Evening Report: March 21

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Thomas Vermaelen has refused to comment on his situation at Arsenal, but insists he is 'not worried' having been dropped from Arsene Wenger's first-team.

The Gunners captain has not played since the north London derby defeat to Tottenham, and has been forced to watch back-to-back victories against Bayern Munich and Swansea, where the team has kept consecutive clean sheets.

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta insists Fernando Torres' dry spell in front of goal is down to bad luck with goalkeepers.

The Spanish striker was omitted from Vicente del Bosque's squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, but his compatriot and team-mate in west London believes Torres simply needs a change in fortune.

Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell believes he will be ready to return to action within two weeks as he recovers from a hamstring problem.

The 22-year-old aggravated his long-standing injury in the recent 1-0 win over Aston Villa, although he is confident of being cleared to resume training next week.

Manchester United loanee Wilfried Zaha has been shortlisted for the Football League's Young Player of the Year award.

The 20-year-old winger, who signed for the Premier League leaders in a £15million deal in January, has helped fire Crystal Palace into promotion contention ahead of his summer arrival at Old Trafford.

Tottenham midfielder Sandro is being allowed to work his way back to full fitness in his homeland with the medical staff of Internacional.

The Brazilian suffered a season-ending knee injury in January and after undergoing surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament, is recuperating with his former club in South America.

Lionel Messi says he wants to replicate the success he has enjoyed at Barcelona at international level with Argentina.

The 25-year-old has won three Champions Leagues and five Spanish titles with Barca, but is yet to taste victory in a major tournament with his country.

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