Europa League: Bruno Fernandes is shaping up to be a very astute January signing for Manchester United and was on the scoresheet again as they walloped Club Brugge at Old Trafford to go through 6-1 on aggregate. Over to you Jamie Jackson …
Europa League: Wolves ensured they’d be in the last 16 tombola for today’s draw by finishing the job against Espanyol that they started so emphatically at Molineux last week. Sid Lowe saw Nuno Espirito Santo’s side lose on the night at the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, but breeze through 6-3 on aggregate.
Europa League: Celtic joined Arsenal in crashing out of the tournament, their manager Neil Lennon declaring he and his side “shot ourselves in the foot” as they were put to the sword by Copenhagen. Ewan Murray was there …
Europa League: In case you missed it last night, Olympiacos supporters created one hell of a din at the Emirates last night, getting fully behind their team and making far more noise than the home fans as the Greek side eliminated Arsenal from the Europa League. Nick Ames was there for the Guardian.
Newcastle news: No end of Newcastle United players and coaching staff could be left hanging should they forget their club has introduced a training ground handshake ban in an attempt to guard against the spread of the Coronavirus.
The club has put a stop to a morning ritual of players and staff shaking hands each morning as fears over the spread of the disease increase. “There’s a ritual here that everybody shakes hands with everybody as soon as we see each other every morning – we’ve stopped that on the advice of the docto,” said Steve Bruce. “We’re like everybody else. Thankfully, we’ve got a superb doctor here and he will keep us informed of what we have to do.
We’re like everybody else, we’re glued to the TV for where it’s going to go next and let’s hope it doesn’t get any worse in this country.”
Asked if he had known anything like it in the past, Bruce added: “No, not a all. Look, in confined areas like we’ve got here … there was a time over Christmas when if there’s a virus knocking around – which is not Coronoavirus – then you have to be careful so we’re a bit mindful of it, the fact that a bug can sweep through. “We had four or five at Christmas and two of my staff, so you stay at home, basically. But it’s always something you’re looking at.”
Something for the weekend …
Ahead of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final and another busy weekend of Premier League action, we’re here to bring you all the football news that’s fit to print – and much more that isn’t – as various managers pitch up to training ground media rooms to face a barrage of interrogatory projectiles from the journalists they respect and admire so much.
Away from “pressers” we’ll bring you any other matters of interest (warning: may not be of interest to everyone) that crop up as the day meanders by, before your footballing weekend gets under way when Norwich attempt to get back to winning ways when they host Leicester City tonight.