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Summary

  1. FA charge Wigan chairman Whelan
  2. Brazil legend Pele in special care unit
  3. Arsenal's Jack Wilshere out for three months
  4. Twelvetrees in as England move Farrell to bench
  5. GET INVOLVED: How much will Arsenal miss Wilshere? #bbcsportsday

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By Neil Johnston and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

There will be more on that Ronnie O'Sullivan story on the BBC Sport website later. There is also

live text commentary on tonight's Europa League games featuring Everton, Tottenham and Celtic, while we will continue our
live page with tributes and reaction following the tragic death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes. Thanks for your company and Sportsday Live will be back on Friday. Until then...

O'Sullivan breaks his ankle

Five-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan breaks his ankle while running and says he may have to pull out of the UK Championship which is under way in York.

Vermaelen out for up to six months

Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen, 29, could miss the rest of the season through injury after the Spanish club announced he is to undergo surgery next Tuesday in Finland. A

Barcelona statement reads: "The estimated recovery time is four to six months."

Belgium international Vermaelen, who has suffered problems with his right hamstring, has yet to play a competitive game for his new club since joining for £15m. He was injured in Belguim's meeting with Russia at the Brazil World Cup five months ago.

Irvine surprised by Berahino arrest

West Brom head coach Alan Irvine says he only discovered striker Saido Berahino's

arrest for alleged drink driving at the last minute. Irvine was watching Aston Villa against Southampton on Monday when he was told the news by a club official.

Berahino, Albion's eight-goal top scorer and a recent England squad member, was stopped by police on the M6 in Cheshire last month.

Irvine says: "The phone call was a shock, but then of course we don't know all the circumstances and the details of the investigation. Until then I can't actually make any kind of decision one way or another. I haven't spoken to him about the investigation because I don't think that's anything to do with me."

Spurs can reach Champions League - Eriksen

Tottenham v Partizan Belgrade (20:05 GMT)

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen
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Tottenham might be languishing 10th in the Premier League table but midfielder Christian Eriksen is confident they can qualify for the Champions League this season.

Spurs are two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United yet Eriksen believes the London club can also qualify for the Europe's most prestigious club competition by winning this season's Europa League. Tottenham will advance to the knockout stages if they defeat Partizan Belgrade, bottom of Group C, at White Hart Lane later.

"The possibility of Champions League qualification does make the Europa League feel more important when you are there," says Denmark international Eriksen, 22. "Right now, it is just about qualifying and getting to the next game."

Preston sign Fewster

League One Preston

complete the signing of England Under-19 striker Bradley Fewster on loan from Championship club Middlesbrough until the end of the season.

Rotherham bring in defender Wootton

Football

It is deadline day for loans for Football League clubs and following the earlier arrival of Leicester forward Tom Lawrence, Rotherham United have now brought in

Leeds defender Scott Wootton on loan. The 23-year-old has played four times for Leeds this season. He has joined the Millers until 10 January.

Team news

Wolfsburg v Everton (18:00 GMT)

Everton team to face Wolfsburg: Howard, Hibbert, Garbutt, Jagielka, Distin, Besic, McCarthy, McGeady, Mirallas, Eto'o, Lukaku. Subs: Joel, Kone, Atsu, Osman, Coleman, Browning, Barkley.

Point to prove?

Wolfsburg v Everton (18:00 GMT)

Wolfsburg forward Nicklas Bendtner
AP

Wolfsburg's former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner will be extra-motivated to do well aganst Everton in the Europa League later because he is facing English opponents, according to the German club's manager.

Dieter Hecking says the 26-year-old Denmark international, who moved to Germany in the summer, may feel he has a point to prove after falling out of favour at the Emirates.

Hecking adds: "If that is his motivation, then I am expecting he will be on fire, yes." Bendtner has scored five goals in his last four appearances for club and country. Everton will advance to the knockout stages if they win in Germany.

