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Sunday, 2 January, 2000, 20:43 GMT
Morientes misses out

Morientes: Joined lengthy Madrid casualty list


Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes is to miss his side's opening World Club Championship with Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr on Wednesday.

World Club Championship
Morientes will be out of action for about a week with a thigh injury, making him doubtful for the second game against Corinthians on Friday.

Brazilian defender Julio Cesar has already been ruled out of the competition because of injury, while German goalkeeper Bodo Illgner is not expected to recover in time to make the trip.



Anelka scores -- millennium bug takes effect!
Spanish newspaper on this week's news
Spanish internationals Raul Gonzalez and Fernando Hierro are also struggling for fitness and are doubtful for Real's first game.

Former Arsenal striker Nicolas Anelka, who scored his first goal for Real in a charity match on Thursday, is expected to take the place of Morientes in the starting line-up.

Anelka's debut goal after his 23m move from English premier league side Arsenal to Real last August was front page news in the Spanish sports press.

One newspaper joked: "Anelka scores -- millennium bug takes effect!"

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