Fabio Capello will meet John Terry later today before a verdict is delivered on whether the England skipper can stay in his job.
After emerging through one media scrum at Heathrow Airport on Thursday, Capello knows another will have to be tackled in Warsaw this weekend if he does not manage to resolve Terry's future before he departs for the Euro 2012 draw tomorrow.
So, while the England coach wants time to make the decision he has been empowered to carry out, he realises that brings its own negatives and risks upsetting UEFA, who know their showpiece event could be upstaged completely.
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A meal on Thursday night with trusted assistant Franco Baldini would not have brought much room for manoeuvre, if that was what Capello was seeking.
Baldini has been attempting to gather some facts to present to Capello on his return to the UK after knee surgery.
And the news from Manchester City does not hint at harmony.
"I spoke with Baldini on Monday morning," revealed Roberto Mancini of a meeting with his fellow countryman that took place at Wembley, where the City manager had gone for an ultimately failed bid to secure a work permit for Kenya midfielder McDonald Mariga.
"He asked me about Wayne and I told him that he is training every day.
"I said it is not a good moment in his head but it's not a problem on the training ground. It's important he can play now and not think about the other person."
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