Two Leeds players are to face trial again on charges of making a racist attack at a nightclub. England are all at sea without first choice keeper David Seaman and the Israeli football team stands to benefit if Austria doesn't play a full strength team. We take a look at all that in out football wrap.
England at sea
England's No.1 goalkeeper, David Seaman, who also plays for club side Arsenal has been ruled out of Saturday's decisive World Cup qualifier against Greece at Old Trafford. The 38-year-old had been suffering from a shoulder injury. Seaman is expected to be replaced by Leeds goalkeeper Nigel Martyn, with Arsenal's Richard Wright as the backup.
Zidane may be out
Meanwhile, France might be without star Zinedine Zidane for Saturday's friendly against Algeria. Zidane who plays for Spanish giants Real Madrid is believed to have pulled a thigh muscle in his clubs 4-2 defeat to Las Palmas on Wednesday. Zidane incidentally is the son of Algerian immigrants and would have liked the opportunity to have played this match. The game will be the first ever encounter between the two countries
Fear is the key
The Israeli football team was seen practising ahead of Saturday's crucial World Cup qualifying match against Austria in Tel Aviv. But the clash has taken on even greater significance, since nine Austrian players have refused to travel to Tel Aviv for the match, due to fears over their safety. This even after both FIFA and the Austrian Football Association have approved the trip and Israel has guaranteed that the visitors will be given all the possible protection. And if the match goes ahead with second-string players, then it will be Austria who could lose out. They need just a draw to qualify for a play-off berth, while Israel need to win.
Two Leeds United footballers, Lee Bowyer and Jonathan Woodgate appeared in court on Thursday to face a re-trial over an alleged attack on an Asian student. The jury in the first trial had been discharged in April after the judge found that the case had been prejudiced by newspaper reports. Bowyer and Woodgate are charged with causing grievous injuries to Sarfraz Najeib. The pair however deny the charges.