Portsmouth duo in loan moves

Portsmouth forwards Patrick Agyemang, 34, and Bradley Tarbuck, 19,

join League Two rivals Dagenham and Redbridge and Conference side Dartford respectively on loan until early January.

Villa missing Benteke and Delph

Burnley v Aston Villa (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Former Aston Villa winger Steve Froggatt tells

BBC WM that he would rather see youngster Jack Grealish "given a go in the side" ahead of £9m winger Charles N'Zogbia.

Speaking in the aftermath of Villa's

1-1 home draw with Southampton on Monday, their second successive point after six straight defeats, Froggatt believes that Paul Lambert's side, now up to 16th in the Premier League, look "ordinary" without sidelined internationals Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke.

Following his red card in the 2-1 home defeat by Spurs, Belgium striker Benteke completes his three-match ban when Villa go to Burnley this Saturday, but England midfielder Delph is not due back until late December following shoulder surgery.

Pele in special care unit

Pele
AFP

Football legend Pele, 74, is being monitored in a special care unit at a Brazilian hospital for urinary infection. In a statement, the hospital said the three-time Brazil World Cup winner's health had deteriorated three days after he was admitted. The statement said Pele's health was being monitored closely. Earlier this month, he underwent surgery for kidney stones.

Coventry's Miller joins Crawley

Football

League One Crawley Town have signed Coventry City striker Shaun Miller

on loan until 28 December. The 27-year-old, who played for Sheffield United last season, has scored two goals in 12 appearances since joining the Sky Blues this summer.

Tranmere said no to Evans - Palios

Tranmere Rovers chairman Mark Palios claims to have turned down an approach from associates of Ched Evans about the possibility of the convicted rapist playing for the League Two club. "On two occasions persons with a connection with Ched Evans offered to facilitate a discussion if I wished to pursue that," said Palios, who took control of Tranmere in August along with his wife Nicola.

"Nicola and I are trying to re-establish the brand of Tranmere as a family-friendly club and bringing Ched Evans in would clearly have alienated a significant number of supporters."

FA charge Whelan

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan
PA

More on the Football Association charging Wigan owner Dave Whelan in relation to comments to the media. Whelan, who is also Wigan's owner,

said he would resign as chairman if he was found guilty by the FA.

The charge follows comments Whelan, 77, is alleged to have said in an interview following the appointment of Malky Mackay as manager.

Whelan had publicly apologised for his remarks in a newspaper interview while defending his decision to appoint Mackay. But he has denied making racist remarks and insists he was misquoted.

FA charge Whelan

The Football Association

release a statement announcing that they have charged Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan in relation to media comments.

The statement reads: "It is alleged the Wigan Athletic chairman breached FA Rule E3[1] in that his comments were abusive and/or insulting and/or constitute improper conduct and/or bring the game into disrepute.

"It is further alleged that this is an 'Aggravated Breach' as defined by FA Rule E3[2] as it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality and/or religion or belief. Mr Whelan has until 6pm on 5 December 2014 to respond to the charge."

FA charge Whelan

The Football Association announce they have charged Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan in relation to media comments.

Wolfsburg v Everton (18:00 GMT)

Everton
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Osman sets his sights on Euro glory

Wolfsburg v Everton (18:00 GMT)

Everton's Leon Osman
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Everton midfielder Leon Osman says lifting the Europa League is something the whole squad have set their sights on. The Toffees will qualify for the knockout stages if they win in Germany at Wolfsburg later.

Roberto Martinez's side are top of Group H with eight points from four games, with Wolfsburg one point behind.

Osman, 33, adds: "We are in the competition to try to win it. We spent a lot of last season trying to get into European competition and we managed to do it.

"Now we want to go as far as we can. We have made a reasonably good start and we're adapting quite well, so we're setting our sights high."

Murray wants Dearden at Mansfield

Football

Mansfield caretaker manager Adam Murray

wants former boss Billy Dearden to join his backroom staff if he gets the Stags job on a full-time basis.

