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Tim Bresnan back to bowling in a fortnight after elbow operation

Bresnan to get back in the swing of things in a fortnight after undergoing elbow operation

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

19:53 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

19:54 GMT, 3 April 2013

On the comeback trail: Tim Bresnan

On the comeback trail: Tim Bresnan

England bowler Tim Bresnan will return to action in a fortnight following an operation on his right elbow.

The 28-year-old, who was named in a 30-man England squad for the summer season, underwent an operation in February and missed the tour of New Zealand.

The Yorkshireman is set to play in the three-day friendly against Lancashire at Headingley, which starts a week on Tuesday.

Bresnan said: ‘It would be wise to go into a friendly first up. I’m hoping to be fully fit and take a full part in that game and all the other games after that.’

Six Nations 2013: Tom Croft and Joe Launchbury named in England XV for Wales game

Launchbury passed fit and Croft returns for England's Grand Slam decider with Wales

By
Rob Wildman

PUBLISHED:

10:16 GMT, 14 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:12 GMT, 14 March 2013

England today named key forward Joe Launchbury to start against Wales on Saturday despite the lock sustaining an elbow injury last Sunday against Italy.

The inform Wasps lock has had treatment all week on an elbow injury raising concern that he would miss out on England’s attempt at winning a first Grand Slam 2003.

But Launchbury was given the all-clear
this morning for a Cardiff showdown which will see England field a team
showing four changes to the one which started out in the disappointing
18-11 win over Italy.

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Back in action: Tom Croft is set to start for England for the first time since breaking his neck

Back in action: Tom Croft is set to start for England for the first time since breaking his neck

As predicted by Sportsmail, fly half
Owen Farrell, scrum-half Ben Youngs and flanker Tom Croft all return
while prop Joe Marler has won the vote ahead of Mako Vunipola at loose
head.

The four players who miss out – fly
half Toby Flood, scrum-half Danny Care, flanker James Haskell and
Vunipola – are all included on the England bench.

England's head coach coach Stuart
Lancaster said: ‘We want to finish well on what will be a fantastic
occasion in Cardiff. It will be a great experience for our English team.

'Every single player, whether they are
in the 23 or not this Saturday, has contributed to getting us in this
position and they should be proud of that.

'The support of the country has been great throughout the tournament and I am sure they will be right behind us come 5-o-clock.'

He added: 'Tom's extra lineout
presence will hopefully give us an advantage. He is clearly a quality
player and he has had a great impact since he has come back into the
team.

Ready for battle: Croft will try and help England win the Grand Slam

Ready for battle: Croft will try and help England win the Grand Slam

Ready to go: Launchbury has been passed fit to face Wales

Ready to go: Launchbury has been passed fit to face Wales

England team

'I see it as an 80-minute game. James Haskell's impact coming off the bench will serve us better.'

Lancaster took the same approach to his decision to start with Marler and use Mako Vunipola as a high-impact replacement.

“Both props will play a big contribution. We believe Joe will give us the solidity in the scrum and then as the game wears on Mako will come on and do his thing.”

Although Flood kicked all of England's points against Italy and did little wrong, Farrell has reclaimed the fly-half jersey after shaking the thigh injury he sustained against France.

The Saracens fly-half did not enjoy his best day against Les Bleus but he will bring control and defensive ferocity which England will need in the cauldron of the Millennium Stadium.

“Clearly Wales will target that area and they will be coming down that channel and I am sure Owen will be ready for some work. We have got a big challenge coming our way but we will be ready for it,' Lancaster said.

Farrell and Youngs managed the game expertly against Ireland in Dublin earlier in the tournament and Lancaster will want them to replicate that performance.

England are chasing their first Grand Slam in a decade but Saturday's clash is a genuine title decider, with Wales capable of retaining their crown.

Inside Line: Season 3, Episode 9

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Lancaster is yet to lose an away game in the Six Nations and he believes those experiences and the memory of beating New Zealand at home in December will stand his men in good stead.

'When you look at this Welsh side, there are not many weaknesses,' Lancaster said.

'It will take an outstanding effort but we have done it before, we have been to away games and won. We have played the best side in the world at home and won.

'We have to deal with the occasion and play with composure and accuracy. There is a quiet self-belief.'

Anthony Taylor West Ham Everton poor performance – Graham Poll

West Ham and Everton unite in disappointment at abject performance by ref Taylor

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UPDATED:

23:34 GMT, 23 December 2012

The season of goodwill to all men started this weekend and referees tested that sentiment with a number of baffling decisions. Red cards and penalties were the main bones of contention but one assistant referee standing up to be counted in the battle against the holding and blocking at set pieces looked at odds with the rest of his colleagues.

