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Peter Crouch seen with black eye while out with Abbey Clancy

Where did you get that shiner, Crouch Stoke striker spotted with black eye after ending goal drought

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David Kent

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15:56 GMT, 23 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:31 GMT, 23 April 2013

Having returned to his previous club last weekend, it looks like Peter Crouch may have picked up a few battle scars to get back to scoring ways.

The Stoke striker netted just his second goal since September when he struck at relegation threatened QPR on Saturday, but he has since emerged with a mystery black eye.

Eyesore: Peter Crouch leaves Liverpool Dental Spa with daughter, Sophia

Eyesore: Peter Crouch leaves Liverpool Dental Spa with daughter, Sophia

Eyesore: Peter Crouch leaves Liverpool Dental Spa with daughter, Sophia

The former England international was seen leaving Liverpool Dental Spa today with his wife Abbey Clancy, who is a regular, and daughter Sophia where the bruise underneath his right eye was clear to see.

Having started the season with five goals from his first seven games, Crouch’s season has tailed off, with his only goal before Saturday coming in a 2-2 draw with Wigan in January.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis had backed the former Tottenham hitman to rediscover his scoring touch, as he said before the QPR game: There's been a while, especially after his injury, where Peter has not performed to the level he was at before.

Eyesore: Peter Crouch leaves Liverpool Dental Spa with daughter, Sophia

Eyesore: Peter Crouch leaves Liverpool Dental Spa with daughter, Sophia

‘He had a good start to the season and looked a real handful. Hopefully he will be back to what he was in the next five games.’

Crouch came off with a minute to go at QPR but should be in line to face Norwich at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Battle scar: Peter Crouch celebrates scoring at QPR last Saturday

Battle scar: Peter Crouch celebrates scoring at QPR last Saturday

She"s in safe hands! Fabregas posts photo of newborn daughter after making another Champions League semi-final

She's in safe hands! Fabregas posts photo of newborn daughter after making yet another Champions League semi-final

By
Gerard Brand

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17:09 GMT, 11 April 2013

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UPDATED:

19:09 GMT, 11 April 2013

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas admitted yesterday was the happiest day of his life.

No, it wasn't just the fact he had made it through to an incredible fourth Champions League semi-final, but more the fact his girlfriend Daniella Semaan had given birth to their first child.

Newborn: Fabregas posted this picture of his daugther Lia Fabregas Semaan grasping his finger

Newborn: Fabregas posted this picture of his daugther Lia Fabregas Semaan grasping his finger

Fabregas played 62 minutes last night as his side reached the last four of the Champions League after a 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain at the Nou Camp saw them go through on away goals.

And it was the former Arsenal midfielder who made way for Lionel Messi with PSG leading 1-0, with the Argentinian changing the game for the hosts.

Game changer: Fabregas made way for Messi in the 62nd minute, ultimately changing the game

Game changer: Fabregas made way for Messi in the 62nd minute, ultimately changing the game

But even better news was around the corner, and he tweeted: 'Yesterday it was the happiest day of my life, our daugther Lia Fabregas Semaan was born. Both her and Daniella are doing very well.'

The 25-year-old then posted a picture of his newborn daugther grasping his finger, and he'll want to get his hands on his own prize at the end of May, having won just one of the four semi-finals he has been involved in with Arsenal and Barcelona.

Fabregas and his Barcelona teammates will discover who stands in their way of another Champions League final tomorrow, with the draw for the semi-finals taking place in Nyon at 11am BST.

Champion: If Fabregas plays in the last four, it will be his fourth Champions League semi-final appearance

Champion: If Fabregas plays in the last four, it will be his fourth Champions League semi-final appearance

Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas

Robin Van Persie reveals family rift after move from Arsenal to Manchester United

'Seeing you in United colours makes our baby sick!' Van Persie's wife reveals family rift in spoof video

By
Adam Shergold

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11:41 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:41 GMT, 2 January 2013

The sight of Robin Van Persie moving to Manchester United in the summer made many an Arsenal fan feel a bit sick.

But it appears the Dutch star's 24m move north has had an nauseating effect on his life at home too.

