Soccer Roundup

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Crystal Palace have yet to comment on reports that Malky Mackay is their new manager. The former Cardiff City manager is being linked with the role at Selhurst Park. Palace have declined to confirm that they have already appointed Mackay following the shock departure of Tony Pulis just two days before the start of the new season. ========= In the Champions League tonight, Arsenal face a tough away assignment in Turkey when they’ll face Besiktas in the play-off round first leg. Defender Laurent Koscielny is available after recovering from an Achilles problem while Per Mertesaker could return after an extended rest due to his World Cup exploits with Germany. arsenal crest Kick-off is at 7.45 ========= Meanwhile, Ross Barkley could be back sooner than the 5 months originally predicted. The Everton playmaker has a knee injury and is in a brace but manager Roberto Martinez says it’s not yet known how long he’ll be out for.