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Fabio Borini injury could lead to compensation battle between Liverpool and Italy

Liverpool and Italy set for compensation battle over Borini injury

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 12 October 2012

Liverpool could be set for a compensation wrangle with the Italian FA after it emerged Fabio Borini reported for international duty already carrying an injury.

The Italian striker fractured the scaphoid bone in his right foot during a training session with his country's Under-21s on Thursday, an injury which will lead him to be absent for a number of weeks.

Crocked: Borini has broken a bone in his foot

Crocked: Borini has broken a bone in his foot

But the Italians discovered when they sent him for x-rays that he already had a crack in his ankle from a problem he sustained against Manchester United last month.

Borini's injury leaves Luis Suarez as Liverpool's only fit striker.

Stephen Ireland out for several weeks with wrist injury

Aston Villa midfielder Ireland ruled out for several weeks with wrist injury

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UPDATED:

10:41 GMT, 27 September 2012

On form: Ireland

On form: Ireland

The injury suffered by Stephen Ireland during Aston Villa's 4-1 defeat at Southampton last weekend is not as bad as first feared, his manager Paul Lambert has revealed.

It was initially thought that the midfielder would be out until the new year with a broken a bone in his arm, but scans have revealed that the broken bone is in fact in his wrist.

Ireland, therefore, with the aid of a protective cast, is expected to return to first-team action next month.

'It’s not Stephen’s arm,' Lambert said. 'It’s his wrist. I don’t think it’s as bad as we thought. Hopefully he will be back in a few weeks time.

'Injuries happen. It’s unfortunate for Stephen and it’s unfortunate for us, but he won’t be out for the number of weeks we thought he would be.'

Ireland, who cost Villa 8million back in 2010, has returned to form of late under the guidance of Lambert, who will be boosted by the news that the 26-year-old is returning ahead of schedule.

Alan Knill almost killed by squirrel, admits under-fire Scunthorpe boss

Scunthorpe boss Knill: I can handle the boo-boys… a squirrel nearly killed me!

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UPDATED:

12:53 GMT, 5 September 2012

Scunthorpe manager Alan Knill has revealed he narrowly escaped serious injury following a squirrel-related cycling accident.

Knill faced boos and calls for his head at the end of Tuesday night's home defeat to Notts County in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy – which took the Iron's losing run to six matches in all competitions – but he insists the npower League One club's difficult start to the season has been put into perspective.

Knill was out riding his bike on Monday when he collided with a squirrel.
Unable to dodge the animal, it got caught up in his wheel spokes and sent the manager flying over his handlebars.

Under pressure: Scunthorpe manager Alan Knill

Under pressure: Scunthorpe manager Alan Knill

'It was quite serious at the time, I was flying through the air,' Knill, who escaped with just cuts and bruises, told the BBC following the loss to Notts County.

'I came off my bike at 20-whatever miles an hour, an ambulance was called and everything – I could have died.

'I saw it run into the road but couldn't do anything about it and it just hit my wheel and stuck in my wheel and hit my brakes. I went over the top of my bike and landed on my head, shoulder and neck.

Look out: Knill was involved in a cycling accident after attempting to swerve a squirrel

Look out: Knill was involved in a cycling accident after attempting to swerve a squirrel

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'For a minute I thought I might have been in trouble because I landed on my head and then all of a sudden I thought: “I'm not, I'm alive!”

'Fortunately my collar bone is okay but I am pretty bruised.'

Knill added: 'I'm worrying every night about football, but I could have been dead on Monday and it's so stupid. I'm not and you have to put things into perspective.

'The situation we're in at the moment, I don't cherish and I don't like being in, but there are worse situations.'

Warren Gatland won"t be rushed into Wales comeback

Wales won't rush into Gatland decision as coach prepares for surgery

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UPDATED:

09:11 GMT, 13 April 2012

Warren Gatland's wife says a decision on whether the Wales coach will lead his side on their summer tour of Australia will be made 'closer to the time'.

Gatland is set for surgery in New Zealand next week to reconstruct his right heel after he fell three metres on to concrete while cleaning windows of the family holiday home at Wahi Beach.

Gatland had been due to return to Wales this week following time off after he led Wales to the RBS 6 Nations title and a Grand Slam last month.

Time will tell: Warren Gatland faces surgery after falling badly at home

Time will tell: Warren Gatland faces surgery after falling badly at home

He suffered multiple fractures to his right heel and a single fracture of the left heel, and he now faces several weeks recuperating in Hamilton after the operation.

Wales play the Barbarians in Cardiff on June 2, before heading Down Under for three Tests against Australia and a midweek fixture against the Brumbies in Canberra.

The Welsh Rugby Union already have detailed contingency plans in place, with assistant coach Rob Howley ready to step up if Gatland cannot take charge of the trip.

'The coaches are just going to step up and do the job of getting the boys prepared for Australia, and then Warren will see closer to the time whether he can get to Australia or not,' Trudy Gatland told the Waikato Times.

Success breeds success: Wales will hope to build on their Six Nations win

Success breeds success: Wales will hope to build on their Six Nations win

Recalling the accident on Easter Monday, she added: 'Luckily he landed on his feet, because he could have landed on his head.

'He landed falling backwards, so his heels took the impact and the calcaneus bone, that heel bone, is a really painful injury. He's being very brave, but it is very painful.

'He is hopeful it won't be too long that he is off his feet, but he is going to be in two casts initially.

'His left foot hopefully will mend quite quickly because it's just got one fracture on the heel, but the other one that needs the surgery has a lot more shattered pieces.'