A tongue-in-cheek programme by a Dutch television channel filmed inside the Van Persie family home, and translated by talkSPORT, has revealed that his young daughter and 'lifelong Gooner' Dina regularly spews up at the sight of her daddy playing in a United shirt.

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Goal machine: Robin van Persie has already scored 19 goals across all competitions for Manchester United since his 24m move from Arsenal in the summer

Goal machine: Robin van Persie has already scored 19 goals across all competitions for Manchester United since his 24m move from Arsenal in the summer

Not impressed: In the tongue-in-cheek Dutch TV programme, Van Persie's wife Bouchra jokes how young daughter Dina didn't like his move to Manchester

Not impressed: In the tongue-in-cheek Dutch TV programme, Van Persie's wife Bouchra jokes how young daughter Dina didn't like his move to Manchester

And the prolific striker, who has scored 19 goals in all competitions so far this season, said that he laughed at Arsenal's offer of a new contract in the summer and threw it in the bin.

The clip starts with Van Persie talking about how difficult it was to leave Arsenal and shows pictures in his living room wearing an Arsenal tracksuit while cradling baby Dina.

He says: It wasn't easy to leave the Gunners, I didn't want to, but this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. My kids are both Gooners, so it was tough.

'But I've more than doubled my wages, which is ace. That gives my two little ones a better chance in life.'

Nauseating: Bouchra tells the presenter that Dina feels sick thinking about her daddy playing in United colours

Nauseating: Bouchra tells the presenter that Dina feels sick thinking about her daddy playing in United colours

Traitor! Right on cue, Dina spews up on the kitchen floor and Van Persie has to clean up the mess

Traitor! Right on cue, Dina spews up on the kitchen floor and Van Persie has to clean up the mess

His wife Bouchra and baby daughter then take centre stage.

Speaking in the kitchen, Bouchra says: 'I must admit the move was very stressful for the baby. As a lifelong Gooner, she was disgusted by her old man.

'It still makes her feel sick just talking about it. She saw a photo of daddy with Fergie…'

Right on cue, Dina throws up on the kitchen floor and Robin has to mop it up as his wife jokingly calls him a 'traitor.'

Time to go: Van Persie talks in the clip about how the move was right for him

Time to go: Van Persie talks in the clip about how the move was right for him

Not good enough: Van Persie then says he dropped Arsenal's contract offer in the bin and walked out

Not good enough: Van Persie then says he dropped Arsenal's contract offer in the bin and walked out

Later, she says: 'The baby told me she has lost all respect for her old man.'

The programme may be intended to be light-hearted, but Gunners fans might take offence at these comments at the end: 'I know the baby is upset, but I had to leave.

'It still makes me laugh to think about the new contract I was offered by them. I said 'Oh really' Then I dropped it in the bin and packed my bags.'

VIDEO: Van Persie explains family rift after his move to Man United

Ricky Hatton v Vyacheslav Senchenko – Jeff Powell"s fight preview

Baby steps that helped Hatton on his way back into the ring for comeback fight against Senchenko

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17:46 GMT, 23 November 2012

The moment Ricky Hatton knew he had to turn his life around by stopping the boozing and bingeing came as he held his new-born daughter in his arms.

That was 14 months ago.

The moment he decided the Hitman would be back came when baby Millie’s mother Jennifer accepted that he needs to exorcise his demons by re-entering sport’s most punishing work place.

That was three months ago.

All that remains is to convince the rest of the world that more than three years after his last, disastrous fight it is healthier for him to exchange violent blows to the head than drink himself into suicidal oblivion.

That comes on Saturday night.

On the brink: Ricky Hatton squares up to Vyacheslav Senchenko at the weigh-in at Manchester Town Hall

On the brink: Ricky Hatton squares up to Vyacheslav Senchenko at the weigh-in at Manchester Town Hall

On the brink: Ricky Hatton squares up to Vyacheslav Senchenko at the weigh-in at Manchester Town Hall

On the eve of this moment of truth against Vyacheslav Senchenko in the bear-pit atmosphere of the MEN Arena, Hatton had this to say: ‘I don’t expect anyone else to believe until they see it with their own eyes but I will be better, meaner and more ferocious than the old Hitman. After this we will be talking world title challenges.’

