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Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott out of Arsenal"s Premier League clash with Reading

Crocked Wilshere STILL missing for Arsenal and Walcott is out, too… but Wenger confident Gunners will finish in top four

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

09:56 GMT, 28 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:17 GMT, 28 March 2013

Jack Wilshere has been ruled out of Arsenal's Barclays Premier League clash with Reading on Saturday.

The Arsenal midfielder hasn't played for the North London outfit since he injured his ankle in their defeat at Tottenham earlier this month.

Theo Walcott, who picked up a pelvic muscle tear on international duty, will also miss the visit of the relegation-threatened club this weekend.

Sidelined: Jack Wilshere will not be fit to face Reading at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday

Sidelined: Jack Wilshere will not be fit to face Reading at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday

Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott

Blow: Theo Walcott left the England camp early after picking up a groin strain before the San Marino clash

'Wilshere is still out,' said Wenger. 'Walcott is an accident that could have happened.'

The Arsenal boss also insisted he had no issue with England manager Roy Hodgson.

'When it’s competitive for England, like it was in the last two games, the manager has to pick his best team,' added Wenger.

'There's no ideal way when your
international manger is under pressure to deliver. There can be
complications between the two medical departments – because you can send
a player who is half-injured and they still play, so it is about
communication. But we have a good relationship with England.'

Arsenal host Reading on Saturday four
points adrift of rivals Tottenham having played one game less, and
despite the injury concerns at Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger remains
confident the Gunners will qualify for the Champions League.

'There are nine games to go, five at
home and four away, and with the form we showed at Bayern Munich and
Swansea, I think we have a very good chance of finishing in the top
four.

'We have a special desire to be together at this club. This is a good opportunity for us and we want to grab this chance.'

Reading will arrive at the Emirates
seven points adrift of safety and under a new regime after former
Southampton boss Nigel Adkins was appointed earlier this week.

'We may play a team who are fighting
not to go down, but we fight to get in the top four so those games are
just as important for us, too,' added Wenger.

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PSG and former Chelsea performance chief Nick Broad killed in car crash

Cole and Reid lead tributes after PSG and former Chelsea performance chief Broad killed in car crash

By
Dave Wood

PUBLISHED:

23:16 GMT, 18 January 2013

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UPDATED:

23:16 GMT, 18 January 2013

Former Chelsea Head of Sports Science Nick Broad was killed in a car crash on Friday. He was 38.

The Englishman was part of Carlo Ancelotti's backroom staff during his two-year spell at Stamford Bridge from 2009. His role spanned both the coaching and medical departments.

Wel, respected: Nick Broad pictured with Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain

Wel, respected: Nick Broad pictured with Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain

He then followed the Italian to Paris St Germain, where he was the club's performance manager.

Broad, who began his career as a
sports nutritionist at Blackburn Rovers, died in hospital after a road
traffic accident on the outskirts of Paris.

West Brom defender Steven Reid, who
worked with Broad at Blackburn, tweeted: 'Absolutely shocking news that
Nick Broad has died in a road accident.. Worked with Nick at BRFC..
Thoughts go out to his family!! #legend.'

And former Blackburn and Manchester United striker
Andrew Cole added: 'Just heard the news about nick broad shocking news
worked with him at blackburn rovers. Heart goes out to his family.'

The French football league reportedly rejected a request to
postpone PSG's match with Bordeaux on Sunday.

Barnsley check players" cars in bid to solve injury crisis

Driven mad! Barnsley boss Hill probes players' cars in bid to solve injury riddle

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UPDATED:

15:44 GMT, 31 August 2012

Barsnley manager Keith Hill is being driven so mad by his team's injury crisis that he has checked the cars they are driving.

Hill will be without 11 players for the second weekend running at home to Bristol City and has had just 12 senior players in training this week.

Hill said: 'To legislate for the type of injuries we’ve got, you must have really seriously good finances, which unfortunately we haven’t got.

Injury crisis: Championship club Barnsley have been rocked by a host of sidelined stars

Injury crisis: Championship club Barnsley have been rocked by a host of sidelined stars

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'We’ve looked at every possible reason for the injuries. We’ve even gone so far to look at the type of car the players are driving and the distance they are travelling each day.

