Friday Ticker: Injuries mount for Madrid/Spurs, Bosnia banned and more

Ronaldo (Getty) 

 

By JOHN BOSCHINI

Both Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur could be without some of their top players for their Champions League quarterfinal match Tuesday.

Madrid could be without forward Cristiano Ronaldo (thigh), winger Karim Benzema (thigh) and full-back Marcelo (ribs) for the first-leg tie at the Bernabeu. The trio will definitely miss Saturday’s match at Sporting Gijon. Ronaldo has not scored in four matches and was left out of Portugal’s international team in order to recover.

On a positive note for Jose Mourinho, striker Gonzalo Higuain could feature against Gijon and Spurs. Higuain hasn’t played since November when he went out with a back problem that required surgery.

Tottenham will be without a star of its own with Gareth Bale still struggling to overcome a hamstring injury. Also in doubt for the trip to Spain is defender William Gallas, leaving manager Harry Redknapp with a shortage of central defenders.

First kick is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

Here are some more stories to help you through to the weekend.

BOSNIA BANNED BY FIFA, UEFA

Bosnia-Herzegovina has been banned from international competition by both FIFA and UEFA and could miss out on the European Championships in 2012. FIFA/UEFA imposed the ban because Bosnia refused to trim its three-man presidency to a single person to line up with FIFA policy.

Last October, FIFA gave Bosnia six months to comply with the order and now has the option of creating an emergency panel to circumvent the current FA and allow Bosnian teams to play internationally. Bosnia’s next scheduled competitive match is June 3 in a EURO 2012 qualifier with Romania.

SAHA INJURED, OUT FOR THE SEASON

Everton will be without striker Luis Saha for the rest of the season due to an ankle injury.

Saha has scored nine goals this season and picked up the injury during Everton’s 2-1 victory over Fulham last month. It’s just the latest injury blow for Everton as Mikel Arteta, Marouane Fellaini, Tim Cahill and Jack Rodwell are all set to miss time. 

BUFFON OPEN TO JUVENTUS EXIT

Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has admitted that his days at long-time club Juventus could be numbered with rumors swirling that Arsenal is interested in the 33-year-old.

Juventus is likely to unload the expensive keeper if the club is unable to make the Champions League for next season. Juventus currently sits seventh in the Serie A table, 11 points off a Champions League spot. Buffon has said in the past that he would like to play in England but has played for the Turino-based club for nearly a decade.

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What do you think of today’s stories? Still excited for Madrid/Spurs despite the injuries? Should Bosnia have been banned? Would you like the see Buffon suit up for the Gunners?

Share your thoughts below.

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11 Responses to Friday Ticker: Injuries mount for Madrid/Spurs, Bosnia banned and more

  1. Mike says:

    Buddle getting the start today.

  2. fischy says:

    FIFA is being ridiculous. it’s going to take a generation or more for Bosnia to resemble anything like a united nation, if that’s even possible. Patience is what’s required here. FIFA isn’t going to be able to force the country to unite. even along football lines.

  3. Redneck says:

    Cristiano Ronaldo just dove.

  4. Crash says:

    BigSoccer has crashed!!!

    12 Years of data lost!

    What will become of us now?

    The unseen hand strikes again!

  5. Dusty from Houston says:

    Spurs will always be shorthanded in defense as long as they keep Woodgate and King in the squad.

  6. Matt C in Tampa says:

    Fulham has called Eddie Johnson home from loan. VR has recalled Jozy and Benfica wants Freddy back.

  7. Matt in detroit says:

    Thank god there is a guilt-less supervisory organization like FIFA to protect the sport from corruption.

    Widespread votebuying at the world cup is ok but naturally shutting down a slowly healing nation’s cup hopes is a priority.

  8. Mike says:

    Good first half. Ingolstadt look real good, up 2-0. Hard to believe they are in a relegation battle. On a different day Buddle would have had a first half brace, but he has had 4 shots on target. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t get one in the second half.

  9. inkedAG says:

    I’d like Arsenal to pick up Buffoon.

  10. Mike says:

    Well now I see why. As good as they were in first half, they are equally as poor now. Buddle subbed off.

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