Sporting briefs

Lukaku: Romelu Lukaku is in line to return to the Everton team for tomorrow’s Premier League trip to Bournemouth. The striker missed Tuesday’s League Cup defeat by Norwich with a toe injury but manager Ronald Koeman is optimistic he will be fit. The Dutchman said: “He did training, separate to the group and we expect him to train normally tomorrow (today). If that happens then he is fit for the weekend.”

Biglia: Lucas Biglia is expected to be available for Lazio ahead of the league match against Empoli after skipping the midweek fixture at Milan due to injury. Biglia, the captain, was down with calf trouble but told reporters he’s now ready for a return. “I’ll be there on Sunday… I can’t wait to be back,” Biglia said. Lazio slipped to ninth place in Serie A following a 2-0 upset to Milan at the San Siro on Tuesday.

Busquets: Sergio Busquets plans to spend the rest of his career with Barcelona after signing a new contract until at least 2021. As had been previewed by the club on Wednesday, the Spain midfielder yesterday put pen to paper on a five-year extension with the option for a further two depending on appearances. He told the club’s website: “My dream is to retire at the club. I really want to be associated with Barca all my life.”

Rose: Danny Rose is looking forward to growing old with Tottenham after signing a new five-year contract. The 26-year-old left-back, who has committed his future to Spurs until 2021, moved to White Hart Lane from Leeds nine years ago and has since made 93 league appearances, scoring seven goals.

Schmeicel: Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has suffered an injury scare and is a doubt for the trip to Manchester United. The 29-year-old has a muscle strain after missing the last two games with concussion and was forced out of training yesterday. Ron-Robert Zieler has deputised for the Denmark international in their 3-0 league win over Burnley and Tuesday’s 4-2 extra-time League Cup defeat to Chelsea.

In Scotland: League Cup QF – Aberdeen vs St Johnstone 1-0.

La Liga: Deportivo vs Leganes 1-2; Osasuna vs Espanyol 1-2.


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