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captain Nemanja Vidic was briefly
hospitalised after being concussed
during Sunday s Premier League game
The Serbian defender left the field
shortly before halftime of the 1--0 vic-
tory after colliding with United goal-
keeper David de Gea.
Vidic was sent to a hospital for exam-
ination, and United said yesterday that
the player had been released the pre-
Vidic is not due to play again until
November 24 when United plays
Vidic released from hospital
MILAN---Portions of the Juventus
Stadium will be closed to fans for the
club s next two home matches as pun-
ishment for insulting territorial chants
in Sunday s 3--0 win over Napoli.
The Serie A judge made the decision
The southern end of the stadium will
be closed against both Udinese on
December 1 and Sassuolo on December
14 while the northern curve will be
closed only against Udinese.
Juventus has been repeatedly pun-
ished for unruly fan behaviour this sea-
son, and several other top-division clubs
have faced similar punishment.
Juventus was also fined €50,000
($67,000) and Napoli was fined the
same amount for objects thrown by its
Parts of Juve Stadium
closed for chants
probably won t play football again
Barcelona said Monday that the
four-time world player of the year
has another leg injury, his third of
the season, and this time needs
six to eight weeks to recover. That
would rule Messi out until about
Christmas, when the Spanish
league takes its annual winter
The Argentina forward sustained
a left hamstring tear Sunday in
Barcelona s 4--1 victory at Real
Betis, the latest setback for a player
whose career had been largely
injury free until this year.
He struggled with a hamstring
problem toward the end of last
season as well, and Barcelona
struggled without him. This sea-
son, the 26-year-old forward hurt
his left thigh in August and then
was sidelined for three weeks with
a small muscle tear in his right
thigh sustained in late September.
It s reason for concern for both
Barcelona and Argentina, whose
hopes of winning next summer s
World Cup largely rest on having
a fit Messi.
"It s worrying when a player
injures himself in the same place,"
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella
said after dropping Messi from the
South Americans friendlies against
Ecuador and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
"Being injured so near the World
Cup could be influential."
Barcelona leads the Spanish
league but will now be without
Messi for up to eight games,
including its last two Champions
League group games against Ajax
and Celtic, four Spanish League
matches and the two legs of the
Copa del Rey s round of 32.
Despite his many injury prob-
lems this season, Messi has scored
14 goals in 16 games. But he
endured a four-game scoreless
streak in the league, an eternity
by his standards, and he hasn t
had his usual burst of speed when
playing less than fully fit.
"Messi needs to stop and take
care of himself," Barcelona team-
mate Cesc Fabregas said. "I also
went through a very bad year-and-
a-half at Arsenal because of the
same injury. I hope he recovers,
and that he takes all the time he
needs to make sure he s well."
Barcelona also said Fabregas had
injured his right knee in Sunday s
game, and will miss Spain s
upcoming friendlies against Equa-
torial Guinea and South Africa.
Barcelona teammate Marc Bartra
was called up to replace Fabregas
for the friendlies to be played on
Saturday and next week. (AP)
Messi set to
miss rest of year
has long been considered sports roy-
alty in Sweden. Like the country s real
king, he s now even getting his own
The Swedish postal service said yes-
terday it will introduce a stamp fea-
turing Ibrahimovic on March 27.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker, who
is nominated for the Puskas goal of the
year award for his bicycle kick against
England, said he was honoured by the
stamp. He said he "gets mainly bills
and they usually don t have nice stamps,
but maybe that will change now."
The 32-year-old was the French
league s top scorer last year. On Friday,
he will spearhead Sweden s attack in
the World Cup playoff against Portugal.
Ibrahimovic gets postal stamp
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