Tuesday 15 January 2013
Wigan Athletic defender Ivan Ramis has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury during the 1-1 draw against Fulham in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.
Scans found that the 28-year-old Spaniard, who has played 14 Barclays Premier League matches, scoring twice, ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee but after surgery it is expected that he should be ready to return in time for the start of next season.
“Nothing can disguise the fact this is a massive blow because Ivan is a key member of the group but we are relieved that the injury is not a severe as we feared it could have been,” said Wigan manager Roberto Martninez.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has had the red card he was awarded against Arsenal on Sunday rescinded. This means that the defender is clear to play in City’s next fixture, the Barclays Premier League match at home to Fulham.
Chelsea have announced that they will host the next friendly international between Brazil and Fabio Capello’s Russia in March. Stamford Bridge will stage the match on 25 March, kicking- off at 7.30pm where Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will return to Chelsea, where he was manager during the 2008/09 season.
“The game against Russia will be very important in order to prepare Brazil's national team for the Confederations Cup in 2013 and the World Cup in 2014,” Scolari said. “Russia is a strong opponent and it is traditionally hard to play against them.
“Going to London is a great joy. It will be an opportunity to thank the Chelsea's fans for the affection and the great interaction I had with them.”
Stamford Bridge has hosted four internationals but this will be the first since 1946 when England beat Switzerland 4-1.