Afternoon Report: March 19

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Arsenal have denied reports that Jack Wilshere could miss the rest of the season through injury.

The Gunners insist nothing has changed in the midfielder's recovery, and he should be available again by April.

Frank Lampard has backed Eden Hazard to emulate Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard is steadily beginning to repay his £32million transfer fee, and Lampard believes the young Belgian is destined for greatness with the Blues.

Antonio Valencia has bemoaned his form for Manchester United this season, claiming injuries have stunted his progress.

The 27-year-old winger has contributed only four assists this term, compared to 14 season, but insists he will improve.

Roma have reportedly been priced out of a summer move for Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.

The Italian earns £4.3 million-a-year at the Etihad Stadium, and similar contract would be beyond the financial reach of Roma.

Andre Villas-Boas has branded claims the Europa League is affecting Tottenham's Premier League form as 'science fiction'.

Spurs have lost their last two league fixtures, while they narrowly progressed into the last eight of the Europa League last week in a tense encounter with Inter Milan.

Former Barcelona star Rivaldo would be interested in a return to the Camp Nou as a coach.

Rivaldo is inspired by the example of Pep Guardiola, who moved through the ranks before progressing to the position of Barcelona first-team manager.

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