Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Champions League Team News

ecompak brings you the latest team news for all the Champions League clashes that are set to kick off tonight!

Man United vs FC Porto

Federico Macheda will keep his place in Manchester United's squad for their Champions League quarter-final against FC Porto.

The 17-year-old scored the last-gasp winner to beat Aston Villa on his debut on Sunday and Sir Alex Ferguson does not intend to dump the Italian even though he has three senior players returning.

Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes and Nemanja Vidic are all back from suspension, although Rio Ferdinand is unlikely to figure as he is still troubled by a groin injury.

Anderson and Dimitar Berbatov also miss out due various ailments.

Ferguson is likely to call on Park Ji-Sung, whose energy could be a useful weapon.

However, the majority of Ferguson's starting line-up will be asked to follow up from Sunday, ensuring there was only time for a massage and a few loosening exercises in training on Monday morning.

Meanwhile, Porto striker Lisandro Lopez, the second highest scorer in this year's Champions League, is back after missing Saturday's 3-1 win at GuimarĂ£es through suspension, and his strike partner Hulk returns to provide a physical presence upfront.

Villarreal vs Arsenal

Robin van Persie will miss Arsenal's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Villarreal with a groin injury.

However, Samir Nasri and Theo Walcott have been passed fit for the clash at El Madrigal after a virus and knee injury respectively.

Midfielder Andrey Arshavin is ineligible having played for Zenit St Petersburg during the group stages. Striker Eduardo (groin) and midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) remain sidelined, while long-term absentee Tomas Rosicky continues his recovery.

Villarreal have injury problems of their own, with Spain winger Santi Cazorla set to miss the remainder of the season.

The influential 24-year-old fractured his fibula during his side's 3-0 defeat at Almeria.

Ruben Gracia (thigh) is in coach Manuel Pellegrini's line-up, while Turkey striker Nihat Kahveci is back to full fitness, but midfielder Bruno Sorriano is out.

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