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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Trending: Lionel Messi set for Barca return, Toni Kroos signs new contract

Here are the latest stories for Wednesday.

BARCELONA: Lionel Messi returned to training on Wednesday and is expected to make his comeback from a groin injury against Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday

REAL MADRIDLos Blancos have announced that midfielder Toni Kroos has signed a contract extension with the Liga giants until 2022.

- Authorities in Colombia have opened an investigation into an alleged death threat received by Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez and his mother.

LA LIGA: The first Clasico of the 2016-17 campaign between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be played on Dec. 3 at 4:15 p.m. CET, La Liga president Javier Tebas has announced, a kickoff time intended to compete directly with the Premier League in the Far East television market.

ENGLAND: Goalkeeper Joe Hart says he put in his best performance "in a while" as Gareth Southgate's side scraped a 0-0 draw away to Slovenia.

- Gareth Southgate acknowledged England could have done better following a goalless draw against Slovenia.

WCQ - UEFA: England needed a fine display from goalkeeper Joe Hart to scrape a goalless draw away to Slovenia, while Germany eased to victory a home to Northern irelandAzerbaijan continued their impressive unbeaten start to qualifying with a goalless draw away at Czech Republic, while Poland beat ArmeniaMontenegro moved to the top of Group E with a 1-0 win at Denmark. FULL REVIEW

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: Paraguay shocked Argentina in Cordoba, running out 1-0 winners, while Brazil made relatively short work of Venezuela. Colombia and Uruguay drew 2-2, as did Bolivia and Ecuador. Chile earned a huge 2-1 win against Peru. FULL REVIEW

URUGUAY: Luis Suarez said he was just tired, not injured, despite making some gestures on the pitch in Uruguay's World Cup qualifying draw vs. Colombia.

ARGENTINA: Argentina will remain the No. 1 nation when the new FIFA World Ranking is published on Oct. 20.

- Sergio Aguero has admitted he sometimes feels like a "bad player" when representing Argentina after missing a penalty during their 1-0 World Cup qualifying loss to Paraguay on Tuesday.

SCOTLAND: Gordon Strachan still believes Scotland can finish second in their 2018 World Cup qualifying group despite losing 3-0 in Slovakia.

PREMIER LEAGUE: The decision to appoint Anthony Taylor as the referee of Manchester United's match at Liverpool next Monday is "grossly unfair" on the official, according to former referees' chief Keith Hackett.

MAN UNITEDRyan Giggs believes his former Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney is "probably a bit confused" while transitioning into a new position.

- Manchester United's Class of '92 contained players who were a "slave army" to "control freak" Sir Alex Ferguson, according to the club's former youth player Mads Timm.

LIVERPOOL: Former director of football Damien Comolli believes he was sacked by the club's owners for "wasting money" on a young Jordan Henderson.

- Chief executive officer Ian Ayre has said it would cost over £60 million to redevelop the Anfield Road end of the ground.

ARSENAL: Werder Bremen captain Clemens Fritz has talked up a possible return for Arsenal's Per Mertesacker to the Bundesliga side.

JUVENTUS: Agent Mino Raiola has said he will do "everything possible" to move midfielder Blaise Matuidi from Paris Saint-Germain to Juventus in January.

ASTON VILLA: The Villans are set to name Steve Bruce as their new manager on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

UNITED STATES: Julian Green scored his second goal in two matches, before Monty Patterson's equaliser forced the United States to settle for a 1-1 draw in a friendly against New Zealand on Tuesday night.

- Jurgen Klinsmann said Julian Green left a "strong impression" on the U.S. national team coaches in camp and at a pair of friendlies over the last 10 days.

MEXICO: Mexico beat Panama 1-0 in a friendly at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois ahead of the start of CONCACAF Hexagonal qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

MLS: Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley says he will decide his future at the end of the season amid reports linking him to a return to Serie A.

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