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Melbourne Victory captain Carl Valeri to miss Wellington game in A-League

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Carl Valeri will not take to the field against the Wellington Phoenix on Monday.

Melbourne Victory skipper Carl Valeri has been ruled out of the club's A-League match with the Wellington Phoenix on Monday night.

Soreness will stop Valeri, 32, from lining up on the now-traditional Melbourne Cup eve match at Etihad Stadium.

New signing Max Beister, who was unveiled earlier on Thursday, will also miss out on the extended 18-man squad as he acclimatises to his new surroundings.

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But James Troisi could make a return to action just three weeks after breaking his collarbone.

The Socceroos...

Sydney FC's David Carney ready to face former club Newcastle Jets

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson preview the upcoming A-League matches. Can Sydney FC continue their strong start?

David Carney is admittedly unsure what type of reception awaits him in Newcastle.

It's been nearly nine months since Sydney FC's veteran winger wrapped up an eventful A-League stint with the Newcastle Jets in the Hunter.

Within two years there, Carney was everything from returned Socceroos star, to club outcast late in Nathan Tinkler's turbulent reign and, finally, reawakened fan favourite under former coach Scott Miller.

Now he's excited to be heading back there for Saturday's clash between two...

Sydney FC's Alex Brosque has a few more A-League seasons in him - Arnold

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson preview the upcoming A-League matches. Can Sydney FC continue their strong start?

The career of Sydney FC skipper Alex Brosque still has two or three A-League seasons to run, according to coach Graham Arnold.

Little over six months ago thoughts of retirement crept into Brosque's mind as he struggled with a serious hamstring injury.

Now recovered from career-saving surgery, Arnold said the 33-year-old was simply too talented to play only off the bench.

Brosque played his first full 90 minutes last week in Sydney's FFA Cup semifinal win over Canberra Olympic, but has been used...

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Neymar happy to be playing alongside 'idol' Messi at Barcelona - father

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti breaks down the details of Neymar's lucrative new five-year contract with Barcelona.
Brazil head coach Ttie rates Ronaldo and Neymar very highly, but says they still don't compare to Messi's quality.
Alejandro Moreno and Mark Donaldson wonder if Neymar is better off at Barcelona or leaving the shadow of Lionel Messi.

Neymar's father says Lionel Messi is the reason his son is at Barcelona, and confirmed the Argentine superstar as "the idol" to his Brazilian teammate.

Neymar joined Barcelona from Santos in the summer of 2013, and almost immediately formed a lethal partnership with the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, helping the Catalan to two La Liga titles, a Champions League and Club World Cup crown thus far.

The Brazil No. 10 last week signed a contract extension that will keep him at the Camp Nou into 2021....

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Neymar unfairly blamed for bottle-throwing incident at Valencia - Rafinha

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe explains why the bottle-toss fiasco during Barcelona's match at Valencia has caused a rift in Spain.
Josep Maria Bartomeu says comments made by Javier Tebas after the bottle incident in Valencia could cause tension.

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha has defended Neymar in the wake of criticism for his role in a late game incident between Barca players and Valencia fans in the Blaugrana's 3-2 away win on Saturday.

A bottle was thrown onto the pitch at Mestalla as Barca celebrated Lionel Messi's stoppage-time winner from the penalty spot in front of the home supporters. Neymar and Luis Suarez were both hit by objects and fell to the pitch, leading Messi to confront the fans and pump his fist.

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After the match, Javier...

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche wants end to Andre Gray furore

Andre Gray is set to return from his month-long suspension.

Sean Dyche hopes returning Burnley striker Andre Gray will be allowed to move on from the ill-judged social media posts that earned him a four-game ban.

Gray will be back on duty against Manchester United on Saturday for the first time since September 17, having been suspended for a series of offensive - and in one case homophobic - tweets dating back to 2012.

The 25-year-old has apologised for sending the messages, which appeared during his time with non-league Hinckley United, and stressed he...