Referees know that they will seldom drive home with praise ringing in their ears but it is unusual to incur the wrath of both managers and all 35,000 fans in attendance. However, Anthony Taylor managed exactly that after a poor display of officiating at Upton Park.

The red cards shown to Carlton Cole and Darron Gibson were, at very best, extremely harsh, particularly that of the West Ham striker who watched the ball through the air. Whilst his foot was high I could not see any reason to dismiss him. I think Taylor reacted too quickly to what he thought he saw rather than wait and reflect; the best referees, rather like the best players, appear to have more time than others.

Kicking up a stink: Darron Gibson and Carlton Cole were both sent off

Kicking up a stink: Darron Gibson and Carlton Cole were both sent off

Kicking up a stink: Darron Gibson and Carlton Cole were both sent off

Shocker: Few agreed with Anthony Taylor's decision to send them off

Shocker: Few agreed with Anthony Taylor's decision to send them off

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Taylor is a good referee who had a bad day and should look at his more experienced colleagues and learn from them – in particular Howard Webb, who is excellent at taking his time to give himself the best possibility of getting decisions correct – as he did at St Mary’s when waving away the home team's penalty appeals.

Mike Dean is another excellent referee enjoying a good season but he angered Reading boss Brian McDermott at the Etihad on Saturday. I had a little sympathy for McDermott who's team had battled well at the home of the Champions and deserved a penalty. McDermott wanted the kick for a block on Jay Tabb but I felt the penalty should have been awarded for handball by a City defender before contact was made with Tabb.

Of course, McDermott’s mood was not helped by conceding the only goal of the game to a Gareth Barry header. There was nothing wrong with Dean’s judgement with that goal despite McDermott’s insistence that Barry had climbed on Nicky Shorey’s shoulders. Barry was merely more determined to win the ball, which disappointingly Shorey made no attempt to play.

As usual the claim was made that the
referee was favouring the 'big team', a view which was unfounded at the
Etihad but did hold water up the road at Wigan. Roberto Martinez has
often complained about rough justice and after having a soft, but
correct, penalty awarded against him he was denied two, clearer
penalties for handball by referee Jon Moss.

High hopes: Gareth Barry rises to beat Nicky Shorey to the ball

High hopes: Gareth Barry rises to beat Nicky Shorey to the ball

Martinez is an intelligent manager who knows the laws and perceptively stated that neither Kieran Gibbs nor Thomas Vermaelen had their arms in natural positions when they blocked Wigan shots – exactly the phrase referees are asked to consider at possible hand ball situations.

Finally, we return to Upton Park, where the first decision of the game probably set the tone for the match when after just four minutes Everton had a goal disallowed for a block on the West Ham keeper. The offence by Victor Anichebe was a minor infringement and apparently given by assistant Gary Beswick, who was almost 50 yards away and looking through players and a goal post. Worse holding offences happened all over the country and went unpunished and Beswick must realise that a consistent approach is required.

Let’s hope that our beleaguered match officials get what they are hoping for tomorrow before returning to action on Boxing Day.

Leeds boss Neil Warnock admits FA improper conduct charge but fights touchline ban

Leeds boss Warnock admits FA improper conduct charge but fights touchline ban

PUBLISHED:

12:57 GMT, 27 November 2012

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UPDATED:

12:57 GMT, 27 November 2012

Leeds manager Neil Warnock has
accepted an FA charge for improper conduct for his 'on-field behaviour'
following his side's 1-0 defeat at Millwall earlier this month.

Warnock was furious that referee Mark
Halsey dismissed Luke Varney three minutes into the second half for an
apparent elbow on Adam Smith.

Seeing red: Leeds United's manager Neil Warnock (left) and Luke Varney (centre)

Seeing red: Leeds United's manager Neil Warnock (left) and Luke Varney (centre)

Warnock has not accepted the standard penalty of a touchline ban and fine for the offence and has requested a paper hearing, which means he will not be required to attend.

A statement on the FA's website read: 'Neil Warnock has accepted an FA charge for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to improper conduct following his side's game at Millwall on 18 November 2012.

'The Leeds United manager has, however, not accepted the standard penalty 1 for the breach and requested a paper hearing.'

Mark Noble defends Andy Carroll

Andy's not soft! Noble says if West Ham team-mate Carroll never went to ground he wouldn't win any fouls

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UPDATED:

21:28 GMT, 21 October 2012

Mark Noble has defended Andy Carroll from accusations he goes to ground too easily by arguing if the 6ft 3in England striker does not fall down he will never win fouls.

