Evening Football Report: August 23

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Schalke have refused to comment on speculation linking the Bundesliga outfit with Arsenal forward, Lukas Podolski.

The German international joined the north London outfit last summer, but has been linked with a return to his homeland in recent days.

Chelsea 'keeper Petr Cech is eagerly anticipating Monday night's clash away to Manchester United.

The 31-year-old stopper conceded that a win over one of Chelsea's nearest rivals will give Jose Mourinho's side an early advantage in the race for the Premier League title.

Manchester United manager David Moyes is without a number of first-team players for the match, including young full-back, Rafael.

Moyes confirmed that the Brazilian suffered a hamstring injury at Wembley earlier this month, and will be out of action for three to four weeks.

Manchester City have been warned they will be walking into a Cardiff City stadium cauldron this weekend.

Manuel Pellegrini's side make the trip to Wales off the back of an impressive opening day win over Newcastle United, but Bluebirds defender Matt Connolly insists the newly-promoted side can cause an upset.

Tottenham full-back Danny Rose is desperate to improve his goal tally this season, having opened his account with a stunning strike in the Europa League last night.

Rose was also full of praise for teammate Andros Townsend, who scored the opening goal and claimed two assists as Spurs romped to a 5-0 victory.

And finally, Barcelona have confirmed that Lionel Messi suffered a bruised thigh in the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Messi was forced off at half-time, and the Catalan giants have confirmed that the record-breaking forward is doubtful for the away trip to Malaga this weekend.

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