We already are, with old foe Paulie Malignaggi here in Manchester to offer a two-fight shot at his WBA welterweight crown if Hatton looks the part again.

But that is not what is driving Hatton to revive his Blue Moon tunes of glory.

With the dark revelations about his descent into drugs and depression still haunting him, he says: ‘I am doing this because I never want my kids (little Millie and 11-year-old Campbell) to hear another bad word against me. I am fighting here to obliterate those terrible memories.

‘As I watched Millie being born and picked her up I knew I had to change. The Hitman may be a hard bastard in the ring but underneath all that I’m soft as s***. I’m an emotional bloke with a big heart and I have to control all those feelings going into a fight.

Mad for it: Hatton's army of fans cheer for their returning hero on the eve of the fight

Mad for it: Hatton's army of fans cheer for their returning hero on the eve of the fight

Ready: Hatton

Vyacheslav Senchenko

Head to head: Hatton and Senchenko are both in trim condition for their Manchester showdown

‘I will go through a whole range of emotions walking into the ring in front of 20,000 fans. The nervous anticipation is the same for every boxer but there is more at stake for me than usual here. I have to regain not only my own pride but the pride of the people of this country. Above all, I will be thinking about the kids and about Jennifer.

‘I was nervous when I first started sparring again and I’ll be nervous coming into the ring. But when the first bell rings, watch me go. Senchenko will be on the receiving end of all my pent-up tension and emotion.’

Not that Hatton denies the siren lure, the thrill and the drama of big nights like this, which has tempted so many boxers into come-backs, well-advised or not: ‘Yeah, okay, I have missed the roar of the crowd. I’m humbled by the devotion of my fans and I’m also inspired by them. I didn’t want their last memory of me in the ring to be that of being stretched cold on the canvass by Manny Pacquiao.’

The images of that knock-out and an earlier one by Floyd Mayweather trouble even his most devout supporters and he says: ‘A lot have come up to me in the street and said they fear that I’ll get hurt.

But I’ve told them not to worry. People doubt my punch resistance now but I remind them the only men to beat me are the top two pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

‘The first time I got clocked on the chin in sparring my instinct was still to hit back, not to flinch.’
Hattton accepts that a truer test comes wearing lighter gloves in a real fight but says: ‘I know in my bones that it’s going to be okay.’

Family man: Hatton shares time with girlfriend Jennifer and daughter Millie

Family man: Hatton shares time with girlfriend Jennifer and daughter Millie

Kissy Hatton: The Hitman shares a moment with his daughter Millie

Kissy Hatton: The Hitman shares a moment with his daughter Millie

Pacquaio and Marvin Hagler are among iconic boxing figures questioning the Hitman’s return after so long an absence and he has prepared himself mentally for the worst should Senchenko surprise him.

Repeatedly, down these past ten weeks in training camp, he has said: ‘If I lose I will be able to look myself in the mirror on Sunday morning, know that I gave it my best and be able to walk away again, this time for good.’

Personally, as one of the few permitted to watch him spar and thus witness the renaissance of his speed, power and relentless aggression, I don’t expect that to happen.

Senchenko, whose only defeat in a lengthy career came when he lost his world welterweight title to Malignaggi, is an accomplished technical boxer and Hatton is right to counsel himself to master all those emotions and channel them into a clinical performance.

Thumbs-up: Sportsmail's Jeff Powell (right) is backing Hatton with victory on Saturday

Thumbs-up: Sportsmail's Jeff Powell (right) is backing Hatton with victory on Saturday

But the Ukrainian’s hesitation about facing the pre-fight stare-down with Hatton does not suggest confidence and he was given a foretaste of the scenes awaiting him in the MEN at yesterday’s packed and noise weigh-in.

Intriguingly, Malignaggi says: ‘This guy is talented but he does not have great belief in himself. If you get on top of him the doubts grow round by round and if Ricky is anything like as relentless as he used to be then Senchenko will eventually fold like a deck-hair on the beach.’

If there is one concern for a come-back fighter, it is stamina. Hatton looks fully capable of bringing the house down, along with Senchenko, by a mid-fight stoppage.

