March 23, 2007 / 3:18 PM / in 12 years

Soccer-Round-up-Injured Odonkor hopes to be back next month

LONDON, March 23 (Reuters) - Soccer news in brief from around the world:

* Germany winger David Odonkor expects to return to action with Real Betis next month, after recovering from an injury to his kneecap sustained in a Euro 2008 qualifier against Cyprus in November.

“I am feeling good and will be back playing within four weeks. It has been tough, but I will return fit and keen to improve my contribution to Betis,” Odonkor told Spanish sports daily Marca.

The 23-year-old has only made three league starts for Betis since moving from Borussia Dortmund for six million euros in the close season.

* Bulgarian players and coaches will wear ribbons in support of five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death for infecting Libyan children with HIV when they host Albania in a Euro 2008 qualifier.

Bulgaria and its allies say the medics are innocent and have stepped up diplomatic pressure on Libya to release them.

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