The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers with clickable Internet links.
Chelsea is facing a fight to keep goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois because Atletico Madrid wants the on-loan Belgian for at least another season and is ready to offer him a permanent move in the offseason, the Daily Mail reported.
The Blues may consider offering Courtois, 20, an improved contract and are said to have assured him that he’s seen as the long-term successor to Petr Cech, the Mail added.
Cech may miss Chelsea’s next two matches after breaking a finger during a 3-2 loss at Newcastle three days ago, the Daily Mirror reported.
Manchester United defender Phil Jones is in doubt for the Champions League matches against Real Madrid after contracting shingles, the Sun reported.
The infection can take as much as four weeks to clear, putting Jones in danger of missing next week’s round of 16 opening game in Madrid and the March 5 return match in Manchester, the newspaper added.
Queens Park Rangers are still locked in a payoff dispute with former manager Mark Hughes, whom the Premier League club fired in November, the Daily Mail reported.
Hughes, who had 19 months left on a contract worth 3 million pounds ($4.7 million) a year, is taking QPR to an arbitration tribunal as he seeks the remaining 4.5 million pounds of his deal, the newspaper added.
QPR striker Loic Remy, who joined the club for 8 million pounds on Jan. 16, may be ruled out for as long as 10 weeks because of a groin injury sustained in training last week, the Daily Express reported.
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