If not, as this is only his ten-round starter for part two of his career, the Hitman’s volume of punches should give him a commanding enough lead by the eighth for him to ease through to decisive victory.

Hatton v Senchenko is live on Primetime at 14.95 pay-per-view.

Rafa Benitez Chelsea latest: Former Liverpool boss ready for Stamford Bridge job – comment

He didn't want to be baby-sitting for Pep but now Rafa is ready to lead Chelsea

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09:37 GMT, 21 November 2012

'My ideas are near to the Milan of Arrigo Sacchi. I like technical and aggressive teams that don’t allow the opponents to play. I like teams that play the ball with speed and look to score with as few passes as possible.' – Rafa Benitez (2004)

When Montse Benitez handed her newborn baby to husband Rafa for night-feeding duties she expected little else.

For the next three months, at 4am every morning, the proud father would feed his baby daughter until she peacefully settled. Yet it wasn't the sweet background sound of nursery rhymes that prompted young Miss Benitez to slumber but the whirring of an old video recorder playing football videos as her doting father studied footage of his side's next opposition.

Some call it dedication, some would call it obsession. It is a quality that often strained relationships among his Liverpool staff but it is one that also brought memorable results.

Challenge: Rafa Benitez would be up to the task of taking over at Chelsea

Challenge: Rafa Benitez would be up to the task of taking over at Chelsea

Last year when Chelsea came calling, Benitez wanted assurances that he wasn't just baby-sitting for Pep Guardiola. Budget wasn't an issue, he wanted a challenge that he could turn into a legacy.

Today Benitez is addressing the Abu Dhabi Sports Council with a talk about football coaching; the differing styles between Spanish, English and Italian leagues and the structures of football clubs. He talks from experience and is on comfortable ground. However, Benitez is now ready to take risks. To steal his phrase, that's fact.

Talk to Benitez and he is charming company. There is a recognition that he became embroiled in the wrong arguments at Liverpool and Inter Milan but also a burning desire to prove he can bring success to any club.

Passion: Benitez would thrive on the vacant job at Stamford Bridge

Burning desire: Benitez wants to prove he can be a success at any club but does not want to be a babysitter for Pep Guardiola (below)

In the shadows: Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola

A deep thinker and supreme strategist he can't help but talk in football nuances. How running in a side-on lateral movement gives you greater chance of recovering possession, how closing down the left-footed centre back when on his right steals an advantage or simply when demonstrating tactical moves with his prized chess set, two salt cellars or a bowl of fat cut chips – Benitez thrives on the challenge of the game.

Though with Roman Abramovich he seeks an assurance he can be allowed to do the job, the demands of the task do not trouble him. Nor does the status of any player.

Steven Gerrard probably never forgave him for the day he substituted Liverpool's iconic captain during a Merseyside derby at Goodison Park. Yet his replacement, Lucas Leiva, went on to win the decisive penalty. 'Gerrard,' Benitez said, 'was playing with too much passion.'

Fernando Torres was non-plussed as he was unceremoniously taken off when Liverpool toiled against Birmingham City. Benitez was adamant his striker's health needed protecting. Days later Torres tore Benfica apart in a UEFA Cup quarter final.

They've got previous: Benitez bought Torres when he was in charge at Liverpool

They've got previous: Benitez bought Torres when he was in charge at Liverpool

Glory days: Benitez guided Liverpool to Champions League success in 2005

Glory days: Benitez guided Liverpool to Champions League success in 2005

How Chelsea would love those sort of problems.

Torres is the great enigma. Dropped last night, there is a recognition that the 50million striker must be sacrificed but Benitez can save Abramovich that embarrassment. He believes he can bring out the best in his compatriot and still harness the finesse of Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard to boot.

Abramovich wants victory with style. The problem is idealistic choice Guardiola would come without the well-laid foundations that preceded his project at Barcelona. Benitez has confidence he can deliver now.

The Anglophile may drive a Union Jack mini by choice but Benitez can accelerate Abramovich's Rolls-Royce of a squad to the glory days they yearn for.

Raheem Sterling interviewed by police over alleged attack on woman in Liverpool

England teenager Sterling quizzed by cops over alleged attack on woman in Liverpool

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UPDATED:

10:33 GMT, 20 November 2012

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling was interviewed by Merseyside Police in connection with an alleged attack on a woman earlier this month.

