Short Soccer, February 14, 2013

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 February, 2013, 3:04am


Drogba 'free to play for Galatasaray'

Didier Drogba has been given the go-ahead to play for Galatasary, a Turkish Football Federation (TFF) source and the club said yesterday, after his former club Shanghai Shenhua disputed his move from China. "Fifa's authorisation has arrived. There's no problem. Drogba will be able to play on Friday," a source at the club said. Galatasaray said the TFF had told them Drogba's "emporary licence is ready". Ivory Coast striker Drogba, 34, signed an 18-month contract with top-flight Galatasaray at the end of January but Shanghai Shenhua, with whom he signed on a 21/-year deal in June last year, opposed the move. The Chinese Super League club, who had vowed to appeal to Fifa, will not be compensated for his departure, Turkish newspapers said, claiming the player's contract with Shanghai was null and void as he had not been paid for the last three months. Galatasary are due to play German side Schalke 04 next Wednesday in the last 16 of the Champions League. AFP


SA coach Igesund taken to hospital

South Africa coach Gordon Igesund has admitted himself to a hospital with severe abdominal pains. The South African Football Association said Igesund, 56, went in on Tuesday and "might be suffering from appendicitis", according to initial tests. The doctor treating Igesund says further tests are being carried out to confirm the diagnosis but he is confident Igesund "will be back on his feet soon". AP


Villa returns to training after health scare

Barcelona forward David Villa has been released from hospital after treatment for kidney stones and may be fit for Saturday's league game at Granada, the La Liga leaders said. The 31-year-old Spain international, who was admitted to hospital on Monday, was set to return to training yesterday, Barca said. "His progress will determine whether he is available for the next match against Granada," they added. Reuters


Lampard to write children's stories

England international midfielder Frank Lampard is set to put pen to paper but, before Chelsea fans sigh with relief, it is to write five children's books, it was announced. The 34-year-old - whose current deal expires in the summer and who has not been offered a new one - said he first got the idea when he was reading stories to his children. Lampard said the stories were "loosely based on friends and teammates". AFP