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Inter welcome back returning stars

Published: Monday 30 October 2006, 16.48CET
FC Internazionale Milano's Zlatan Ibrahimović and Fabio Grosso are back from suspension on Matchday 4 but FC Shakhtar Donetsk have some key absentees.

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Published: Monday 30 October 2006, 16.48CET

Inter welcome back returning stars

FC Internazionale Milano's Zlatan Ibrahimović and Fabio Grosso are back from suspension on Matchday 4 but FC Shakhtar Donetsk have some key absentees.
FC Internazionale Milano welcome Zlatan Ibrahimović and Fabio Grosso back from suspension for Matchday 4 as they attempt to get their UEFA Champions League campaign back on track away to FC Spartak Moskva, but the news on the disciplinary front is bleaker for FC Shakhtar Donetsk.

Grosso missing
Grosso had a two-match ban reduced to one game on appeal on Friday, meaning the defender could line up for the Nerazzurri with Ibrahimović in the Russian capital. Inter's assistant coach Sinisa Mihajlović is still serving his two-game touchline ban following his protests after Grosso's dismissal against FC Bayern München. Spartak have no such concerns and do not have any players under threat of a ban as none of them have more than a single yellow card to their name so far this season.

Yellow peril
Also in Group B, Sporting Clube de Portugal will hope Miguel Veloso and Liedson can avoid another caution against Bayern or they will be suspended for Matchday 5 next month. Bayern midfielder Andreas Ottl finds himself in the same position and the German club's deputy chairman Uli Hoeness will complete his two-match touchline ban for the visit of the Portuguese side.

Shakhtar absentees
In Group D, Shakhtar will be without the services of Anatoliy Tymoschuk and Viacheslav Sviderskiy when they welcome Valencia CF to Ukraine, while Ciprian Marica and Brandão are both one yellow card away from picking up a ban. Valencia have Roberto Ayala and David Albelda in the same position, though Albelda is likely to miss the remaining group stage matches in any event as he has a knee injury.

Bonera out
AC Milan's Daniele Bonera is the only other player suspended on Matchday 4 after being sent off in the 1-0 win at RSC Anderlecht so he misses the return match in Group H. Elsewhere, FC Dynamo Kyiv goalkeeper Olexandr Shovkovskiy and PSV Eindhoven's Michael Lamey return from suspension for the matches against Olympique Lyonnais amd Galatasaray SK respectively. Few such problems for F.C. København in Group F - they have only picked up one booking in total in the three matchdays, and none in the last two.

Last updated: 31/10/06 14.56CET

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