Liverpool looks to advance today, Bridge quits England

25 Feb

Liverpool holds a slim 1-0 lead over Unirea Urziceni going into the second leg of the Europa League round of 32.  The Reds put on a lackluster performance against Manchester City at the weekend and will look to improve on that by, ya know, scoring (preferably more than once).  In injury related news, Fernando Torres made a substitute appearance on Sunday after missing a little over a month with a knee injury.  He’ll likely be in the same type of role today as he is not fit enough to get the start.  Yossi Benayoun also made his return from a broken rib in Sunday’s match and could push for a starting role.  The winner of today’s match will face either Lille or Fenerbahçe.  Lille won the first leg in France, 2-1.

In other football news, Wayne Bridge has removed himself from consideration for the England squad.  After the Terry affair, Bridge has said that staying with the team could cause more problems down the road.  It’s unfortunate that it has come to this, especially since Bridge would be a likely starter at left back after an injury to Ashley Cole and was pretty much a lock to make the World Cup squad.  England manager Fabio Capello is now without his top two left backs and will need to find a suitable replacement as Cole’s fitness after returning from a broken ankle could be a question.

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