Soccer / As Action Resumes, Some Teams Are More Prepared Than Others

The Champions League resumes action tomorrow with matches in groups E, F, G and H.

In Group E, Manchester United will host Celtic, which perhaps would rather reschedule its match against the European champion. Injuries to vice-captain Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Chris Killen have left coach Gordon Strachan with almost no strikers. Then came news that the Georgios Samaras, the talented Greek forward who has scored eight goals so far this season, would have to undergo surgery after sustaining a recent injury. Villareal hosts Aalborg in the group's other match.

In Group F, Bayern Munich striker Luca Toni missed training yesterday because of bruised ribs and is doubtful for tomorrow's clash with former club Fiorentina, Bayern said on its Web site. "We'll take each day as it comes," coach Juergen Klinsmann told the club's site. "We obviously hope he'll be able to play against his old club." Italian striker Toni, who joined Bayern from Fiorentina last year, was forced out of Saturday's 1-0 win over Karlsruhe before half-time. Lyon visits Steaua in the second game of the group.

In Group G, Fenerbahce coach Luis Aragones seems to have lost his touch as his team takes on Arsenal. The Spaniard, who was the darling of Turkey when he first arrived, has struggled through this campaign and has been subjected to booing in the local league, where the team has only amassed nine points in seven games. The other game has Porto and Dynamo Kiev.

Midfielder Christian Poulsen will miss Juventus' Group H game against Real Madrid in Turin tomorrow after injuring his right thigh in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Napoli, the club Web site said. Media reports said the Dane could be out for three weeks. Juventus was already without a number of injured regulars, including striker David Trezeguet and Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon. BATE Borisov travels to Russia to play Zenit St. Petersburg.