The 33-year-old, who has won both matches since being put in charge

following Paul Cox's departure, played under Dearden at Notts County in 2003.

"He is passionate about this football club and he has more contacts than the Yellow Pages," Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham..

Whiley progresses into semi-finals

Tennis

Elizabeth Hudson

BBC Sport

"Britain's Jordanne Whiley has reached the semi-finals at the Wheelchair Tennis Singles Masters in London.

Jordanne Whiley
Tennis Foundation

"Whiley, the world number six, defeated fourth-ranked German Sabine Ellerbrock 6-3 7-5 in her second pool game on Thursday. It followed the Briton's win over her doubles partner and world number one Yui Kamiji on Wednesday.

"The 22-year-old, who became the first Briton to win a calendar year grand slam when she won at the US Open in September, faces Sharon Walraven of the Netherlands on Friday in her third pool game with the semi-finals on Saturday."

Bristol City sign Fulham's Smith

Football

League One leaders Bristol City have signed striker Matt Smith

on loan from Fulham until 25 January.

The 25-year-old joined Fulham from Leeds in August, for a reported £500,000, but has struggled for game time after being sent off on his debut against Reading.

Leicester rule out Heskey playing return

Football

So there will be no immediate return for Michu, and there is no coming back for another former Premier League striker.

Emile Heskey
Empics

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has ruled out the possibility of ex-England striker Emile Heskey returning to the Foxes as a player.

Heskey, 36, who scored 46 goals in 196 games for the Foxes between 1994 and 2000, said he would be

interested in signing for the club if approached.

But Pearson told BBC Radio Leicester: "You are reading a bit too much into it to suggest he would improve what we've got here at the minute."

Garry Monk news conference

Swansea v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Swansea manager Garry Monk dismisses speculation that Spanish forward Michu could return to the club in January.

Michu
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The 28-year-old, who has scored 20 Premier League goals in 52 appearances since joining the Swans in 2012, is currently on a season-long loan at Italian club Napoli, but has struggled to get in their first team.

"There's nothing happening about him coming back," says Monk. "He has made his decision in the summer that he wanted to move, albeit on loan, and try a different challenge.

"I have a great relationship with him and will always be supportive but in terms of this season I'm only dealing with the players we've got here."

'Preparing for Sunderland'

Sunderland v Chelsea (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

Thibaut Courtois
Thibaut Courtois

Gus Poyet may accept that Chelsea are better than Sunderland in many areas, but Jose Mourinho's goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, is still expecting a busy day on Saturday. He posts

pictures on Instagram of him preparing, with a Superman-style save in training

Gus Poyet news conference

Sunderland v Chelsea (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is in a realistic mood at his news conference as his side prepare to face Premier League leaders Chelsea on Saturday.

"It's a challenge to play against the best," says Poyet. "There are plenty of things that we know they are better than us in. They are physically and technically better than us, but we need to compete with the mental side and give a team performance.

"For us this is a special game. Without losing our shape or going crazy, we need to use the noise from our support the best we can.

"There are four or five teams that are above the rest and people are talking about a relegation battle between 13 teams."

Thumbs up from Jack

Football

Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere

Jack Wishere puts on a brave face as news the Arsenal and England midfielder will

miss the next three months sinks in. Arsenal announced earlier that the 22-year-old is unlikely to feature until March after having surgery on a damaged ankle.

Wilshere posted this picture from his hospital bed on his

instagram account with the message: "Ankle needed surgery in the end, went well thanks to the main man James Calder! Work hard for what you want because it won't come to you without a fight.

"You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticises you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive."

Blackpool complete second loan signing

Football

Blackpool have made their second loan signing of the day, with Crystal Palace midfielder

Stuart O'Keefe agreeing to join them until 1 January.

His arrival came after the Seasiders recruited defender Kevin Foley on loan from Wolves.

Nigel Pearson news conference

QPR v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is the latest Premier League manager to face the media before the weekend's matches.

Nigel Pearson
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He said: "QPR have simplified their game plan, and they have good players, but it's about what we do ourselves.

