Barcelona’s Neymar Jr has a minor groin strain, as had already been diagnosed on Tuesday. The Brazilian’s presence in the next few matches will depend on how the injury progresses. The player suffered the injury during the training session at the BayArena prior to the Champions League match with Bayer Leverkusen. Neymar is top scorer in La Liga with 14 goals.
Liberia FA president Musa Bility is to appeal against FIFA’s decision to prevent him from standing in its presidential election in February. Bility failed an integrity check carried out by the ethics commission of world football’s governing body. He is appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to allow him to stand in the election and a hearing could take place before Christmas. Bility was given a six-month ban from all football activities in 2013. The ban was imposed by the Confederation of African Football for using confidential documents from the governing body in a legal challenge against its president, Issa Hayatou. Bility said in November he had been informed by FIFA that his candidacy was “principally rejected” because of the ban. He would have been the sole contestant from Africa.
Former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu looks to be pulling no punches in his assessment of the predicament the Blues and manager Jose Mourinho currenrly find themselves. “He [Mourinho] has been a great coach in the past, but as a person, he is fake.” says Mutu. “He only looks after himself, and has no consideration for how his players are feeling and thinking. You could not go and talk to him. “As a coach, he is finished. There is no way back for him. How do you come back from something like this [current form]?” Mutu was sacked by the Blues in 2004 after testing positive for cocaine.