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ROONEY’S APPEAL DATE ITS BEEN SET.

The England striker, 26, received the punishment after being sent off for kicking Miodrag Dzudovic during the 2-2 draw with Montenegro last month.

If the ban is upheld, Rooney will miss all of England’s Euro 2012 group matches in Poland or Ukraine.

The hearing will take place a week after the tournament draw is made.

Uefa said in a statement: “The Uefa Appeals Body will deal with the case of England striker Wayne Rooney on Friday, 9 December at Uefa’s headquarters in Nyon.

AC MILAN are weighing up a January loan swoop for Chelsea star Didier Drogba.

The Italian champions could be without Antonio Cassano for six months after he underwent successful surgery on a minor heart defect.

Milan have also been linked with a move for Drogba’s fellow Blues striker Nicolas Anelka, but Milan vice-president Galliani admits a bid for the Ivorian is more likely.

He said: “If Cassano had not suffered this problem, we would not go to the market in the first place, but we will see.

“If he can recover quickly, we will not sign any striker in January. However, if we sign a player, it will only be on a loan basis, until June.

“If Anelka continues to score, we will see. He is an important player, but I was in love with Drogba when he was at Olympique Marseille.”

With Fernando Torres Chelsea’s first choice pick up front this season, Drogba, 33, and Frenchman Anelka, 32, have seen their playing time limited.

The pair are also facing stiff competition from youngsters Daniel Sturridge and Romelu Lukaku, while Salomon Kalou is another option for boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Drogba has scored one goal in seven Premier League games this term, while Anelka has fared little better, netting just once in nine appearances.

NANI is to be given a mega pay rise in a new contract deal by Manchester United to see off interest from Italy.

United plan to move the Portuguese winger, already on £90,000 a week, up to the next tier of their pay-scale alongside the likes of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand on a reported £130,000 a week.

Both Milan clubs and Juventus are showing interest in a summer raid.

But United top brass have pencilled in talks with Nani’s representatives for early in the New Year, when the 24-year-old has 18 months left on his contract.

Boss Sir Alex Ferguson will resist any attempts to cash in on the £30million- rated star, who he signed from Sporting Lisbon for £18.5m in 2007.

That is likely to mean an improved four-year deal.

The Old Trafford chief is convinced Nani can develop along the same lines as Portugese legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

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