The 17-year-old made his international debut for England last week against Sweden and has enjoyed a fine start so far in what is his breakthrough season at Anfield.

Quizzed: Raheem Sterling was interviewed by police

Quizzed: Raheem Sterling was interviewed by police

But it is reported that the teenager was
quizzed by police under caution after he reported to a Merseyside
station by prior appointment on November 5 – three days after the
alleged attack on a 27-year-old woman took place in the Liverpool 8
area.

Jamaican-born Sterling, who joined Liverpool two years ago from QPR, was not arrested, however, and the police revealed that investigations are ongoing.

‘Merseyside police can confirm that a 17-year-old male from the Woolton area was interviewed under caution following a report of an assault on Friday, November 2,’ a police spokesperson told the Daily Mirror.

On the ball: Sterling made his international debut for England against Sweden last week

On the ball: Sterling made his international debut for England against Sweden last week

‘A 27-year-old woman received slight injuries during the incident in the Liverpool 8 area.

‘The investigation is ongoing and no formal action has been taken.’

The Mirror reported that Liverpool declined to comment on the police interview.

Sterling, who has a five-month old daughter Melody Rose, turns 18 next month and is in line to receive a new bumper deal at Liverpool to secure his long-term future at Anfield.

England paceman Steven Finn ruled out of first Test in India

England set to turn to Bresnan after Finn ruled out of first Test in India

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07:08 GMT, 14 November 2012

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UPDATED:

08:03 GMT, 14 November 2012

Steven Finn has been ruled out of England's first Test against India by a thigh strain.

England captain Alastair Cook confirmed that Finn would miss out in a press conference in Ahmedabad.

'Steven will not be available for tomorrow's Test', said Cook. 'It would be too big a risk.'

Sit this one out: England are unwilling to risk aggravating Steven Finn's injury

Sit this one out: England are unwilling to risk aggravating Steven Finn's injury

England are already contemplating a gamble on Stuart Broad's fitness as he has been troubled by a bruised heel.

Cook did not confirm who would replace Finn at the Sarwar Patel Stadium but seamer Tim Bresnan is the favourite to get the nod.

Fellow seamer Graham Onions and spinner Monty Panesar would be alternatives to Bresnan.

One bowler England will have available to them is Graeme Swann, with the off-spinner back in India following an emergency dash home to tend to his ill baby daughter.

Swann returned home last week after his daughter Charlotte was taken into hospital, but he has now rejoined the team ahead of the four-Test series.

In his column in the Sun, Swann wrote: 'I am now totally focused on the first Test after flying home because our little baby was unwell.

Face fits: Tim Bresnan shows off his own take on Movember

Face fits: Tim Bresnan with his own take on Movember

'Two long-haul
flights in the space of five days is not ideal preparation for the
opening match of a huge series for England – but some things are more
important than cricket.'

Although Swann missed several days of practice, the spinner insisted he feels ready to go.

'I had sleep flying back to India and any jet-lag has gone. I'm fresh
and the ball has been coming out well in practice,' he wrote.

'I am now concentrating on the Test. I love it when I know I'll have a
lot of work to do. The conditions will be hot, the pitches dry and spin
will be a big factor in the four-Test series.

'I genuinely believe we can win but we must play better against spin
than we did in the three Tests against Pakistan earlier this year.

'We need to get back to playing the same brand of smart, aggressive
cricket we did when winning The Ashes a couple of winters ago.'

Much of the focus in the build-up to the Test has surrounded Kevin
Pietersen's return to the team for the first time since he was dropped
for sending 'provocative' text messages to members of the South Africa
team.
Swann has welcomed Pietersen back to the fold and believes he can make a big difference in India.

'I hope we'll play sensible but aggressive cricket,' he said.

Ready for action: Spinner Graeme Swann

Ready for action: Spinner Graeme Swann

'Nobody can be more destructive, of course, than Kevin Pietersen and his return to the dressing room has been very smooth.

'I think that was always going to be the case after those meetings with
him in Oxford before the tour. That effectively killed off anything that
happened during the summer and it's been the normal mickey-taking and
banter with Kevin.

