Afternoon Report: October 8

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Marc Wilmots risks the wrath of Manchester United after claiming Marouane Fellaini could still play for Belgium on Friday, despite his wrist injury.

Fellaini is set to have surgery to correct the problem, but the Belgium manager still expects the Manchester United midfielder to at least train with his international colleagues.

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is nearing a comeback for his club after spending over a month out with a hamstring problem.

The German has not played for Arsenal since the win over Fenerbahce at the Emirates Stadium, but is working hard to regain full fitness.

Former Chelsea favourite Gus Poyet has been handed his first management job in the Premier League after joining Sunderland.

The Uruguayan has been out of work since leaving his post at Brighton, and has now been tasked with keeping the Black Cats in the top-flight.

Harry Redknapp says he never had any intention of selling Gareth Bale as the player struggled to make an impact at the start of his Tottenham career.

The former Spurs manager said he always had confidence Bale would become a star, but admitted the winger needed some 'toughening up' first.

Manchester City defender Micah Richards claims he will not 'beg' for a place in the England squad.

Richards has not played for England under Roy Hodgson, and says he will not plead to be picked.

Gerardo Martino believes the race for the Spanish title will be between three clubs this season.

Atletico Madrid, says Martino, are ready to end the dual domination of Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga.

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