UEFA Champions League updates: 5-11 October

The latest news from the 32 group stage contenders as they continue their matchday three preparations

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Theo Walcott has been reflecting on Arsenal's 3-0 defeat of Manchester United on Sunday, telling arsenal.com: "This result especially will send out a message to the Premier League that we are ready to actually have a go this season .That desire was there, but we need to show it in every single game now, it can’t just be one offs. You could sense by the way we started, it was going to be a good day.

"Some of the football we played in the first half was just unbelievable to be involved in," Walcott added. "Maybe we eased off a bit in the second half but to be honest we are always happy with a clean sheet. That is crucial for us as well.

"When we have won games before, we have tended to give away sloppy goals, so it was crucial for the whole team to keep a clean sheet."

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Michael Carrick, meanwhile, has admitted Manchester United were well below their best in the 3-0 loss at Arsenal. "We just didn’t start well enough, or quick enough, and conceded goals," the midfielder told MUTV. "When you concede goals at this level then it makes it difficult to come back. We improved as the game went on, but it just wasn’t good enough.

"We are bitterly disappointed and will probably beat ourselves up about it over the next few weeks, but we’ll come back looking at the bigger picture. It's a setback, but we’re still up there and just need to take this one on the chin, take whatever criticism comes our way and come back stronger.

"It was certainly a bad day," Carrick added. "But as players and coaching staff we’ll analyse it and come back better. I'm hoping it's a one-off as there's been no sign of that recently. We've had a decent start to the season. We have got plenty of time to put this right and there's still a long way to go."

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Pontus Wernbloom's opener helped CSKA Moskva see off city rivals Dinamo Moskva 2-0 on Sunday and maintain a five-point advantage as Russian Premier League leaders. "It was an even game. We defended well and were lucky to open the scoring," said the midfielder who's header just after the interval put CSKA on the road to a first win in 13 outings against Dinamo. "I knew about this streak. I lost a couple of games against Dinamo myself. We knew it had lasted too long and we needed to end it.

"We're currently taking points on a regular basis which is very important. Our recent games were very difficult and we had many injuries, but team's still moving forward," said the Swede, after a game which saw Bibras Natcho receive a serious looking head injury. "We hope he'll get back soon. The injury was quite heavy. His absence is a blow for the whole team."

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Lyon coach Hubert Fournier was happy after his team's 1-0 win against Reims on Saturday, a match played at times in torrential rain. "The change of weather forced us to make changes on the pitch," he explained. "We didn’t manage to put this one to bed, although we enjoyed a very good first half: we upped our level and we should have converted our domination into more goals."

Fournier also commented on the performance of Alexandre Lacazette, who scored the only goal of the match after failing to convert a penalty kick. "Alex is back in the battle and today he was rewarded for his efforts. He's very strong mentally and we're all behind him. We know what we owe him. Everyone wanted to celebrate his goal with him!"

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Gareth Bale once again dominated proceedings at the 25th Football Association of Wales (FAW) annual awards in Cardiff on Monday evening.

The Real Madrid forward, 26, was named player of the year for the fifth time in six years. He also took the players' player gong and supporters' player award.

Real Madrid have announced that full-back Dani Carvajal has suffered an injury to the tendons in his right ankle. While the Merengues do not offer any indication of how long the full-back will be out for, he is now a doubt for matchday three's game with Paris Saint-Germain on 21 October.

Pauleta said he was "happy" that Zlatan Ibrahimović overtook him as all-time leading Paris Saint-Germain goalscorer on Sunday when the Sweden forward got his 109th and 110th for the club against Marseille. "Cristiano Ronaldo took my Portugal record, I'm happy it's Ronaldo and Zlatan, two phenomenal players," Paulta told radio show Luis Attaque, hosted by former Paris coach Luis Fernandez.

As for Paris's UEFA Champions League campaign, Pauleta added: "If Paris continue in this way, the Champions League will come. They have a stronger team than inmy time, with great players, skilled enough to make a difference."

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Roma coach Rudi Garcia will be without the 35-year-old Seydou Keita for five weeks: the Mali midfielder injured his right thigh during the 5-1 league victory over Carpi on 26 September. The medical examinations today confirmed "good progress" in the lesion but excluded the possibility of having the defender available for the next two Group E games against Bayer Leverkusen.

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Bayer Leverkusen right-back Roberto Hilbert has been ruled out until next year after undergoing an operation on his left knee on Thursday. The club initially hoped the 30-year-old could be treated for the problem but after a lack of improvement they opted for surgery. Hilbert began the season as first-choice right-back, but Giulio Donati has been preferred since his knee injury.

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Mönchengladbach midfielder Patrick Herrmann faces a long spell on the sidelines after the 24-year-old tore the cruciate ligament in his left knee. The club confirmed he will not undergo surgery at this point. Another medical assessment is planned in four weeks, but Herrmann will not return before the end of the group stage.

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Chelsea have signed up goalkeeping cover in the wake of Thibaut Courtois' continuing absence with injury, with former Italy goalkeeper Marco Amelia joining until the end of the season. The 33-year-old will be second choice to Asmir Begović during Courtois' spell on the sidelines, and joins after a season with Perugia in Seria B, following four years at AC Milan.

Atlético Madrid forward Luciano Vietto has had surgery to treat an acute bout of appendicitis and both the club and the player have confirmed the operation was a success.

However, the Argentinian who scored Atlético's equaliser in the derby against Real Madrid last Sunday, will be out for between three and four weeks, meaning he will miss Atleti's next two UEFA Champions League fixtures, home and away to Astana. The player said: "Everything went well and I hope to return to action with the team as soon as possible."

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Manchester City face a nervous wait after Sergio Agüero suffered a hamstring injury during Argentina's 2-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying defeat by Ecuador.

Agüero, who scored five goals in City's win against Newcastle on 3 October, was carried off midway through the first half. The 27-year-old has already been sidelined with a knee problem this season.

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FC Bayern's Mario Götze has been ruled out of Germany's key qualifier against Georgia in Leipzig on Sunday after suffering an unspecified muscle injury in Thursday's 1-0 defeat at Republic of Ireland.

One potential replacement in midfield, Bastian Schweinsteiger, is also set to miss out. Joachim Löw rates the Manchester United man's chances of shaking off a groin strain that meant he played no part in Dublin as "rather slim".

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Juventus have confirmed that Paul Pogba will resume playing in "about seven days" after the midfielder returned to Turin from international duty with a twisted right ankle.

Pogba missed France's 4-0 win against Armenia on Thursday but could be back to face Internazionale a week on Sunday and Borussia Mönchengladbach in the UEFA Champions League three days later.

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According to French newspaper Le Parisien, Paris goalkeeper Kevin Trapp limped out of training on Thursday morning with a right-thigh injury. The club has yet to confirm how long he will be out for, but the newspaper reckons the 25-year-old German will not play for five to six weeks, meaning Italian international Salvatore Sirigu will have a chance to reclaim the No1 slot he lost to Trapp following his arrival from Eintracht Frankfurt this summer.

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Paris Saint-Germain might be without David Luiz for their key Group A game against Real Madrid on 21 October because of a knee injury sustained while playing for Brazil against Chile on Thursday. He has withdrawn from the squad, with the player's agent quoted in the French press as saying he expects the defender to be out of action for a month.

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