'In any dressing room, there are always leg-pulling comments. Although I
must be honest and say Kevin is not the butt of most of the jokes
because there are one or two players specially reserved for that!

'Now we want the cricket to do the talking. And I'm sure Kevin feels the same way.'

England captain Cook would not be drawn on his plans to replace Finn in the bowling line-up, and resented the accusation that he was picking from the also-rans.

He told Sky Sports News: 'I wouldn't call them back-up bowlers, they're all vying for a place to play in this XI, to be lucky enough to play for England.

'They've all worked hard to get used to these conditions and as selectors we've got a tough decision to make.'

Cook admitted he had not been out to check on the condition of the wicket at Ahmedabad since yesterday morning.

'Wickets change a lot in 24 hours,' he added. 'Yesterday it looked quite a dry wicket and I think it's been relaid so not much first-class cricket has been played on it.'

Graeme Swann returns to England squad after return to see ill daughter

England enjoy full complement of bowlers ahead of first Test after Swann returns

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07:47 GMT, 12 November 2012

Graeme Swann rejoined his England team-mates early this morning, after his 8,000-mile return trip home while his baby daughter was unwell.

England therefore have their full complement of players back on tour, and are confident Swann will suffer no ill-effects of his globe-trotting when the first Test starts against India on Thursday.

Back in the frame: After a brief dash home, Swann is back with the squad

Back in the frame: After a brief dash home, Swann is back with the squad

They are increasingly but still only cautiously optimistic too about the fitness of Steven Finn and Stuart Broad, after the two fast bowlers bowled in the nets yesterday as they continue their recovery from respective thigh and heel injuries.

Swann arrived in Ahmedabad at around 6am today, having spent a handful of days at home after his flight to the UK in the middle of last week.

England believe the off-spinner, key to their prospects in the four-Test series, will have sufficient time to get over his long-distance travel and ready himself for the challenge ahead. 'It's great his little one's okay,' said assistant coach Richard Halsall.

Bowled over: Finn and Broad both came through net sessions yesterday

Bowled over: Finn and Broad both came through net sessions yesterday

Bowled over: Finn and Broad both came through net sessions yesterday

'I wouldn't have thought he'd have been thinking about staying in the Indian time zone back home.

'He's a fantastic Test cricketer. He's got three days now to get himself ready – and with someone of Graeme's experience, he'll be fine for 930 on Thursday.'

Tim Bresnan takes two wickets as monkey invades pitch in Ahmedabad

No monkeying around as Bresnan takes two wickets to boost chances of selection for first Test

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12:57 GMT, 9 November 2012

As the afternoon drew to a close in
Ahmedabad, a monkey held up play as he bounded across the pitch. It may have
been the most energetic moment of an unexceptional day.

Tim Bresnan stayed in the hunt for a place in next week’s first Test against India as England’s bowlers were made to work hard on the second afternoon of their four-day match against Haryana.

With Steven Finn bowling three overs off his full run in the nets for the first time since leaving the field with a thigh strain on the opening day of the tour, Bresnan kept up the pressure on the selectors by bouncing out Haryana opener Nitin Saini, then returning after tea to have Abhimanyu Khod caught in the slips.

King of the swingers: The presence of a langur monkey stops play in Ahmedabad

King of the swingers: The presence of a langur monkey stops play in Ahmedabad

King of the swingers: The presence of a langur monkey stops play in Ahmedabad

King of the swingers: The presence of a langur monkey stops play in Ahmedabad

At stumps, Haryana were 172 for 4 in reply to England’s mammoth 521, but the tourists remain uncertain as to the make-up of their seam attack for Thursday’s first Test in Ahmedabad.

Finn is said to be recovering more quickly than expected and, with England desperate to unleash his pace on India’s batsmen in the Tests, they could be prepared to take a risk on a bowler who sent down only four first-class overs all tour.

Stuart Broad’s recovery from a bruised heel is less clear-cut, since England will not know how well he is faring until he is able to put pressure on his left foot.

