Sporting Digest: Football

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Wolves' German midfielder Robert Niestroj has gone on loan to Nuremberg for the rest of the season. The 25-year-old has only made seven appearances for the Molineux club since signing from Fortuna Dusseldorf in November 1998.

Middlesbrough's full-back Curtis Fleming could be out of action for up to six weeks with a rib injury. X-rays have revealed the 31-year-old defender suffered a torn rib cartilage in the 1-1 draw at Bradford City on Saturday.

Everton will show Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie at Exeter on a giant screen at Goodison Park. Gates will open at 11.30am with admission prices pounds 8 and pounds 5 (concessions).

Spartak Moscow warmed up for Thursday's Uefa Cup third-round second leg at Leeds United with a 5-1 win in a friendly at the Nationwide Conference side, Telford United, last night, despite falling behind to a 38th-minute goal from Steve Palmer