From the Back Pages, January 26: We will miss Wilfried Bony as he rots on the Manchester City bench, says Swansea director

From the back pages
From the back pages

Swansea director John van Zweden fears £30million Wilfried Bony will rot on the Manchester City bench. (The Mirror)

Manchester United have been warned they may have to break the world record fee for a defender after enquiring about Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos. (Daily Mail)

Giants have fallen on the great FA Cup weekend of 24-25 January, 2015, but as the smoke clears and the casualties are cleared away, it is the holders who march on at the head of the Premier League’s survivors in the fifth round and the bookies’ favourites to win it. Not that it was always easy, and the tie was by means settled until the final whistle, but given the humiliations visited upon Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton over the previous 24 hours, it was enough for Arsene Wenger that Arsenal are through. They are the highest ranked side in the current Premier League table in the fifth round, with Manchester United still hopeful of joining them. (The Independent)

A GOAL from substitute Diafra Sakho was enough for West Ham to avoid being another Premier League FA Cup casualty at the hands of Bristol City this afternoon. (The Express)

Kevin Pietersen’s hopes of playing Test cricket for England again have been handed another major blow after Surrey decided not to re-sign the controversial batsman. (The Guardian)

An avowed teetotaller, Andy Murray is not the type to celebrate Burns Night with a double whisky. But some of his fans must have felt like a dram or two after watching their man scrap for 3hours 32mins against an inspired Grigor Dimitrov before finally earning a place in the Australian Open quarter-finals. (The Telegraph)

England’s injury crisis escalated yesterday when Owen Farrell damaged a knee, making him doubtful for their opening game of the RBS Six Nations Championship, against Wales in Cardiff a week on Friday. (The Times)