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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Pahang's Zesh Rehman flays AFC Cup QF astroturf pitch in Tajikistan

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson discuss how Pahang and JDT fared in their respective AFC Cup quarterfinal matches.

Veteran Pahang utility player Zesh Rehman has slammed the use of synthetic pitches for AFC competitions after the 2015 Malaysia Super League (MSL) runners-up were thrashed 4-0 on a plastic surface in their AFC Cup quarterfinal this week.

Pahang were crushed by Tajikistan champions FC Istiklol in the away leg of their tie in Dushanbe on Wednesday night.

Former English Premier League defender Rehman claims that the Malaysian side were at a great disadvantage because the match was played on astroturf.


 By Kevin Palmer

Ander Herrera says Manchester United UCL title talk premature

The ESPN FC crew discuss their favourites in Group B which features Manchester United, VfL Wolfsburg, CSKA Moscow and PSV Eindhoven.

Ander Herrera believes it is too early to talk up Manchester United's hopes of winning the Champions League.

United eased into the group stages of Europe's elite competition with a comfortable 7-1 aggregate victory against Club Brugge and have been handed what appears to be a reasonably good draw in the next phase of the competition, with games against PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg offering Louis van Gaal's side a chance to progress to the knockout stages.


- Full Draw: Man City handed toughest group
- Marcotti: Tough draw for City, Barca | SPI predictions
- Group A: Real Madrid, PSG through | Group B: Man Utd top?
- Group C: Atletico top | Group D: Man City test
- Group E: Barca ease | Group F: Bayern, Arsenal
- Group G: Chelsea to cruise | Group H: Zenit upset?
- FC TV: Prem's chances | Rapid reax | Tables | Fixtures

Herrera, 26, made a positive...

 By PA Sport

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool steps up recovery programme

The ESPN FC crew discuss Mario Balotelli's statements regarding Brendan Rodgers' tactics during his time at Liverpool.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop responds to James Milner's comments that Liverpool "have closed the gap on the teams that finished in the top four positions in the Premier League."
Daniel Sturridge underwent an operation in the United States back in April.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge's recovery programme has been stepped up with the England international set to complete a full week of training.

The 25-year-old returned to Merseyside after spending most of the last four months in the United States, where he underwent an operation in April.

Sources tell Press Association Sport that Sturridge began training again at the club's Melwood base on Monday but he is currently working to an individual plan.

While that does involve some ball work, Sturridge...

 By PA Sport

Yannick Bolasie to play for Crystal Palace after father's death

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew hopes his side will perform better against Chelsea when they play each other this Saturday.

Yannick Bolasie has told manager Alan Pardew he is ready to return to the Crystal Palace team following the death of his father.

Bolasie missed last weekend's home victory against Aston Villa on compassionate grounds, travelling back to his home in DR Congo to be with his family.

The 26-year-old winger has returned to London and, according to Pardew, is in a "good frame of mind" and keen to play against Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday despite his difficult week.


 By PA Sport

Lewis Grabban suspended until Tuesday, boss Alex Neil confirms

Lewis Grabban, left, left the team without permission ahead of Norwich's Capital One Cup match against Rotherham.

Norwich boss Alex Neil confirmed striker Lewis Grabban has been suspended by the club until next Tuesday after leaving the team hotel without permission.

Grabban -- who has been the subject of three rejected bids from Bournemouth -- walked out prior to the midweek Capital One Cup win over Rotherham.

The 27-year-old will not be involved in the Canaries' Premier League trip to Southampton on Sunday, and his future beyond next week remains unclear.

Neil told a press conference: "Lewis Grabban is at...

 By Mike Whalley

Liverpool's Lazar Markovic set for Fenerbahce loan - sources

Lazar Markovic is set to play for Fenerbahce this season, sources say.

Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic is set to join Turkish club Fenerbahce on a season's loan, sources have told ESPN FC.

Manager Brendan Rodgers hopes the move will allow the 21-year-old to develop into a player capable of succeeding at Anfield, sources said.

Markovic does still have a first-team future at Liverpool, as the Anfield club are not looking to sell him.

The Serbia international has had a slow start to his career on Merseyside, but is seen as a long-term prospect by the Reds' manager.