Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that Darren Fletcher's career is in the balance due to a chronic bowel problem, although the Manchester United manager said that should the midfielder be forced to retire, he will be offered a position with the Old Trafford club.
It is just as well that Kyle Walker draws strength from the setbacks.
The UK must change its arms export policy to prevent weapons and other military equipment being sold to authoritarian regimes because the Arab spring has shown the system is fundamentally flawed, a Commons report warns .
Barack Obama's campaign team ratcheted up the rhetoric in the White House election battle on Thursday, claiming the Republican contender Mitt Romney may have committed a crime over how he portrayed his involvement with Bain Capital, the company where he made his fortune.
Ed Miliband has declared that the next "massive, massive issue" following the banking and phone-hacking scandals will be the pensions industry.
The government has been forced to defend its decision to recruit an additional 3,500 troops to guard Olympic venues, insisting the move was not evidence of a "shambles" amid a series of setbacks to preparations for the Games.
Nick Clegg is mounting a direct challenge to David Cameron by ruling out any moves to repatriate powers to Britain from the EU while eurozone leaders are struggling to save the single currency.