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Ronaldo may miss match

Madrid: Real Madrid striker Ronaldo is doubtful for Saturday's league match against Athletic Bilbao after returning from his lavish Valentine's Day engagement party in Paris with an injury to his toe.

Club medical staff said that the Brazilian was suffering from inflammation of the big toe on his left foot and would undergo physiotherapy to deal with the problem.

Ronaldo turned up late for training on Tuesday after being delayed on his return from the celebrations at a secluded chateau near Paris and also missed the first 15 minutes of the session on Wednesday.

According to a local daily, the 28-year-old would be fined by the club because of his late arrival.Ronaldo turned up on time on Thursday, but pulled up after a few minutes and it now looks unlikely that he will play against Bilbao. England striker Michael Owen will take Ronaldo's place in the starting line-up if he fails to recover in time.

Barthez in trouble

Paris: Fabien Barthez may be punished after a referee said the Olympique Marseille goalkeeper spat at him during a friendly with Morocco's Wydad Casablanca on Saturday.

Referee Abdella El Achiri said he was going to report the incident to the Moroccan soccer federation, a sports daily reported on Thursday.

'I was a bit surprised to see Barthez coming towards me on the pitch as he had been replaced at the interval,' El Achiri said. 'He came up to me, he insulted me and he spat at me.'

The match was stopped when a brawl erupted in the 80th minute while the Moroccan hosts were leading 2-1, which was the final score.

Borussia in dire straits

Frankfurt: Borussia Dortmund are in a 'life-threatening' financial situation, the German club said on Thursday. The former European champions said they had entered talks with creditors in an attempt to resolve their financial crisis and needed a debt moratorium until at least the 2006/07 tax year.

Borussia said without a restructuring it expected its record debt to increase to 134.7 million euros ($175.4 million) by mid-2006.

ITF women's meets

Mumbai: Two International Tennis Federation (ITF) women's tournaments are to be conducted here in April.

The April 4-10 event carries a prize money of $ 10,000 while the April 11-17 championship offers $ 25,000 in prize money, according to the calendar released here by Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association.

Another $ 10,000 women's event is slated to be held here from November 14-19 which would be followed by a similar championship in Pune from November 21-27.

Golf: Malaysian Open, live from 1pm on TEN Sports and STAR Sports
Tennis: Rotterdam meet live from 5.30 pm on STAR Sports Soccer: remier League highlights from 6pm on ESPN


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