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Monday, November 05, 2007

Schalke 04's Kuranyi to miss clash against Chelsea FC


FC Schalke 04 most important frontman, Kevin Kuranyi, might miss Tuesday's UEFA Champions League visit of Chelsea FC due a thigh strain. In the other side, the British team will travel without Paulo Ferreira after the full-back was ruled out for six weeks with an ankle injury.

Indeed, Kuranyi took a knock during Friday night’s 1-0 defeat at FC Energie Cottbus and was replaced after 65 minutes. "He pulled the muscle in his thigh. It might even be torn," said Schalke boss Mirko Slomka. Ferreira, meanwhile, strained ankle ligaments during a League Cup victory on Wednesday and did not feature in today's 2-0 victory at Wigan Athletic FC. Manager Avram Grant expressed: "I'm sure Paulo Ferreira is not available and will be out for five to six weeks. We are short; however, we have a big squad and we have good footballers to replace him."

Dynamo Kyiv coach to miss game against Manchester Utd. due to heart problems

According to official medical reports, FC Dynamo Kyiv coach, József Szabó, is suffering from heart problems. The team will be led by assistant coach Oleh Luzhny for their UEFA Champions League trip to Manchester United FC on Wednesday.

As we know, Szabó only began his fourth spell as Dynamo coach on 21 September after Anatoliy Demyanenko stepped down in the wake of the Matchday 1 defeat by AS Roma. Since then the Ukrainian champions have also lost to Sporting Clube de Portugal and Manchester United in Group F. DEspite that, Szabó will not lead his team at Old Trafford and has been sent on leave.

Dynamo Kyiv officially said: "Szabó is temporarily unable to work due to ischemic heart disease, so his assistant Luzhny will prepare the team for the forthcoming UEFA Champions League and Ukrainian league games." A 39-year-old former Ukrainian international, Luzhny is no stranger to England, having played for Arsenal FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC in a long career which also brought one Soviet and seven Ukrainian titles with Dynamo. It's also important to remember that he captained Ukraine a record 39 times and coached Latvia's FK Venta in 2005 before joining Dynamo's staff just one year later.