Edin Dzeko could be out for three weeks
Edin Dzeko could be out for up to three weeks because of a “very serious calf injury” and the striker may miss three matches for the champions. Dzeko lasted only four minutes of Manchester City’s 2-2 draw at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, having come on as a second-half substitute. Dzeko’s club captain, Vincent Kompany, may be available for Belgium’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales in Brussels on Sunday, with the centre-half’s calf injury being evaluated on a day-to-day basis. Jamie Jackson
Liverpool set to offer Steven Gerrard one-year-deal
Formal contract talks with Steven Gerrard’s representatives will begin later this week as Liverpool seek to extend the captain’s Anfield career. The 34-year-old is out of contract at the end of this season and free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club from January. There has been uncertainty over Gerrard’s future, with the former England captain revealing last month that Liverpool had not made an approach despite manager Brendan Rodgers having said an extension was a formality. Andy Hunter
Cesc Fàbregas’s fitness to be assessed by Spain
Spain are to assess Cesc Fàbregas’s fitness and decide whether he will be able to link up with their squad, with reports suggesting the Chelsea midfielder could be out for three weeks. Fàbregas played the whole of Chelsea’s 2-1 Premier League victory over Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday but José Mourinho admitted afterwards he had taken a gamble with the 27-year-old’s hamstring problem.
Meanwhile, Oscar has signed a new contract at Chelsea, keeping him at the club until 2019. The 23-year-old joined Chelsea from Internacional in 2012 and has scored four goals for the league leaders this season.
“I love playing for Chelsea and living in England,” he said. “I have enjoyed playing here for two years, and now I have five more, so I am very happy.” Staff