Team Sky boss Brailsford defends Wiggins
LONDON Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins did not use a medical exemption to gain a performance boost before major races, Team Sky boss David Brailsford said on Monday in response to leaked documents.
LONDON Manchester United's Antonio Valencia could be a doubt for their derby clash against City next week as he is away on international duty with Ecuador until the day before the match.
Valencia, on the shortlist for the Premier League's player of the month after an impressive start to the season at right back, will return to Manchester next Friday, United manager Jose Mourinho said.
"The day before Man City, we will still have Sergio Romero, Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valencia arriving," Mourinho told the club website.
"It will be a complicated process but we know it is like this when we have these players. And I would love all of the players to go because it would mean that everybody is being selected for their national teams."
Mourinho may be forced to play one of Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian or Timothy Fosu-Mensah should converted winger Valencia not be ready to face City.
Both Manchester clubs come into the fixture with 100 percent records from the opening three games of the Premier League season.
(Reporting by Toby Davis; editing by Ed Osmond)
LONDON Leicester City will bank on the inside knowledge and goal threat of Porto's nemesis Islam Slimani ahead of their Champions League Group G clash on Tuesday.
Midfielder Moussa Sissoko will miss Tottenham Hotspur's Champions League game against Russian side CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, manager Mauricio Pochettino said.