International News - Issue 181



Lionel Messi has been ruled out for the next six to eight weeks with a hamstring tear, Barcelona have revealed. The Argentina forward was forced off after less than half an hour of Sunday's match against Real Betis after pulling up with a muscle problem in his left leg. - Full Story via The Guardian

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho calls West Bromwich Albion's Jonas Olsson a 'Mickey Mouse player'. Jose Mourinho was involved in a huge tunnel bust-up at Stamford Bridge on Saturday after branding West Bromwich Albion defender Jonas ­Olsson “a Mickey Mouse player”. - Full Story via The Telegraph

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen vows to stay and fight for his future at the Emirates Stadium. Thomas Vermaelen claims that he is prepared to fight for his future at Arsenal, despite losing his status as first choice centre-half under Arsène Wenger. - Full Story via The Telegraph

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has been released from hospital after suffering concussion during the 1-0 Premier League win over Arsenal on Sunday. The Serbia international was forced to come off just before half-time at Old Trafford after colliding with United goalkeeper David de Gea. - Full Story via Sky Sports

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is expected to be out for another three weeks due to a thigh injury. The Belgium skipper has missed City's last seven matches after picking up his latest knock in a 3-1 win over Everton last month. - Full Story via Sky Sports

Manchester City's away form could cost the title, says Pablo Zabaleta. Pablo Zabaleta has conceded that Manchester City's poor away form is threatening to derail their title challenge. Zabaleta, who came on as a second-half substitute in his team's fourth loss in six away matches in the Premier League, accepts that a squad as strong as City's should be doing much better. - Full Story via The Guardian

England centurion Frank Lampard to be honoured at Wembley before Chile clash. Chelsea man won his 100th cap against Ukraine but will receive commemorative cap before Three Lions' Chile test on Friday. - Full Story via Daily Mirror

Health scare forces England Under-21 team to leave St George's Park training base. Stomach virus hits England training complex meaning Gareth Southgate's side will now relocate to Arsenal's training ground. England’s Under-21s were last night shipped out of the FA’s plush St George’s Park training base following a health scare. - Full Story via Daily Mirror

Manchester United gunning for top spot after Arsenal win says Tom Cleverley. A hard-fought victory coupled with the failings of others means United are now very much back as part of the Premier League title race. - Full Story via Daily Mirror

Jordan Henderson credits Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard's influence as he returns to England squad. Jordan Henderson claims he has returned to the England fold a better player – thanks to Steven Gerrard. Henderson is back in the Three Lions’ squad for the first time since Euro 2012 for the Wembley friendlies against Chile and Germany. - Full Story via Daily Mirror