Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has come to the defence of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in the row over his reputation for diving.

Cech claimed the Uruguayan should be praised as equally for staying on his feet when the two went one on one, as he is criticised for going down easily.

Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell has been voted the League Two Player of the Year in the Northwest Football Awards.

The 18-year-old picked up the prize after inspiring former club Crewe Alexandra to promotion last season.

Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has denied he is set to leave the Gunners permanently in January or next summer.

However, he did reveal he was close to a loan move to take the next step in his recovery from a serious knee injury.

Tottenham Hotspur have doubts over the fitness of three key players ahead of Saturday’s clash with local rivals Arsenal.

Jermain Defoe, Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon are all facing a fight to be fit for the north London derby.

Patrick Vieira has dismissed talk of Roberto Mancini possibly departing his post at Manchester City.

The former Arsenal captain, now football development executive at Etihad Stadium, said sticking with Mancini provides the stability needed to achieve success.

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