Olympique de Marseille goalkeeper Fabien Barthez will miss the Ligue 1 match at SM Caen on Saturday because he requires a minor operation. The Marseille medical staff did not reveal why the French international needed surgery, but it is not thought to be a sporting injury because the 33-year-old was able to play the 90 minutes of last Saturday's 3-1 home win against FC Nantes Atlantique. He will be replaced this weekend by Jérémy Gavanon, who is also likely to deputise against AJ Auxerre on 11 December when Barthez is suspended.
Bolton Wanderers FC will be without Jamaican international Ricardo Gardner for three weeks as he must undergo an operation to repair a cartilage problem in his knee. The 26-year-old midfielder suffered the injury during Saturday's English Premiership defeat by Portsmouth FC. Meanwhile, Bolton forward El Hadji Diouf, who is on loan from Liverpool FC, today received a three-match ban from the Football Association for spitting at Portsmouth's Arjan de Zeeuw during the same game.
Former Wales midfielder John Robinson, who spent more than a decade with Premiership side Charlton Athletic FC, has retired from football at the age of 33. His last club was Gillingham FC but he has cancelled his contract after persistent hamstring trouble.US Lecce forward Cedric Konan has renewed his contract with the Serie A side until 2007. The 21-year-old Ivory Coast international is currently playing his fifth consecutive season at the Via del Mare stadium. Last season he scored six goals in 32 games but he has made only two appearances so far this term.
Polish international defender Marcin Kus has had his KSP Polonia Warszawa contract terminated by the Polish Football Federation (PZPN), who had been called in to settle his dispute with the club. The 23-year-old claimed Polonia had refused to pick him following his recovery from a knee injury suffered in a trial at Hannover 96 last year. He also said that he had been asked to waive money owed to him by the club - who denied Kus's version of events. The PZPN did not reveal if they accepted Kus's reasons, but declared that he was now a free agent.
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