Paper News and Gossip: Rooney Bayern Doubt, Wenger Blames Drugs for Injuries
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney dominates the back pages on Saturday after being ruled out of the Premier League game against Newcastle United.
But the real concern for David Moyes and the Old Trafford supporters is that the forward's toe problem could see him miss the Champions League quarter-final second leg at Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
Elsewhere, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the number of injuries among his squad could be related to personal treatments players are receiving.
But who else is making the headlines on Saturday? Read on to find out more.
Manchester United Doubt over Wayne Rooney for Bayern 2nd Leg
Manchester United have been dealt a hefty blow ahead of their Champions League quarter-final second leg at Bayern Munich with Wayne Rooney facing a fitness fight, reports David Facey of The Sun (subscription required).
The England international suffered a bruised toe in the 1-1 draw with the German champions in midweek, and he has been ruled out of Saturday's Premier League match at Newcastle United.
United manager David Moyes is quoted as saying:
Wayne will be touch-and-go for Munich.
There’s not an awful lot you can do with a toe injury.
Sometimes you can feel better quite quickly, sometimes you need an injection to play if it is bruising.
With a lot of toe injuries you have to make sure there isn’t a hairline fracture or crack. We will have all that checked.
He was limping quite badly at the end of the first game. It’s unfortunate. He is a miss for us.
Arsene Wenger Accuses Lifestyle Treatments for Arsenal Injury Woes
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes lifestyle drugs and treatments could be to blame for the significant injury list at the club, reports David Woods of the Daily Star.
The Gunners have endured a crippling list of casualties this season as their early promise dissipated in the Premier and Champions League.
But the Emirates Stadium boss claims personal products to treat things such as hair loss could be to blame for the number of injuries.
Wenger is quoted as saying:
I'm surrounded by people who want to enhance their performances because they have another problem in their life and it's not always necessarily a good thing to do.
Some of the injuries are down to the medication that the players take that you don't even know about.
Then you realise afterwards that they took this medication, but that's not prudent. Maybe the liver doesn't work as well because of the medication.
The toxins don't go as quickly out of the body as they should and they get tired.
If you lose your hair and if you've taken something to make your hair grow it might not be good, especially for the rest of your body.
Medication always pushes a part of your body and is sometimes detrimental to other parts of your body.
Meanwhile, Arsenal could sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata as long as they agree to a buy-back option with the La Liga giants, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
Jose Mourinho Insists Fernando Torres Still Has a Future at Chelsea
The £50 million forward looked out of sorts in his substitute appearance for the Blues in the Champions League defeat at Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.
But Mourinho is quoted as saying:
Torres has a future—if he wants to improve, obviously. I think everyone wants to improve and Chelsea wants to improve. That’s normal.
Does he have a future? Yes. He has a contract, he’s professional and works hard for the team.
We want him to score more goals. He wants to score more as well it’s not just me. But yes, he has a future.
During his period here he had moments. Some of them, important moments. But long periods performing week-in, week-out, he’s not had a lot. So stability in his performance he’s not had.
But moments and important goals, despite not scoring a lot at Chelsea, he’s always had these.
He’s a good professional and he tries to do his best. People that give everything, you can never blame or complain. He gives everything and is a good professional on and off the pitch, he tries his best. We want more, obviously.
He’s the first to want more. I respect him and he deserves to be respected.
Meanwhile, John Cross of the Daily Mirror claims PSG are preparing to offer almost double the £19 million Chelsea paid in a transfer move for Oscar.
Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Tim Sherwood Slams Glenn Hoddle Criticism
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood has lashed out at club legend Glenn Hoddle over his recent criticism, reports Paul Jiggins of The Sun (subscription required).
According to the article, Hoddle had claimed Spurs looked beaten before the game at Liverpool started last Sunday.
But Sherwood is quoted as saying:
Glenn’s got a lot of opinion about Tottenham and he’s entitled to that.
But it’s been a long time since Glenn Hoddle’s managed a football team and the game has moved on quite significantly.
I’ve been a pundit. It’s easy to look for something when you’ve got nothing else to talk about, other than to be critical of your ex-side.
Liverpool Striker Iago Aspas Looking for Exit as Reds Eye Julian Brandt
Liverpool striker Iago Aspas is looking for a way out of the club in the summer, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.
The 26-year-old joined the Reds in the summer, but the form of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge has seen his first-team opportunities limited this season.
Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has made a personal check on Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Julian Brandt, reports Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.
According to the article, the Reds boss watched the player in Bayer's defeat to Hamburg, which cost former Anfield defender and Bayer boss Sami Hyypia his job.
Sunderland Lucky to Escape Docked Points, Admits Gus Poyet
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet admits his team have been fortunate not to be docked points, reports David Coverdale of The Sun (subscription required).
According to the article, the Black Cats were given a fine after playing Ji Dong-Won in games despite having no international clearance for the South Korean.
In 2010, while Poyet was Brighton manager, he called for points to be docked from Hartlepool after they used a suspended player in their game against the Seagulls, notes Coverdale.
And Poyet is quoted as saying:
I am pleased because that one went against me but this one has gone for me.
I don’t think we’ll be docked points now because it has been done. I don’t think that’ll change.
I cannot tell you I’m convinced 100 per cent but I’d like to say we have been told that it is over.