Sporting Digest: Football

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FERNANDO REDONDO, Real Madrid's new Argentinian midfielder, could miss eight or more games this season because of a knee injury, club officials said yesterday. Redondo has a partially torn ligament in the left knee following a tackle in a pre-season game on Sunday between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao.

ROMARIO returned to his Barcelona club yesterday three weeks late. Due to report back on 1 August, Romario ignored the deadline and extended his vacation in Brazil, claiming he was exhausted after the World Cup. Barcelona's coach, Johan Cruyff, has promised exemplary punishment for his player.

TRANSFERS: Neil Young (defender) Tottenham to Port Vale (loan); Gareth Williams (midfielder) Barnsley to Wolves (trial); Doug Dawson (midfielder) Nantwich to Everton (trial).