Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher will miss at least the rest of the season due to chronic illness, the club has confirmed.
The news leaves Sir Alex Ferguson facing a growing injury crisis, with Nemanja Vidic also out for the remainder of the campaign.
Elsewhere delay, Manchester City have been granted special dispensation to delay the departure of Yaya Toure to the African Cup of Nations.
The Ivory Coast international will now be available for City's FA Cup tie against rivals United, as well as the Carling Cup semi-final with Liverpool.
Elsewhere today, Luis Suarez's FA disciplinary hearing for alleged racial abuse is underway, with the striker facing a lenghy ban.
Today's transfer news sees reports that Chelsea are prepared to cut their losses with Fernando Torres - and sell for £20m. Daily Mail
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly targeting AC Milan after the defender hinted he would be open to a move. Sky Sports
Sir Alex Ferguson id set to sign Juventus winger Milos Krasic on loan amid the growing injury list at Manchester United. Mirror Football
Tottenham Hotspur are the favourites to seal the signing of prolific Lille striker Moussa Sow, who could be available for £18m. TalkSport
And finally, Spanish newspaper Marca claims Barcelona are prepared to sell Liverpool and Chelsea David Villa next summer. ESPN