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<b>Joleon Lescott, Manchester City</b><br/>
Although twice as experienced as the other options on this list (excluding Ferdinand), there is concern that Lescott will fall down the pecking order at Manchester City, particularly after summer signing Matija Nastasic started ahead of him in the Champions League tie against Real Madrid. His club manager, Roberto Mancini, is concerned at Lescott's lack of mobility, while a few costly mistakes this season have not aided his cause.

Manchester City trio Joleon Lescott, Maicon and David Silva in contention for Tottenham clash

Manchester City trio Joleon Lescott, Maicon and David Silva are hoping to return to action in Sunday's Barclays Premier League game against Tottenham.

Jack Wilshere in action against Manchester United

Banned Jack Wilshere misses visit of Fulham

Arsenal will be without suspended midfielder Jack Wilshere for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash against Fulham at Emirates Stadium.

Gareth Ainsworth

Gareth Ainsworth 'honoured' by Wycombe appointment

Gareth Ainsworth has been appointed player/manager of npower League Two strugglers Wycombe.

London's Olympic Stadium might not re-open until after the Rio Games

The Olympic Stadium in east London may not re-open until after the Rio Games in 2016, it has been revealed.

Suarez celebrates scoring his equaliser for Liverpool
Neil Lennon refused to criticise his players despite Celtic throwing away a two-goal lead

Injuries mount for Celtic after late surrender

Dundee United 2 Celtic 2

Empty handed: Graham Turner looks on helplessly as his team are beaten

Bulls turn the tables on Turner with double by reborn Bowman

Hereford 3 Shrewsbury 1: Former Hereford owner returns as Shrewsbury manager to give his old club an unintended boost

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini offers no denial over Monaco talks

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has not denied reports that he spoke to Monaco last season.

Mark Clattenburg officiates at Sunday’s match

Football authorities afraid of microphones due to exposure of bad language

Former England rugby union international Brian Moore claims football's authorities are fearful of the bad language that would be exposed by equipping referees with microphones that would relay on-pitch discussions to spectators.

Mark Clattenburg with John Obi Mikel

Mark Clattenburg given 'full support' from referees' union

The referees' union today pledged their “full support” to Mark Clattenburg after Chelsea accused him of using “inappropriate language” towards John Obi Mikel and Juan Mata.

Mark Clattenburg with John Obi Mikel

Mark Clattenburg is 'for the high jump' if found guilty of racial abuse says former referee Jeff Winter

Former referee Jeff Winter thinks Mark Clattenburg will not officiate a match again if it is proven that he racially abused a Chelsea player in yesterday's five-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge.

Sides in the top two divisions must have all-seater stadiums

Aston Villa offer to trial standing areas for supporters

Aston Villa have become the first Premier League club to publicly back a new campaign for trials of standing areas for fans in top-flight and Championship matches.

Manchester City and Spain midfielder David Silva

David Silva remains sidelined for Manchester City for Swansea match

Champions Manchester City are again without playmaker David Silva and a number of other players for their Barclays Premier League clash with Swansea.

Simon English: A tough old game for stockbrokers

City stockbrokers are struggling horribly. There's not much trade, and a jobs shake-out, perhaps more brutal than even they expect, is coming soon. Lots of the small firms on the edge of EC2, the ones with names that sound a bit to the stock punter in Ealing Broadway like they might be big (but that are not), have long looked like falling off the ledge.

Women's football will take off with professionals, says FA

The Football Association hopes that moves towards professionalisation could help women's football become the second-biggest team participation sport in Britain, after the men's game.

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