Evening Report: November 7
Vincent Kompany, Jack Wilshere, John Terry, Isco and more...
Marc Wilmots will not call up Vincent Kompany for Belgium's friendly fixtures against Colombia and Japan after admitting it is best for the Manchester City star to concentrate on regaining his full fitness.
Kompany has been sidelined for several key Premier League games with a recurring groin injury but is tipped to return against Tottenham after the international break.
The same can not be said of Jack Wilshere, however, after Roy Hodgson called him up to the England squad despite concerns over his latest ankle injury.
Wilshere has missed Arsenal's last two games with the injury and remains a doubt for next week's internationals, but Hodgson claims to be in "constant discussions" with Arsenal regarding the midfielder's fitness.
Staying with the Gunners and Rio Ferdinand has highlighted Mesut Ozil as the main threat to Manchester United when the two teams meet at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Ferdinand, who celebrates his 35th birthday today, says his United team mates must lift their levels in order to compete with the German international.
John Terry has backed Jose Mourinho's decision to drop six Chelsea players following the disappointing 2-0 loss at Newcastle last weekend.
Chelsea beat Schalke 3-0 in the Champions League last night and Terry has praised the players who came in to the squad saying they have given the manager "food for thought".
Moving to La Liga and Spanish star Isco could already be on his way out of Real Madrid if reports in Spain are to be believed.
The 21-year-old only joined the club from Malaga in the summer, but rumours of a fall out with Carlo Ancelotti surfaced after he was named on the bench in each of Madrid's last two matches.
Neymar has backed team mate Lionel Messi to recapture his best goal scoring form after scoring a brace in the 3-1 win over AC Milan.
Messi has struggled for form and fitness so far this term, but Neymar believes the Argentine is getting back to his best hailing him as "a true great".