The West Ham midfielder responded to claims from Southampton’s Adam Lallana that Carroll won a succession of ‘soft’ free-kicks at Upton Park, two of which led to goals in the hosts’ 4-1 victory.

Carroll won five fouls in the match – the joint-most in the league with three others – and often struck an exasperated figure towards referee Neil Swarbrick at his perceived mistreatment.

Too easy Mark Noble defended Andy Carroll (left) for going down to easily

Too easy Mark Noble defended Andy Carroll (left) for going down to easily

But Lallana, who scored his first Premier League goal on Saturday, said: ‘Players are clever nowadays. You kind of draw fouls and it’s up to the referee whether he sees it as a foul, or whether he sees it as a player being soft.

‘Obviously they got a lot of free-kicks and put the ball in our area. But it’s not just down to that. We dealt with it fine first half, but obviously not the second.’

Noble, who scored directly from one set piece and earned a penalty when centre-back Jose Fonte handled another lofted ball, countered: ‘Andy’s a big man and if he doesn’t go down he won’t win any free-kicks because the refs think that’s he’s too big to get a free-kick.

‘When you’ve got somebody as big as Andy in the box he’s going to cause havoc. Centre-halves will be so desperate to win the ball that they’ll do anything.

'He got an elbow in the first half which went unpunished. But he can put up with it.’

Top form: Mark Noble (right) scored two goals against Southampton on Saturday

Top form: Mark Noble (right) scored two goals against Southampton on Saturday

Carles Puyol to miss Barcelona v Real Madrid

Barcelona hit by Puyol blow with injured captain to miss Real Madrid clash

PUBLISHED:

06:04 GMT, 3 October 2012

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UPDATED:

08:50 GMT, 3 October 2012

Barcelona centre back Carles Puyol
defender has been ruled out of Sunday's 'El Clasico' against Real
Madrid after dislocating his left elbow.

The 34-year-old captain required
hospital treatment after suffering the injury in Tuesday's 2-0 victory over Benfica in the Champions
League.

On the mend: Carles Puyol tweeted this picture from his hospital bed

On the mend: Carles Puyol tweeted this picture from his hospital bed

Puyoll, playing his first match since recovering from a knee problem, landed awkwardly after leaping for the ball at a corner in the 78th minute.

'We are waiting for more information but he will certainly miss the “Clasico”,' Barca coach Tito Vilanova said after the match.

The injury is a huge blow for Barcelona with Puyol's defensive partner Gerard Pique also sidelined.

Agony: Carles Puyol after dislocating his elbow

Agony: Carles Puyol after dislocating his elbow

Barcelona player Carles Puyol

Barcelona player Carles Puyol

Barca won in Lisbon, their second victory in two Group G games, thanks to goals from Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas.

'Now we have to forget about the Champions League and have a unique opportunity (on Sunday) to do things well at home,' said Barca fullback Dani Alves, who was visibly shaken by Puyol's injury. 'We know it is going to be a complicated match.'

The Catalans are eight points ahead of Real in La Liga after six matches.

Courtney Lawes ready for Northampton home return

Lawes wrestling with ring return but ready to make up for lost time on the pitch

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UPDATED:

18:44 GMT, 27 September 2012

Courtney Lawes is still grimacing at the memory of his short-lived title at Northampton this summer for being 'King of the Ring'.

The 6ft 5in England forward makes his first home start on Friday, against Wasps, after almost nine months of injury. He hurt a knee on New Year's Eve, cracked a shin bone in February and was on the way to recovery when he dislocated an elbow wrestling team-mates during pre-season training.

Lawes says he has learned to be philosophical over injuries, but the wrestling incident leaves the 23-year-old shaking his head.

Boost: Courtney Lawes back in action for Northampton last Saturday

Boost: Courtney Lawes back in action for Northampton last Saturday

'Now that was frustrating. We do 'King of the Ring' at the club, so you have to stay in if you win. I had won three bouts and I was just knackered.

'It all ended terribly wrong. You have to try. I was pushing myself to the limit and it all went a bit wrong.

'It’s hard to say (whether he will wrestle again) after you’ve had quite a bad injury like that.

'But it’s something we do in pre-season so it will be more than a year before I do it again – I don’t know yet.’

No go: Lawes is unlikely to play for England in the Autumn internationals following his injury

No go: Lawes is unlikely to play for England in the Autumn internationals following his injury

Lawes, who missed England’s summer tour to South Africa, spent some of his recovery time having a further tattoo completed on his left calf to go alongside those across his upper body.

'They are lucky,' he insists about the tattoos depicting Maori tribal markings and Japanese koi carp.

