A third game in the ban has been suspended for two years following the Manchester City manager's reaction to his side's 2-0 loss to the Blaugrana last week.
Friday, February 28, 2014
After the striker returned to full training earlier this week, Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that he will decide on the eve of the Wembley clash whether to recall the Argentine
Once dubbed 'the new Pele', the 24-year-old has turned out for nine clubs in 10 years, with the latest chapter in a nomadic career seeing him on trial with the Championship club.
The Black Cats go into Sunday's Wembley showpiece as the underdogs, and their manager believes telling players they won't be featuring will be one of his toughest moments.
The performance in Greece was so pathetic that the Old Trafford boss must wield his power and make sure those coasting never play again for the club.
Gus Poyet's men must look to replicate the fearlessness, on the ball and off it, shown by the Latics against the Blues last season in the FA Cup final.
The Manchester City skipper has warned Capital One Cup final opponent Sunderland that the club should be afraid of the Argentine ahead of the Wembley clash.
The visitors have won their last three games in a row, while Daniel Sturridge is attempting to find the net for his ninth consecutive Premier League match.
The Tigers, who ran riot at Cardiff last time out, recorded a 3-2 victory at St James' Park in September and a win this Saturday could push them into the top half of the table.
Felix Magath takes charge of his side for the first time at its west London home, while the visitors will be looking to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League.
Arsenal will be boosted by the return of Mesut Ozil, who missed last Saturday's 4-1 win against Sunderland.
Andy Carroll has served his three-game suspension and is available for the Hammers, who have recorded four wins in a row.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
The striker scored twice against Dnipro on Thursday night as Spurs set up a Europa League last-16 clash with Benfica, and he has praised his manager for giving him an opportunity .
The Frenchman has been suspended for five matches and fined £80,000 after performing the salute as a tribute to controversial French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala.
The Togolese striker netted twice in four second-half minutes to turn the tie on its head after Christian Eriksen's free kick had canceled out Roman Zozulya's opener.
Spurs came from behind to beat the 10-man Ukrainians and booked a place in the Europa League last 16 with a goal from Eriksen and two from Adebayor
Goal was on hand to see Napoli squeeze past Swansea at Stadio San Paolo, with Gonzalo Higuain's second-half goal being the turning point in a tough test for the Partenopei.
Jonathan De Guzman cancelled out Lorenzo Insigne's opener to put the Welsh side ahead on away goals but the prolific Argentine and the Swiss struck late on.
The 30-year-old striker has been disillusioned with life under David Moyes at Old Trafford and spoke of his frustration with his team-mates after Tuesday's 2-0 defeat to Olympiakos
Though his side is on the brink of Champions League elimination, Manuel Pellegrini's team remains on course to win a domestic treble.