Afternoon Report: March 20

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David De Gea insists he's matured as a footballer in his two years at Manchester United. The Spaniard is currently in excellent form, and hasn't conceded a league goal for the last 537 minutes of play.

Gareth Bale should return from an ankle problem to face Scotland on Friday. The Wales star missed training on Tuesday, but reports claim he set to play in the crucial World Cup qualifier after recovering from the complaint.

Micah Richards is targeting the Manchester derby for his comeback after five months on the sidelines. Richards has been out since injuring his knee in October, but he's back in training and hopes to be fit to face United on April 8.

Santi Cazorla thinks the "spectacular" Arsenal fans have played their part in making his first season in England a success. The Spain international has contributed 11 goals and nine assists for the Gunners since joining from Malaga last summer.

Ramires hopes Brazil's Chelsea connection will help his country to victory over Russia next week. The two nations go head-to-head in a friendly match at Stamford Bridge, and there's plenty of Chelsea interest with Ramires, David Luiz and Oscar set to take part.

Lionel Messi is bidding to become only the second player ever to score against every La Liga team in a single season. Cristiano Ronaldo achieved the same feat last year, and Messi can match him with a goal against Celta Vigo on Saturday.

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