'Especially for those with hamstring problems where we’ve sought advice from sports science departments at Premier League clubs and they are coming up with types of cars for hamstring injuries and seating positions for the duration of the journey.

'We’ve been assured everything we’ve been doing on the training pitch is correct and we just can’t find the reason why we are picking up so many injures other than the possibility of travelling and the type of car they are driving.'

Driven mad: Barnsley boss Keith Hill is desperate to find a solution to his club's injury problems

Driven mad: Barnsley boss Keith Hill is desperate to find a solution to his club's injury problems

London 2012 Olympics: Tim Brabants signs off with new blast at the drug cheats

Brabants signs off with new blast at the drug cheats

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UPDATED:

19:51 GMT, 8 August 2012

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Britain’s Olympic team may have lost
its greatest canoeist but accident and emergency departments in the East
Midlands have regained a doctor with the demise of Tim Brabants in
Wednesday's 1,000 metres race.

The multi-talented paddler will
return soon to his most important work and medical matters were not far
from his mind as he had a last swipe at drug cheats in his and other
sports.

Kayak king: Eirik Veras Larsen with van Koeverden (left) and Max Hoff (right)

Kayak king: Eirik Veras Larsen with van Koeverden (left) and Max Hoff (right)

Having come last in the final of the event he won in Beijing, Brabants again made clear his strong feelings that penalties for those who seek to gain unfair advantage are insufficient, although he was not referring to anyone who beat him in what looks like his last Olympic race.

‘Unfortunately there are guys I’ve raced against in the last 12 years who have disappeared with a two-year ban and then they are back and race again,’ said Brabants after finishing eight seconds behind champion Eirik Veras Larsen of Norway.

‘But all we can do as British athletes is promote drug-free sport.

Off the pace: Tim Brabants can be seen in the distance after finishing eighth

Off the pace: Tim Brabants can be seen in the distance after finishing eighth

‘I’m happy for the guys who made the podium today because I know they are good athletes and clean athletes.

‘My biggest problem is letting all the people down, the home crowd. I really wanted to add to the tally of Team GB.’

Brabants only just made yesterday’s final and knew he was not in as good
a shape as in 2008, having missed six months through ripping a pectoral
tendon in late 2010. He was adamant that he will not give up the sport
altogether but conceded that his days as an Olympian are probably at an
end.

‘Another four years is a tough one,’ he said. ‘I’m 35 now. Rio is
unlikely and unrealistic but I don’t want to give up just yet.’

Not to be: Tim Brabants could not repeat his success of four years ago

Not to be: Tim Brabants could not repeat his success of four years ago

Don"t be a Twit on Twitter, Premier League stars warned

Premier League stars offered advice on how to avoid falling foul on Twitter

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UPDATED:

21:44 GMT, 7 August 2012

Controversy: Rio Ferdinand

Controversy: Rio Ferdinand

Footballers are being prepared for the
new season with expert advice on avoiding the pitfalls of drugs,
gambling and social networking.

FA disciplinary chiefs will have
visited more than 60 professional clubs before the end of this month,
focusing mainly on the perils of Twitter.

Rio Ferdinand and Emmanuel Frimpong
are two Barclays Premier League players already caught up in the FA's
new vigilant stance on tweeting.

The pair are charged with misconduct. Frimpong used an insulting term
in reply to Tottenham fans and Ferdinand retweeted an offensive comment
about Ashley Cole.

A player
from the Women's Super League was banned for 70 days for racist abuse
aimed at a rival on Twitter, even though the target gave evidence to
insist it was only 'banter'.

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An
Isthmian League player was also fined last season for attaching the
hash-tag phrase 'cheating b*****d' to a Tweet about the referee.

The FA have been anxious to remind
players that Twitter is a public forum, 'banter' is best exchanged
privately and that they are responsible for retweets because it is, in
effect, republishing.

Advice to those who tweet in the heat of the moment is to 'delete and apologise' as soon as possible, although that does not avert disciplinary action.

Players have been especially reminded of the dangers of supplements after Barnet's Mark Marshall was banned for two years in May for testing positive for a substance consumed in a supplement called Jack3d.

This has proved to be more of a problem for clubs in the lower leagues because they cannot afford sports science departments to closely monitor players' diets.