Rooney Injured, To Miss England vs. Spain Friendly

Wayne Rooney Injured, To Miss England vs. Spain FriendlyLiverpool midfielder, Jordan Henderson will captain England against Spain on Tuesday, with Wayne Rooney injured.

Wayne Rooney and left back Ryan Bertrand are injury doubts for the year-ending friendly as they were the only players absent from training on the eve of the meeting with Spain at Wembley.

Having started the previous game – a 0-0 draw away to Slovenia – on the bench, forward Rooney returned to lead the side in Friday’s World Cup qualifying win over Scotland.

He then missed training with a knee injury on Monday and later pulled out of the squad.

“Both are being assessed. They had minor issues this morning, so we’ll have a look at them as the game goes on,” said interim manager, Gareth Southgate, on Monday.

“Obviously, they weren’t able to train, so they must be a doubt, but until we look at them we won’t know for sure.”

Henderson, 26, captained England in their 0-0 draw in Slovenia in October when Rooney was dropped to the bench.

“I don’t think we can have just one captain,” Southgate said.

“We have several leaders. Too much responsibility has been on Wayne – we need to share that. Once you have a team of those leaders you can have a lot of success.”

Tottenham striker, Harry Kane will also not feature against Spain, having been released from the squad over the weekend as he recovers from injury.

The 23-year-old damaged an ankle against Sunderland on 18 September and only returned for 73 minutes of action against Arsenal on 6 November before joining up with the England squad.

He was an unused substitute for the 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley.

Barca In Search Of Interim Manager After Vilanova Health Scare

Tito Vilanova the new Barcelona coach may have to step down for an interim manager to takeover after suffering a relapse of a tumour he had removed just last year.

The report came from Barcelona FC website that the search for an interim manager is on after Vilanova’s health scare.

Tito underwent surgery in November of last year to remove a growth on his parotid gland. The parotid gland is a salivary gland in humans. It is one of a pair, and the largest of the salivary glands.

The tumour is thought to have reappeared and now FC Barcelona is desperately searching for an interim manager to temporary replace the 44 year old Vilanova.

Barca is an amazing 9 points clear of their nearest rival who is Atletico Madrid who they beat by 4 goals to 1 last Sunday. Tito Vilanova took over from Pep Guardiola last summer and has had a terrific run this season so far.

Messi, Puyol and Xavi have all renewed their contracts and therefore will make Barca a force to be reckoned with in the future. Leo Messi has renewed until 2018 while Carles Puyol and Xavi Hernandez have both penned a deal until 2016.

FC Barcelona released a statement this morning announcing they had suspended all media activities for today but did not go into details. They also confirmed that a further announcement would be made later on today.

The statement read: “Barcelona announces that it is has suspended the press conference from president Sandro Rosell planned for midday. As well as that, the media Christmas lunch has been cancelled.

“Later today the club will issue a further release. Until that time we will not make any announcement about this matter.

“We regret any inconvenience this decision may cause.”