knockout round of the Champions League:
DEPORTIVO CORUNA v JUVENTUS
Goalkeeper Jose Molina and holding midfielder Mauro Silva sat out
training on Monday as a precaution but both should be fit for
Albert Luque walked out of that training session early after a heated
conversation with Javier Irureta but the coach played down the
incident and the Spanish international forward should play in a
left-sided attacking role, behind Diego Tristan.
Juventus coach Marcello Lippi is hoping to have French striker David
Trezeguet back to fitness after the former Monaco forward missed
Sunday's 1-0 Serie A win at Bologna with a thigh strain.
Lippi has all his squad avaliable, except for the injured Croatian
Igor Tudor, so Trezeguet will almost certainly partner Alessandro Del
Piero in attack with Marco Di Vaio dropping to the bench.
In central midfield Alessio Tacchinardi and Ghanaian Stephen Appiah
are favourites to start. Nicola Legrottaglie is set to partner Paolo
Montero in the centre of defence with the experienced Ciro Ferrara
starting among the substitutes.
Deportivo Coruna: 1-Jose Molina; 12-Lionel Scaloni, 14-Jorge Andrade,
4-Noureddine Naybet, 3-Enrique Romero; 18-Victor, 6-Mauro Silva,
8-Sergio, 19-Albert Luque, 21-Juan Carlos Valeron; 9-Diego Tristan
Juventus: 1-Gianluigi Buffon; 21-Lilian Thuram, 23-Nicola
Legrottaglie, 4-Paolo Montero, 19-Gianluca Zambrotta; 16-Mauro
Camoranesi, 3-Alessio Tacchinardi, 18-Stephen Appiah, 11-Pavel Nedved;
10-Alessandro Del Piero, 17-David Trezeguet.
Referee: Gilles Veissiere (France)
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PORTO v MANCHESTER UNITED
Porto wingers Sergio Conceicao and Brazilian Maciel Cunha are
ineligible and will be replaced by Carlos Alberto and Edgaras
Midfielder Maniche Ribeiro (ankle) is doubtful but in the squad.
Francisco Costinha is suspended so Russian Dmitri Alenichev steps in.
Winger Cesar Peixoto, Brazilian striker Derlei Silva and midfielder
Marco Ferreira are out injured.
"We're going to face the game with courage and joy," said coach Jose
Mourinho whose team are seven points clear at the top of the
Manchester United have run into further defensive problems with
Frenchman Mikael Silvestre out for three weeks with an ankle injury.
Manager Alex Ferguson is already without suspended centre back Rio
Ferdinand, while Wes Brown is not yet back to his best following a
long injury absence.
Captain Roy Keane is set to start in the centre of defence alongside
John O'Shea. In attack striker Louis Saha is expected to recover from
a calf injury to make his Champions League debut.
Porto: 99-Vitor Baia; 22-Paulo Ferreira, 2-Jorge Costa, 4-Ricardo
Carvalho, 8-Nuno Valente; 15-Dmitri Alenichev, 23-Pedro Mendes,
10-Deco Souza, 19-Carlos Alberto, 77-Benni McCarthy, 9-Edgaras
Manchester United: 14-Tim Howard, 2-Gary Neville, 16-Roy Keane,
22-John O'Shea, 25-Quinton Fortune (Ronaldo); 8-Nicky Butt, 3-Phil
Neville, 18-Paul Scholes, 11-Ryan Giggs; 9-Louis Saha, 10-Ruud van
Herbert Fandel (Germany)
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REAL SOCIEDAD v OLYMPIQUE LYON
Real Sociedad coach Raynald Denoueix will make a late decision on the
fitness of former Russian international midfielder Valery Karpin, who
has a troublesome right muscle strain.
South Korea's Lee Chun-soo is likely to step in if Karpin does not
recover in time after being drafted into the 'first' team during
training on Monday.
Denoueix will have to decide whether to play both Darko Kovacevic and
Nihat Kahveci in attack, or to drop one of his two strikers to beef up
Olympique Lyon, second in Ligue 1 four points adrift of leaders Monaco
after beating Le Mans 2-0 on Saturday, will be without captain Claudio
Cacapa who has a knee injury that may have ended his season.
Switzerland's Patrick Mueller will deputise for Cacapa alongside
Brazilian Edmilson in defence as Lyon bid to reach the Champions
League quarter-finals for the first time.
Up front they will look to in-form Sidney Govou who scored in France's
2-0 victory against Belgium last week and netted the second goal in
the win over Le Mans.
Real Sociedad: 25-Sander Westerveld; 14-Aitor Lopez Rekarte, 7-Igor
Jauregi, 6-Gabriel Schurrer, 3-Agustin Aranzabal; 4-Xabi Alonso,
18-Bittor Alkiza, 19-Lee Chun-soo, 17-Igor Gabilondo; 9-Darko
Kovacevic, 15-Nihat Kahveci
Olympique Lyon: 1-Gregory Coupet; 2-Eric Deflandre, 20-Patrick
Mueller, 3-Edmilson, 12-Anthony Reveillere; 7-Mahamadou Diarra,
4-Mickael Essien, 8-Juninho Pernambucano, 11-Florent Malouda or
10-Eric Carriere; 14-Sidney Govou, 18-Peguy Luyindula
Referee: Massimo De Santis (Italy)
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VFB STUTTGART v CHELSEA
VfB Stuttgart have no major injury worries but cannot field new Swiss
signings Hakan Yakin and Marco Streller who are ineligible.
They warmed up in poor fashion with a 1-0 Bundesliga defeat at lowly
Kaiserslautern on Saturday that left them 10 points behind leaders
Stuttgart won their three home games in the opening phase of the
Champions League, including a 2-1 victory over Manchester United.
Under pressure Chelsea coach Claudio Ranieri may recall Ireland winger
Damien Duff following his dislocated shoulder and Achilles problem.
Midfielders Juan Sebastian Veron (back) and Emmanuel Petit (knee) are
still out but Argentina striker Hernan Crespo, who missed Chelsea's
league defeat by Arsenal on Saturday with a high temperature, should
Goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini (groin) is struggling to be ready for a
match which is a repeat of the 1998 European Cup Winners' Cup final in
Stockholm won 1-0 by Chelsea.
VfB Stuttgart: 1-Timo Hildebrand; 2-Andreas Hinkel, 3-Boris Zivkovic,
5-Marcelo Bordon, 21-Philipp Lahm; 6-Fernando Meira, 20-Zvonimir
Soldo, 7-Silvio Meissner, 15-Alexander Gleb; 22-Kevin Kuranyi, 19-Imre
Chelsea: 34-Neil Sullivan; 15-Mario Melchiot, 13-William Gallas,
26-John Terry, 18-Wayne Bridge; 30-Jesper Gronkjaer or 11-Damien Duff,
4-Claude Makelele, 8-Frank Lampard, 14-Geremi; 21-Hernan Crespo or
9-Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, 7-Adrian Mutu
Referee: Kyros Vassaras (Greece)