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Football: Diaby closing on Arsenal return - Wenger

Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby is close to a return from a 13-month injury lay-off after playing for the club's under-21 side, manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Wednesday. "He hasn't played for a year, but physically he is ready to play, completely," Wenger told the club website. "It is now just decision-making, getting used to challenges again. Everybody (counted him out), but he is fit and ready."

Football: Late Matuidi goal gives laboured PSG victory

Blaise Matuidi struck in the 89th minute to give Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 win against struggling Evian at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday and take the capital club to the brink of the title. It looked like PSG would have to settle for a point against their 10-man opponents until Lucas played in fellow substitute Matuidi and the France midfielder slotted the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Jesper Hansen at the near post.

Football: Late Matuidi goal gives laboured PSG victory

Blaise Matuidi struck in the 89th minute to give Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 win against struggling Evian at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday and take the capital club to the brink of the title. It looked like PSG would have to settle for a point against their 10-man opponents until Lucas played in fellow substitute Matuidi and the France midfielder slotted the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Jesper Hansen at the near post.

Football: French Ligue 1 results

French Ligue 1 results on Wednesday: Paris Saint-Germain 1 (Matuidi 89) Evian 0 Toulouse 0 Lyon 0 afp

Football: FIFA suspends Barcelona transfer ban

FIFA on Wednesday suspended a ban on Barcelona transfering players while the club makes an appeal against the sanction. Football's world body, which this month banned Barcelona from buying players for 14 months for breaching rules on the registration of minors, announced the suspension in a statement. Barcelona has appealed against what would be a dramatic restriction on its operations and asked for the sanction to be suspended, the FIFA statement said. The Spanish club are desperate to find a new goalkeeper and replacements for veterans such as Carlos Puyol.

Football: Injured Mirallas to miss Everton run-in

Everton's Champions League qualification hopes suffered a blow on Tuesday as it was revealed that Kevin Mirallas will miss the final three games of the season with a groin injury. "Kevin Mirallas will miss the remaining three games of the season," read a statement on the club website. The 26-year-old Belgian winger limped off after scoring the second goal in his side's 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday. Everton said that he had sustained "a small tear in his groin" and would be "out for the next three weeks".

Football: Blanc confident of Ibra return as PSG close on title

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc on Tuesday reiterated his belief that injured top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play again before the end of the season. "The objective is for him to play again before the end of the season. It's a realistic target. The signs are good, but we can't just do anything with him for fear of a recurrence," said Blanc at a press conference prior to PSG's Ligue 1 meeting with Evian at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

Football: Sagbo fined over 'quenelle' comments

Yannick Sagbo, Hull City's Ivorian striker, has been fined 15,000 pounds ($25,200, 18,300 euros) over a social media posting about the controversial 'quenelle' gesture, the Football Association announced on Tuesday. In a statement on its website, the FA said Sagbo had admitted an "aggravated breach of FA Rule E3" and had also been "warned as to his future conduct and ordered to complete a compulsory education course". The statement added: "Mr Sagbo was charged by The FA with improper conduct concerning social media postings relating to the quenelle gesture."

Football: English Premier League result

English Premier League result on Monday: Manchester City 3 (Zabaleta 3, Aguero 10, Demichelis 36) West Bromwich Albion 1 (Dorrans 16) Played Sunday: Everton 2 (Baines 28-pen, Mirallas 43) Manchester United 0 Hull City 0 Arsenal 3 (Ramsey 31, Podolski 45, 54) Norwich City 2 (Hooper 54, Snodgrass 77) Liverpool 3 (Sterling 4, 62, Suarez 11) Played Saturday: Aston Villa 0 Southampton 0 Cardiff City 1 (Whittingham 51-pen) Stoke City 1 (Arnautovic 45+3-pen)

Football: Arsenal have 'oil in the engine' - Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes the returns of key midfielders Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey will help his side secure their place in the Premier League's top four. Ozil, the club's £42.5 million ($70.7 million, 51.6 million euros) record signing, returned to action after missing seven matches with a hamstring injury as Arsenal won 3-0 at Hull City on Sunday. The German was overshadowed, however, by Ramsey, who had a hand in all three goals as Arsenal recorded a victory that kept them in front of Everton in the tussle for the final Champions League place.
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