Laurent Charvet and Christian Négouai may have played their last games for Manchester City after falling out with the manager Kevin Keegan. Charvet faces exile because he refused to go home before the transfer deadline to sign for Lorient. The French defender, whose former clubs include Chelsea and Newcastle, decided he would stay rather than take a pay cut to join the French side, who were relegated from the French First Division last season.
Négouai may be out for the season after needing a knee operation, following his decision to consult his own specialists about his problem. The midfielder ignored club advice and tried to overcome the ligament problem in his own way. The fact that led to him breaking down has angered the management.
The Charlton Athletic midfielder Graham Stuart has been ruled out for up to six months after a scan revealed cruciate ligament damage. The former Chelsea and Everton midfielder sustained the injury at Bolton two weeks ago and he will need an operation on his left leg.
Southampton have announced a pre-tax profit of £3.3m for the last financial year. In the year the Premiership club moved from The Dell to the St Mary's Stadium, Saints' turnover increased from £29.1m to £38.5m and profit excluding player trading from £1.2m to £4.7m.
The Everton manager David Moyes' request to keep Scot Gemmill back from Scotland duty has been acknowledged by the national coach Berti Vogts. Moyes wanted the midfielder, who is short of games after injury, to be kept out of the Euro 2004 qualifier with the Faroe Islands until he had appeared for the reserves. Vogts has agreed to the request and Gemmill will get a full run-out against Manchester United tonight and will fly out tomorrow.
The Birmingham City defender Olivier Tébily may not be fit for his side's first Premiership derby with Aston Villa at St Andrew's on 16 September. The Blues' manager Steve Bruce fears that Tébily will be out of action "for two to three weeks" with a hamstring strain.
The American company Rayovac yesterday announced links with York City and were set to invite Football League clubs in England to form a breakaway league. The plans came from the Third Division club's chairman John Batchelor, who owns a motor-racing team and developed links with Rayovac through their Indy Racing League team. York – now known as YCSC – and Rayovac will ask the other 71 Football League teams to break away, and will invite Rangers and Celtic.
The Lokomotiv Moscow striker Ruslan Pimenov has been ruled out of Russia's European Championship qualifier at home to the Republic of Ireland on Saturday because of a knee injury.
Russia must also do without striker Dimitri Sychyov, one of the rising prospects of the Russian game, who, according to the national coach Valery Gazzayev, is not in physical or psychological condition to play. Gazzayev believes Sychyov's quarrels with his club Spartak have left him unprepared to be in the national squad. Igor Titov and Marat Izmailov, perhaps the country's two best midfielders, are also injured.
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