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Injuries overshadow Sunday action

Published: Monday 4 October 2004, 0.59CET
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Published: Monday 4 October 2004, 0.59CET

Injuries overshadow Sunday action

A number of players suffered injuries as 20 UEFA Champions League teams returned to action.

Following Sunday's domestic action, brings you up to date with the latest UEFA Champions League squad news.

Ronaldo recovering
Group B contenders Real Madrid CF sank to their third domestic defeat of the season at home against RC Deportivo La Coruña. Midfield player Guti missed the game after spraining his left ankle in training, while Michael Owen replaced Ronaldo, who is recovering from a pulled hamstring, only to suffer a muscle injury himself. Deportivo's win was only the Group A side's second Primera División victory of the season. Albert Luque, who replaced Fran González in the starting lineup, repaid coach Javier Irureta by chipping in the only goal of the game.

Edmílson fear
Group F club FC Barcelona went top of the table with a 1-0 win against CD Numancia thanks to Henrik Larsson's goal. But Edmílson was carried off on a stretcher with a suspected cartilage tear in his right knee that could rule him out for a month. Group G hopefuls Valencia CF were without Vicente Rodríguez as they drew 1-1 at Real Betis Balompié. The winger is facing a two-week lay-off with a sprained ankle.
Martins missing
FC Internazionale Milano
of Group G threw away a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Group B's AS Roma, their fourth draw in five Serie A games. The Nerazzurri, already without Christian Vieri, could be robbed of the services of striker Obafemi Martins after the striker was helped from the field with a possible fractured fibula. Roma's Christian Panucci was replaced at half-time after suffering a muscle injury and will be examined on Monday.

Trezeguet trouble
AC Milan
defeated Reggina Calcio 3-1 with Filippo Inzaghi and Rui Costa showing insufficient match fitness to last the full 90 minutes. Jaap Stam was still out but should return for the Group F matches in a fortnight. Second-half substitute Marcelo Zalayeta gave Group C side Juventus FC a 1-0 win away against Udinese Calcio. But the Bianconeri, already without the injured Alessandro Del Piero, were handed a major worry over David Trezeguet, who was forced to leave the pitch nursing a dislocated shoulder which may require surgery and a subsequent four-month lay-off.

Trio returning
FC Dynamo Kyiv
coach Joszef Szabo was lifted by the news that Valentin Belkevich, Serhiy Fedorov and Denis Onischenko are back to full fitness and should be available for Group B game against Madrid on 19 October. His side defeated FC Vorskla Poltava 3-0 away from home. Ukrainian league leaders and Group F contenders FC Shakhtar Donetsk defeated FC Obolon Kyiv 1-0 thanks to Brazilian midfield player Matuzalem's goal.

Strand strain
Despite missing Ivica Olic, who was injured in the Group H game against Paris Saint-Germain FC, PFC CSKA Moskva strolled to a 3-0 victory at FC Kuban Krasnodar. Daniel Carvalho returned to action from injury but it was Osmar Ferreira, Sergei Semak and Dmitri Kirichenko who scored the goals. Norwegian side Rosenborg BK followed up their Group E draw against Arsenal FC with a 2-0 away defeat by Ham-Kam Fotball. To make matters worse, Roar Strand had a recurrence of his thigh problem, while Vidar Riseth went off at half-time with an achilles injury.

Kirkland back
Goalkeeper Chris Kirkland returned for Liverpool FC but was unable to prevent the Group A side losing 1-0 away against Chelsea FC in the Premiership. Substitute Joe Cole scored the only goal for José Mourinho's unbeaten Group H club, who lost Mateja Kezman before the start and then saw Didier Drogba limp off with a groin problem. In France, Group D's Olympique Lyonnais needed two late goals to win their derby match away against AS Saint-Etienne 3-2. Brazilian Juninho Pernambucano was on target twice and Sidney Govou notched the decider in added time.

Comebacks planned
Perhaps still stunned by their 4-0 Group C defeat in Munich, AFC Ajax were held to a goalless draw by AZ Alkmaar. Defenders John O'Brien and Hatem Trabelsi hope to make their comebacks for the reserves on Monday although goalkeeper Maarten Stelenburg is still out with a knee injury. Meanwhile, holders and group H hopefuls FC Porto defeated CF Belenenses 3-0, with coach Víctor Fernández choosing Pedro Emanuel to play in place of centre-half Jorge Costa. Benni McCarthy came off the bench to score twice.

Reçber hurt
Finally, Group D team Fenerbahçe SK strolled to their seventh consecutive Turkish Superleague victory by defeating Denizlispor 2-0. Brazilians Márcio Nobre and Alex scored the goals but Turkish international goalkeeper Rüstü Reçber was replaced at half-time after injuring himself when attempting to clear the ball with a header.

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