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Ronaldo to Man Utd? Walcott to quit Arsenal FC? Malouda to leave Chelsea FC? Sunday’s back pages


The top stories making Sunday’s back pages in the UK…The Sun: The boot that caused Wayne Rooney to suffer a near-fatal injury is under investigation by the players’ union.

Also: England star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set for another shock rollicking from boss Roy Hodgson today.

Sunday Mirror: Sir Alex Ferguson will ask Manchester United to pay whatever it takes to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.

Also: Manchester United winger Nani is threatening to run down his contract before leaving for free.

The People: Roy Hodgson will hand Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a rollicking today ahead of the World Cup qualifier with Ukraine at Wembley on Tuesday night.

Also: Anton Ferdinand is expected to snub John Terry’s handshake when the Chelsea skipper returns to Loftus Road on Saturday.

Daily Star Sunday: Manchester City are set for showdown talks with Argentina over the fitness of £38million striker Sergio Aguero.

Mail on Sunday: Wayne Rooney has revealed the horrific injury that ruled him out of the start of England’s World Cup qualifying campaign came within a millimetre of ending his career.

Also: Real Madrid are preparing a joint statement with Cristiano Ronaldo that should put an end, at least temporarily, to the uncertainty over his future.

And: Chelsea outcast Florent Malouda looks set for a move back to Lyon in January after the French club’s president confirmed they were interested in the winger’s services.

Sunday Express: John Terry is likely to miss England’s Wembley World Cup qualifier against Ukraine on Tuesday night – and Saturday’s potential powder-keg clash between Chelsea and QPR.

Metro: Spartak Moscow are reportedly planning to test Arsenal’s resolve to hang on to Theo Walcott by making a bid for him in the winter transfer window.

Also: England boss Roy Hodgson faces a nervous wait to see if defender John Terry will win his race to be fit for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.

And: Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has revealed his fitness problems reached the stage where he developed a real fear of getting injured if he went on to the field.

Sunday Telegraph: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will today be given an insight into what is expected of him as an England international with Roy Hodgson suggesting he is going to deliver a dressing down to the teenager.

Also: Liverpool are to announce the creation of a “technical committee” of “football people” in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the transfer deadline day debacle that led to the club allowing Andy Carroll to go out on loan without a replacement striker being signed.

The Observer: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will play a first competitive match at Wembley on Tuesday having received a stern, if timely, reminder from Roy Hodgson not to allow his recent high standards to slip.

The Independent on Sunday: The curious international career of Tom Cleverley is only two caps old but already it could be argued that the 23-year-old has come to epitomise a modern phenomenon in English football: he has established himself in the England team without quite having done so with his club side, Manchester United.


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Ian Horne
Ian goes back to the very early days of CrunchSports, having been tirelessly covering soccer for us for over 10 years.

Ian goes back to the very early days of CrunchSports, having been tirelessly covering soccer for us for over 10 years.

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