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Stoke suffer travel nightmare on way to Istanbul

Stoke will take to the field for their final Europa League Group E match against Besiktas less than 22 hours after touching down in Istanbul following a nightmare journey yesterday.

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A Turkish court freed eight suspects in a major match-fixing case yesterday, including the coach and an executive of leading club Besiktas, giving a boost to football club shares which have been hit hard by the investigation.

Fixing claims: 93 charged

A Turkish court accepted an indictment yesterday charging 93 officials and players with match-fixing.

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Manchester United winger Bebe could be sidelined for up to six months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament while playing for Portugal Under-21s in Slovakia on Tuesday night.

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Given faces losing his European spot to Hart

Shay Given was last night contemplating having to cede his Europa League place to Joe Hart, but remains no less positive towards the Englishman who, despite his indifferent form, has left him without a look-in at Manchester City.

Hodgson will select Reds' big names for knockout ties

Fernando Torres was controversially omitted from Liverpool's Europa League team in midweek but he and Steven Gerrard will be featuring in the competition from now on, said Roy Hodgson yesterday.

Defensive injuries lead Tottenham to consider £15m bid for Jagielka

Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham manager, has admitted he needs "one or two" additions to his squad as Spurs prepare to start the new season without the injured defensive pairing of Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King. "Jonathan's in a position where he can't train or kick a ball," Redknapp revealed.

Foster forced to margins at United

England have been dealt a defensive boost that they badly needed ahead of the World Cup squad announcement with news that Wes Brown has returned to full training. Ben Foster, however, another player who had seemed a genuine England prospect, appears increasingly marginalised at Manchester United.

Veteran Aboutrika with point to prove

An ageing talent included in the squad amid grumbling that he's being picked less on merit than on past reputation? For David Beckham, read Mohamed Aboutrika. The most rabid Zamalek fans aside, nobody would dispute the contribution the playmaker has made to Egypt's domination of African football, but after a foot injury caused him to miss their third straight Cup of Nations success in Angola in January, there have been questions as to whether he is sufficiently recovered to be worth his place in the squad.

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