Gattuso set to return

MILAN: AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso appears set to recover from a right foot injury and play in the return leg of the Champions League semi-finals with Manchester United next week. Gattuso injured his right foot and defender Paolo Maldini aggravated a left knee injury in Tuesday’s first leg, which United won 3-2. However, although Maldini’s condition is improving ahead of Wednesday’s match, his participation is less likely. “Gattuso is clearly better and I don’t think he will have problems for Wednesday,” Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday. — AP

Ibrahimovic’s surgery

MILAN: Inter Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic underwent abdominal surgery on Friday. Inter said the operation was carried out in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and was successful. The club did not provide details of how long Ibrahimovic will be out. If he sits out the rest of the season, Ibrahimovic will miss Inter’s final five Serie A matches and both legs of the Italian Cup final with AS Roma. Ibrahimovic leads Inter with 15 goals this season and was a central figure in leading the club to the Serie A title. — AP

PSV fine Kluivert

EINDHOVEN: PSV Eindhoven fined striker Patrick Kluivert for criticizing coach Ronald Koeman’s substitutions. Kluivert said it was “embarrassing” when Koeman sent on 17-year-old Genero Zeefuik — instead of Kluivert — in last Sunday’s 1-1 draw with FC Utrecht. “Kluivert’s words were a knife in the back for a trainer,” Koeman said. “Especially a trainer who stuck his neck out to bring Patrick Kluivert to PSV.” The club did not say how much Kluivert was fined. Kluivert was angry at not getting the chance to play against Utrecht. — AP

Morrison gets license

HOUSTON: Texas state officials issued a boxing license to former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison. Morrison, the 38-year-old former WBO champion, is scheduled to face Dale Ortiz in a four-round bout at the Grand Plaza Hotel in Houston. It will be Morrison’s second bout since launching his comeback earlier this year after an 11-year retirement following the discovery that he had the AIDS virus. — AP