He is not the first leading player to be injured wrestling. Last summer, Leicester’s Ben Youngs damaged a knee in the run up to England’s World Cup campaign.

Such injuries have led to some coaches banning wrestling, but Northampton’s director of rugby Jim Mallinder remains among those who believe training injuries are a fact of life in professional rugby.

'Wrestling is a fantastic way of getting players conditioned during pre-season rather than having players involved in bone-on-bone hard collisions. They get plenty of those in the season from playing.

'It does have that element of injury, but we think it’s worthwhile and will keep doing it. It’s unfortunate, but if you are precautionary then you wouldn’t do a lot of things we do.'

Lawes starts on Friday at blindside flanker rather than lock where he has played most for England.

‘I do enjoy the fact that I can play in different places. But No 6 is where I prefer as I can get lot more space there. ‘There are a lot of good players for that position though, so I suppose I get put at lock because I’m so tall.’

For the moment, thoughts of England’s autumn internationals are on hold.

‘I have to play well for Northampton first and that’s what I’m concentrating on,’ he vows.

Andy Wilkinson banned for three games over Mario Balotelli elbow incident

Stoke defender Wilkinson lands three-match ban over Balotelli elbow incident

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UPDATED:

13:04 GMT, 20 September 2012

Andy Wilkinson will serve a three-match ban after Stoke decided not to contest an FA charge of violent conduct over an incident involving Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

Wilkinson was caught on camera raising his right arm into the face of Balotelli during Saturday's 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium.

Ban: Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson will serve a three-match suspension after appearing to catch Mario Balotelli with his elbow

Ban: Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson (below) will serve a three-match suspension after appearing to catch Mario Balotelli with his elbow

Tussle: Mario Balotelli and Andy Wilkinson scrap for the ball

Referee Mark Clattenburg and his officials did not see the incident, meaning the FA were clear to take action against Wilkinson.

The Stoke defender has until 6pm on Thursday to respond, but the Potters have decided to accept the charge and subsequent ban.

Andy Wilkinson charged for elbowing Mario Balotelli

Wilkinson hit with violent conduct charge after Balotelli elbow incident

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UPDATED:

13:58 GMT, 18 September 2012

Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson has been charged with violent conduct following an incident with Manchester City's Mario Balotelli in Saturday's 1-1 draw between the sides.

Wilkinson was said to elbow the Italian and could receive a three-match ban.

Tussle: Mario Balotelli and Andy Wilkinson scrap for the ball

Tussle: Mario Balotelli and Andy Wilkinson scrap for the ball

Balotelli went down after an off-the-ball clash with Wilkinson, the pair having shadowed each other
most of the afternoon.

The officials missed the incident but
it was caught on video and now Wilkinson has until 6pm on Wednesday
September 19 to respond to the charge.

Alan Pardew wants communication with international bosses to improve

Pardew wants communication with international bosses to improve after raft of injuries

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UPDATED:

20:03 GMT, 13 September 2012

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has called for more stringent control and assessment of players on international duty after confirming Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini are both out for at least two games.

Krul hurt his elbow after taking part in a post-match warm-down with Holland this week while captain Coloccini has suffered another hamstring injury with Argentina which forced him out of their game with Peru.

In the spotlight: Kruil injured himself on international duty with Holland

In the spotlight: Kruil injured himself on international duty with Holland

Pardew, who saw Krul win his fourth
cap in Holland's 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Turkey, is angry that
the two key players are out of Monday's visit to Everton at least.

Pardew said: 'I just feel, as managers, that we should know what the players are doing at international level.

'With the technology we have got, the
GPS systems and everything else, we should be able to see the mileage
they've done, the training and minutes they've done. Whether it's
Uganda, United States to England, we should have that report.

'We have lost Colo twice on
international duty so we have put in a procedure to inform us when we
are handing them over. We want to make sure they are looked after.

'It is a shame for Tim because he got
the number one jersey and he trained after the game which we found a bit
strange but it offers an opportunity to our other keepers.'

Get in touch: Pardew wants more news from international managers

Get in touch: Pardew wants more news from international managers

In addition, key midfielder Cheick Tiote is still struggling to shake off the calf problem which has prevented his participation since the opening day of the season, and his return is far from imminent.

Pardew said: 'Cheick, I would say, is touch and go for next week too, so we are down on what you would like to select from.

'But we have still got very, very good players in the building, so I have got no issues.

'We have lost three of our back five that started the season – that's a significant blow for us because we are not a Chelsea or a Manchester United, who can bring in international players to replace them.

'Having said that, I think our replacements are strong. We are not that much down on going there with those guys.'