Sporting Digest: Football

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The Southampton midfielder, Chris Marsden, is to have a hernia operation and may be out of action until the new year. The 30-year-old has completed just one full game this season after breaking a bone in his foot during Southampton's first week of competitive matches.

Bolton have agreed a one-month loan deal with the Spanish side Compostela for their 33-year-old French midfielder, Franck Passi, who is out of contract.

Wolves have signed Everton's Michael Branch on a month's loan. The 21- year-old striker could make his debut against Tranmere on Saturday.

Notts County have appointed the former Rochdale manager, Graham Barrow, as assistant manager to Gary Brazil.

Roma's Brazilian defender, A C Zago, has been given a three-game suspension after spitting at an opponent during Roma's 4-1 win over Lazio on Saturday.

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