "If we cannot find the answers, there is no point talking about Euro qualification," the manager said. "But as long as it is still a mathematical possibility, we have to fight for it."
Assistant manager Carlos Queiroz has apologised for the "misconstrued" remarks he made regarding Martin Taylor. Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Lyons after home supporters aimed a laser at Cristiano Ronaldo during the last-16 Champions League tie on 20 February.
Gareth Southgate said he was unhappy with his side's performance during the FA Cup defeat to Cardiff on Sunday. "It hurts because we've let down the fans," the manager said. "We've been begging for a full house for months and haven't rewarded the fans with a performance."
The club remain hopeful midfielder James Milner will recover for the trip to Birmingham on Monday after he suffered a foot injury. "James had an X-ray after the match [at Liverpool] on Saturday," physio Derek Wright said. "This showed there was no break and no damage to the metatarsal."
Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie believes lifting the FA Cup would reward manager Harry Redknapp for his work at Fratton Park. "For Harry it would be the greatest thing," Storrie said. "He deserves it because he's been such a fantastic manager. He's taken the club up another level."
Brynjar Gunnarsson will be sidelined for the next four weeks after undergoing groin surgery yesterday. "He was progressing well and trained last week," physio Jon Fearn said. "But he was still having discomfort. We decided to deal with it now and get him 100% as soon as possible."
Chairman Niall Quinn admits the club have prepared for possible relegation. "This is a really tense time," Quinn said. "The reality is we have to prepare for both sides of the outcome. Come the end of the season, if we've managed to stay up, we'll have a platform from which to step forward."
Juande Ramos believes the club can still finish in the top 10, despite currently lying five points adrift. "We have a game in hand," the manager said. "It's against Chelsea, so that's a tough one. We have work to do. Five points is difficult, but we have to try to get as many points as we can."
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Dean Ashton said the club are determined to improve on recent performances when Blackburn visit on Saturday. "We have to get back on track," he said following the Hammers' three successive 4-0 defeats. "We want to make sure we are at least in the top half of the table and really push on. Hopefully, it was just a bad week."
The Austria manager Josef Hickersberger has insisted he will not hand Paul Scharner a recall to the national squad, despite the midfielder suggesting he would be willing to return from a self-imposed exile. "I already told him in 2006 that his decision to leave the team meant he was giving up on that possibility," Hickersberger said.Reuse content