Manchester United suffered further injury scares on Tuesday night during the international friendlies. The Old Trafford club have faced a nightmare of a season with regard to having players unavailable and it's become a standing joke which simply isn't funny for fans of the Premier League club. Apart from a sort of gallows humour emerging.
Liverpool's recent difficult period hadn't been quite as difficult as perhaps the media have been insisting. The club aren't adrift in the Premier League. They're in a battle for the top four, which was the realistic aim for this season. Liverpool haven't been utterly humiliated in Europe either, with still a chance of qualification.
Lionel Messi has experienced a few ups and downs over the past couple of years. The day to day business of being one of the world's top two footballers has sometimes seemed a distraction from heavy stuff outside of the game such as the situation with his tax.
If Tottenham and Swansea City thought that the battle regarding Michel Vorm was over they are very much mistaken. A report in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf on Tuesday says that not only are Vorm's previous club FC Utrecht still pursuing the matter, which could go all the way to the Court of Arbitration for Sport...
Manchester United may be seeing a new side of Adnan Januzaj this week. Belgium manager Marc Wilmots on Tuesday shared what his team would be for the upcoming game against Iceland... on Twitter. The selection is Courtois, Vanden Borre, Alderweireld, Lombaerts, Vertonghen, Witsel, Dembele, Fellaini, Januzaj, Hazard, and Benteke.
Spanish newspaper Sport on Wednesday cover reports of supposed Chelsea interest in Aymeric Laporte. The gist is Chelsea would bid €40m for a player they see as a John Terry replacement. Laporte's buyout clause is €42m say Sport, so Chelsea would be pitching themselves just under that amount, in the hope of fighting off competition. However, it makes little sense.
Xherdan Shaqiri's brilliant hat-trick at the World Cup was one of the memorable parts of the tournament. Switzerland had been much heralded as dark horses but were dismissed by Argentina in the first knockout round. However, Shaqiri had already taken his moment to shine.
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil once again finds himself surrounded by negative publicity and this time it's probably none of his making. Most families have rifts but when it involves a multi-millionaire footballer and hundreds of thousands of pounds it escalates things. The Ozil feud has become very public.