Tidbits: Messi out of the derby, Lehman off the hook & more

FC Barcelona
Sigh. Looks like Lionel Messi will be sitting out the weekend derby against Espanyol. He took a late knock, after scoring a brilliant goal, against Dynamo Kiev and it seems that he has sprained his ankle. He is also doubtful for the FIFA World Club Cup semi final.

Liverpool FC
Liverpool have signed 16 year old Kristjan Gauti Emilsson on three-year deal. The Icelandic was been watched by other clubs, including Manchester United, Glasgow Rangers and IFK Gothenburg. He said of the deal:”Liverpool made me an offer that I couldn’t refuse. It’s just like a dream come true.”

Arsenal Striker Carlos Vela has also put pen to paper in what is said to be a “long term” deal. The details of the contract, however, remain undisclosed. The Mexican striker had loan spells at Celta Vigo, Salamaca and Osasuna.

“We have invested a lot of time in Carlos, as we put him in Spain for two years to get some good experience,” Wenger said. “Now he’s back with us, we’re working hard with him every day and he is a very exciting player.”

Meanwhile team mate Nicholas Bendtner will be out till the new year. He had undergone surgery for a groin inury but was expected to return after 4 weeks. Wenger told the official site:”It is quite disappointing because he looked quite sharp and he was short from coming back into the squad.”

Arsenal will also be without Eboue and Rosicky this weekend, when they face Liverpool.

Manchester City
Manager Mark Hughes has told his squad to continue arguing. Why? They won their last two matches after a heated arguement broke out in the changing room. Read it here

Jens Lehman appeared to urinate behind his goalpost during Stuttgarts Champions League Match against Unirea Urziceni. The Stuttgart goalkeeper jumped over the advertising boards and looked as if he was relieving himself before being interrupted by a Romanian counter-attack.

Lehmann was not seen by the the referee and was not booked for leaving the pitch without permission. He could’ve been yellow carded but miraculously he got off the hook. Stuttgart’s director of sport, Horst Heldt, praised Lehman for how he dealt with the situation. “I thought he handled it very expertly,” he said. “It was a tricky situation. He could hardly run into the dressing room while play was going on and it reminded me of the Tour de France – sometimes there are simply no options.”

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