Monday 23 March
Diego Costa’s hamstring means he will miss the Spain games in the forthcoming international bore-fest.
There is no word on whether he will be it to return against Stoke City but two week’s break at this stage of the season might be just what the doctor ordered.
Tuesday 25 March
Hoiked out of England U18 training Dominic Solanke was told to go and play with the first-team. Dom has made a huge impression in his age group and seemed to relish the opportunity to train with Roy Hodgson’s squad for the morning.
Thursday 27 March
Ron Suart died at the age of 94. Ron took over as manager from Dave Sexton back in 1974 and although his stint as first-team boss was a short one he was with us for 16-years as general manager and chief scout. Ron was a great servant to the club and was loved and respected around these parts. He will be missed.
John Terry’s Indian summer continues as he signed a new contract for next season.
Nathan Ake has joined the Royals until the end of the season. Nat is cup-tied for Reading’s FA Cup semi with Arsenal but will get plenty of match time under Steve Clarke.
International news in brief: Oscar scored for Brazil as they beat France 1-3 in Paris; Willian and Filipe Luis both played their part. Juan Cuadrado got most of a 90-minutes for Columbia as they thrashed Bahrain 6-0 and Izzy Brown score for England U19 as they beat Denmark 3-2.
Friday 26 March
England and captain Cahill overcame the might of Lithuania 4-0 to keep their place at the head of their group. The match was routine but for some young upstart called Harry Kane scoring a simple headed goal.
So, the nation throws all the weight of their expectation on the shoulders of another saviour… Gary took the armband for the closing stages after Wayne Rooney was subbed.
Spain didn’t need Cesc Fabregas as they beat Ukraine 1-0.
Saturday 28 March
Cyprus proved no match for Belgium and Eden Hazard got on the board as the host won 5-0.
Petr Cech’s Czechs needed a last gasp equaliser at home to Latvia for a 1-1.
Sunday 29 March
Notts County 1:2 Chelsea
The women pulled off a cracking away win at a side expected to challenge for the title. New girl Gemma Davidson scored both of ours either side of a leveller from old girl Rachel Williams.
Davidson signed from Liverpool over the winter and took her chances well on her league debut. The Chelsea women look stronger than last year when they missed out on the title on goal difference.
It was a good day for Kurt Zouma as he became a full-international for France as they beat Denmark in St-Etienne.
Matic and Ivanovic didn’t have such a good night as Serbia lost to Portugal with Ricardo Carvalho scoring the first for the hosts before Nemanja Matic headed his first goal for his country but it was enough as Serbia lost 2-1 and sit bottom of their group.