"If you look at the three sides that got promoted last year then clearly it has not been an easy baptism but we're all fighting very hard and have confidence in our squads, so it's an important game for us and for them.

"Last week's performance (in the 0-0 draw at Sunderland) was a lot more positive then we had been and we created opportunities so that gives us something to work on."

Ex-Wolves keeper Finlayson dies, aged 84

Football

Wolves announce the death of their former goalkeeper Malcolm Finlayson, at the age of 84.

He was part of Stan Cullis's Wolves team that won the Football League Championship in 1958 and 1959, and the FA Cup in 1960.

The Scotsman made 179 league appearances for the club after signing from Millwall for £3,000 in 1956, initially as cover for his predecessor as Wolves keeper, Bert Williams, who died earlier this year.

Oxlade-Chamberlain proud at milestone

Football

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
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Arsenal winger

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain writes on Instagram: Good performance from the boys last night and an important win for us. Proud to have made my 100th Arsenal appearance as well... Hopefully many more to come.

Arsenal beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 to qualify for the Champions League knockout phase.

Standing ovation for Carter

Snooker

World Snooker ‏on Twitter: Tremendous reception for Ali Carter when he came out for his first ranking event match since treatment for lung cancer. Standing ovation.

Meanwhile, Ronnie O'Sullivan is wearing a special shoe for his injured ankle and is hobbling, but is able to play.

O'Sullivan injured his ankle earlier this week while running.

Ashton support for Wilshere

Football

Ex-West Ham striker Dean Ashton, whose career was ruined by injury, sends a tweet to

injured Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, saying: Football can be cruel! @JackWilshere you know the routine! #graft

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Berahino still available for Baggies

West Brom v Arsenal (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino will continue to be selected while the current police and club investigation continues, following his arrest for drink-driving.

Saido Berahino
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Speaking at Thursday's news conference before Saturday lunchtime's meeting with Arsenal, Baggies boss Alan Irvine told BBC WM's Rob Gurney that Berahino was back in training following a tight hamstring.

Full-back Sebastien Pocognoli is also fit, but midfielder James Morrison (illness) remains doubtful for the Arsenal game.

O'Toole makes Southend loan switch

Football

Southend United have

signed Northampton Town midfielder John-Joe O'Toole on loan until 24 January.

The 26-year-old will be allowed to play against his parent club in Saturday's League Two game at Roots Hall and the return fixture on 3 January.

"If we didn't allow him to play then the deal may not have gone through," Cobblers boss Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton.

Alan Pardew news conference

West Ham v Newcastle (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Some more quotes from Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.

Newcastle
AFP

"It's a big week with three Premier League games in seven days so it's an important spell," says Pardew. "We've had a terrible run of injuries but kept the run going and the players have been phenomenal.

"It's difficult to calm them down, they're on fire and enjoying their football so we should be in a good place on Saturday.

"It has surprised me some of the football we have played. We've been really strong, really consistent and not given much away, so hopefully we can continue that."

Alan Pardew news conference

West Ham v Newcastle (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

More from Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, talking about his side's trip to Upton Park on Saturday.

"West Ham's a tough place to go," says Pardew. "There will be a tremendous atmosphere. They are on a great run and are in a tremendous position.

"I used to be manager at West Ham so I know that stadium better than most. They are just below us, one point, and probably did the best transfer business in the summer that took their team forward massively."

Potters hit by virus

Liverpool v Stoke (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Asmir Begovic
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Stoke City's plans for Saturday's game at Liverpool have been hit by a virus sweeping the squad. Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 27 and defender Geoff Cameron, 29, missed training, while full-back Phil Bardsley, 29, was sent home after also feeling ill.

"We're struggling at the moment with a little bit of a virus," said manager Mark Hughes. "It started with the Under-21s and we've had to close down their operation really and keep everyone away from the first team.

"Unfortunately, there's been a little bit of sickness in the senior squad this morning and two or three players have been sent back home."