Sevilla v Real Madrid
Cambridge Utd – Telford
No less than 10 Bucks players could be sidelined for the Blue Square Bet Premier clash, which is being broadcast live on Premier Sports (5.15pm).
But Sinton is confident his side can battle through those problems to maintain their encouraging start to the campaign.
“We’re up against it but we will go there to be positive and try to win the game,” he said.
“One or two players may have to go slightly out of position but this is where the squad comes in.”
Telford’s main problems come defensively with centre halves Chris Blackburn and Michael Briscoe likely to miss out, Dan Preston continuing a six-game suspension and left back Ryan Valentine a doubt.
That means new recruit Liam Chilvers is likely to step in.
Luke Hubbins, Jay Smith, Jake Reid and Chris Sharp are also unlikely starters while Sinton is fretting on two more possible mystery injury concerns.
“We could have as many as 10 out, and a few of them could be struggling for next week as well,” he added.
Tonight’s clash is only the second time that AFC Telford have appeared on television. Their previous outing ended in victory in the Setanta Shield final over Forest Green in 2009.
Meanwhile, new striker Darren Byfield is confident he and fellow Bucks hot shot Kieron St Aimie can form a strong partnership.
The former Walsall and Villa forward, who joined the New Bucks Head at the end of last week, played 90 minutes alongside the Bucks’ top scorer in his club debut against Lincoln City.
Byfield, despite emerging from a long battle with a groin injury, believes the combination can reap rewards. Asked if the two could form a prolific partnership, he said: “We are different types of players so it can work definitely. He will hold the ball up more and play people in whereas I like to run in behind defences.”
Colombia, Huila – Envigado 1 @ 2,15
Shenhua stars back for game
DIDIER Drogba and Nicolas Anelka are back in Shanghai after a two-week break in the Chinese Super League with Anelka tipped to start for the game against Liaoning today.
Shanghai Shenhua’s Argentine coach Sergio Batista said he needed to meet Drogba to check on his condition before deciding whether to play him in the home match against Liaoning Whowin.
“Nicolas (Anelka) will start. As for the other two, Didier (Drogba) and Giovanni (Moreno), I have not seen them,” he said, adding that he had been told all the players were back in China. “When they arrive (at the stadium for training), I will communicate with them and see what their condition is, and decide whether they will take the field.”
Anelka greeted fans at Hongkou Stadium yesterday but did not speak to reporters.
United’s injury woes may force big lineup changes
Ferguson may dig deep into bench
Robin Van Persie became the latest player to be added to Manchester United’s injury list limped off injured during the Netherlands’ World Cup qualifier last night.
Louis Van Gaal played down the injury, “It does not seem to be too serious, but we did not want to take any risks,” he told Dutch broadcaster SBS6.
Shinji Kagawa was also injured against Iraq in Japan’s World Cup qualifier.
Manchester United also have Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Darren Fletcher out injured.
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is facing a defensive crisis
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is facing a defensive crisis ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa.
The Swans remain undefeated with two wins and a draw this season and lie second in the table, but it was their last fixture against Sunderland which proved costly.
Left-back Neil Taylor broke an ankle which ruled him out for the rest of the season, while Chico Flores was banned for three games after he was shown a straight red card.
During the week, Kyle Bartley ruptured his quad and will be out for around three months as well.
Laudrup brought in free agent Dwight Tiendalli as cover, and Alan Tate is set to partner Ashley Williams this weekend.
“It has been a bad couple of weeks. We all remember what happened to Neil and after that we have had another injury, not as serious, but a very difficult and rare muscle injury for Kyle,” Laudrup said.
“Then of course we have Chico suspended for three matches. It’s typical, to lose three defenders like this.
“But we have a squad and we have prepared them to play from the beginning, we did not think about serious injuries at that time but we are covered, we have players.
“Dwight is coming in to cover left-back so we don’t only have Ben for the rest of the season and I think we are covered.”
Laudrup is delighted with the form of Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer and Jonathan de Guzman, which could see new signing Pablo Hernandez on the bench.
“We have three players for two positions, we have three great players and we all know Saturday is not the only game,” he said.
“We have a lot of games and to have three such good players is good for everyone. It is good for us as a club.
“Two will start and one will be on bench, and in some games we have the options to play all three.
“It brings competition and that means they will always keep themselves under pressure. If we had this in all positions it would be very good.”
It was a difficult international period for some of the squad. Ashley Williams played in Wales’ 6-1 defeat by Serbia, which saw Ben Davies and Jazz Richards on the bench, while striker Itay Shechter was in the Israel squad that lost 4-0 to Russia.
“We have players coming back from very different results, but now they are here and back in the group, hopefully they will recover so they are fit mentally for the game Saturday,” Laudrup said.
Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen
TERRY Brown is sweating on the fitness of several key players ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash with Rochdale.
The Dons go into the game on the back of four defeats in the last five games, which has heaped pressure on boss Brown.
Centre-backs Mat Mitchel King (back) and Dale Bennett (knee) face a race against time to be fit in time for the visit of Dale, who are just a point better off than Wimbledon in the bottom half of the League Two table.
Young midfielders Huw Johnson (back) and Frankie Merrifield (groin) are also struggling and will be assessed in training.
Rashid Yussuff (ankle) is still a doubt, but Luke Moore should be fit for a place on the bench after playing half an hour for the development squad against Sutton yesterday.
Full-back Jim Fenlon has been passed fit after overcoming an ankle problem, while Yeovil loanee Curtis Haynes-Brown is due to return to training with the Dons tomorrow following injury.
However, Curtis Osano faces at least another month on the sidelines.
Boss Brown said: “We’re short on numbers and desperately trying to get everyone fit.
“We’re short on centre-halves and need either Mat Mitchel-King or Dale Bennett to be ready for Saturday.”
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE VS. PORT VALE
Plymouth suffer injury crisis ahead of Vale game
Five Plymouth Argyle first-team players are injury doubts ahead of Saturday’s League Two clash with the Valiants.
Three strikers Nick Chadwick, Rhys Griffiths (both calf) and Paris Cowan-Hall (hamstring) missed Argyle’s last game against Torquay and Argyle’s injury crisis has lead to manager Carl Fletcher bringing in former Valiant Guy Madjo on loan.
Madjo, who played for Vale on loan last season could start up front against his former club alongside fellow loanee Alex McDonald.
Meanwhile, captain Darren Purse and midfielder Paul Wooton played against Torquay despite not being fully match-fit.
Newcastle receive injury boost
Newcastle United have been handed a timely boost as four first team members have returned to fitness ahead of their Monday night match against Everton.
With key players Cheick Tiote and Tim Krul missing through injury and Fabricio Coloccini picking up a knock on international duty. Alan Pardew will be delighted to welcome back both Ameobi brothers as well as Haris Vuckic and Shane Ferguson to training.
Pardew spoke to The Chronicle about the returning first team players, “We have both Sammy and Shola back.
“Plus we have Shane Ferguson back after he played for Northern Ireland. We’re keen to have him. He hasn’t done a lot of work but he’s come back ok and we’re really pleased.”
The Toon Army already have to adjust and adapt from the largely settled team that helped them to a fifth place finish in last year’s Premier League. Vurnon Anita is likely to start at right-back while Gael Bigirimana is likely to deputise for Tiote in midfield.