Staking a claim: Bresnan took two wickets to keep in contention

Staking a claim: Bresnan took two wickets to keep in contention

Staking a claim: Bresnan took two wickets to keep in contention

In the absence of both men – plus Graeme Swann, who has flown home because his baby daughter is unwell, and James Anderson, who has been rested – England chipped away on a merciless pitch at the Motera B Ground.

Bresnan looks set for selection at Ahmedabad should either Finn or Broad fail to get fit in time, but there was no joy on Friday for either Graham Onions or Stuart Meaker, playing his first game since joining the tour on Tuesday as cover for Finn.

Late arrival: Meaker played his first game of the tour

Late arrival: Meaker played his first game of the tour

Samit Patel and Monty Panesar took a wicket each with their left-arm spin, but there was less good news for Matt Prior, who left the field twice after lunch with an upset stomach and was later replaced behind the stumps by Jonny Bairstow.

The swap, though, was not straightforward. At first the umpires, in consultation with the match referee, would not allow Prior to leave the pitch, citing law 2.2 to England captain Alastair Cook. It reads: ‘No substitute shall act as wicket-keeper.’

Controversy: Cook (left) was originally told that Prior (right) could not leave the field

Controversy: Cook (left) was originally told that Prior (right) could not leave the field

But the match referee spoke to the BCCI, and the Indian board gave England permission to make the change, allowing Prior to recover in the pavilion – although one team-mate was heard to suggest that he was in fact ‘spewing’.

Earlier, England turned their overnight 408 for 4 into a total of 521, with Ian Bell adding only five before edging to slip to depart for 62, and Patel continuing his outstanding form on this trip with a stylish 66.

Prior hit 41 in 35 balls before he was stumped on the charge, and the tail went in a hurry as the last five fell for 14.

For those keen to track England’s progress in the warm-ups against spin, it was worth noting that leg-spinner Amit Mishra and rookie off-spinner Jayant Yadav finished with combined figures of 8 for 177. Haryana’s four seamers claimed 1 for 332.

Monkey business: The animal stole the headlines on an unremarkable day

Monkey business: The animal stole the headlines on an unremarkable day

Graeme Swann set to return for first Test against India

England handed boost as Swann expected to return to squad for first Test against India

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UPDATED:

17:21 GMT, 7 November 2012

Graeme Swann is expected to play in the first Test against India despite returning to England to be with his ill daughter.

A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board on Wednesday revealed that Swann had already returned home to be with his family.

The 33-year-old spinner is, however, expected to return in time for the start of the four-Test series in Ahmedabad on November 15.

Boost: Graeme Swann (right) is set to return to the England squad for their first Test with India

Boost: Graeme Swann (right) is set to return to the England squad for their first Test with India

'Graeme Swann has returned home to support his family and spend time with his daughter who is currently unwell. Swann will return to India ahead of the first Test in Ahmedabad, commencing November 15,' the statement read.

'This is a personal matter and we would ask for everyone to give Graeme and his family privacy. We will not be making any further comment at this time.'

Swann will therefore miss England’s final four-day preparation match against Haryana, which begins in Ahmedabad tomorrow, to be with his daughter who was born shortly before he flew out to India.

The spinner also missed last week’s three-day game against Mumbai A and while his absence is untimely as England look to complete their preparations ahead of their quest for a first Test series win in India for 28 years, it will throw the onus on Monty Panesar to prove his credentials.

Up for it: Swann has travelled home to be with his ill daughter in England

Up for it: Swann has travelled home to be with his ill daughter in England

Panesar has not played since he and Swann went wicketless in the first innings as England lost the first Test on the tour of Sri Lanka earlier this year.

Swann has, however, previously stated his preference to bowl in tandem with another spinner and the pair enjoyed success together on the sub-continent against Pakistan at the start of the year.

Panesar took 14 wickets in the two Tests he played, with Swann grabbing a further nine, to underline their importance on the slow wickets England are set to face over the next two months.

The duo will now not bowl alongside each other before the first Test, however, after they split the opening two tour games between them.

Swann grabbed figures of three for 90 in the tour opener against India A while Panesar returned three for 64 in Mumbai last week.

Another dimension: Swann's spin will give England more options in the attack

Another dimension: Swann's spin will give England more options in the attack