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Phil Jones and Jonny Evans injured Manchester United v Real Madrid

Ferguson facing defensive headache for Madrid after Evans and Jones are forced off

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

18:03 GMT, 10 February 2013

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UPDATED:

18:14 GMT, 10 February 2013

Manchester United's preparations for their Champions League showdown with Real Madrid have been hit by two fresh injury blows.

United face Jose Mourinho's side at the Bernabeu on Wednesday but could be without Phil Jones and Jonny Evans who were forced off with injury in United's 2-0 win over Everton at Old Trafford this afternoon.

Ferguson could now be left with a defensive headache for his side's trip to Spain.

Blow: Phil Jones was injured tackling Everton's Kevin Mirallas

Blow: Phil Jones was injured tackling Everton's Kevin Mirallas

Manchester United's Phil Jones (right) is substituted for Michael Carrick (left)

The news is unlikely to ease Ferguson's anger that United's game against Everton was played today, just three days before the crunch European clash.

'There's no fairness at all,' he said. 'It's ridiculous to think that we play on Sunday and Real Madrid play on Saturday with that extra day's rest. We're not giving our teams a chance to be successful in Europe. Leagues in other countries make sacrifices for their teams.

'It's nothing to do with the FA, it's the Premier League. They agreed a contract with TV and they're in control. It's pointless complaining about these things all the time.'

Scramble: Jonny Evans was also forced off as United won at Old Trafford

Scramble: Jonny Evans was also forced off as United won at Old Trafford

Zlatan Ibrahimovic accused of stamping on opponent: Video

VIDEO: Ibrahimovic accused of stamping on opponent as PSG beat title rivals Lyon

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UPDATED:

16:59 GMT, 17 December 2012

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been accused of deliberately stamping on an opponent during Paris Saint-Germain's win over Ligue 1 rivals Lyon at the weekend.

Ibrahomovic appeared to be trying to jump over Dejan Lovren when his boot came down and caught the Lyon defender on the head and hand.

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Zlat's got to hurt: Ibrahimovic has been accused of stamping on Lyon defender Dejan Lovren

Zlat's got to hurt: Ibrahimovic has been accused of stamping on Lyon defender Dejan Lovren

Lovren has said he will leave it up to the authorities to decide as Ibrahimovic was not punished by referee Antony Gautier.

'Everyone told me that he did it on purpose,' said Lovren. 'In any case I have a very bad headache. I think it is serious but it is for the commission to do its work.'

But Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas was in no doubt and he told L'Equipe: 'He did it voluntarily, I'm sure. I do not like to see this kind of act.'

Sweden international Ibrahimovic set up Blaise Matuidi for the winner as PSG hit the top of the table, above Lyon and Marseille on goal difference.

Watch video of Zlatan's 'stamp'

Andreas Weimann wants to compete with Darren Bent at Aston Villa

Weimann ready to compete with injured Bent to give Lambert a selection 'headache' at Villa

PUBLISHED:

22:45 GMT, 12 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 12 December 2012

Andreas Weimann has vowed to keep giving manager Paul Lambert a selection ‘headache’ that will increase pressure on injured Darren Bent.

The 21-year-old replaced the England striker after just 35 minutes of Aston Villa’s Capital One Cup win over Norwich and scored twice to secure victory.

Bent was making his first start since October 20 and congratulated his teammate in the dressing room afterwards but was unable to stand after picking up a hamstring injury that could keep him out for four weeks.

Super sub: Andreas Weimann scored twice during Aston Villa's 4-1 win over Norwich

Super sub: Andreas Weimann scored twice during Aston Villa's 4-1 win over Norwich

It leaves open the possibility that Bent has played his last game for Villa, with clubs eager to sign the out-of-favour frontman when the January transfer window opens next month.

Lambert has declined to elaborate fully on why he is not picking the 24million signing and made it clear after the match that he was only starting because Weimann needed a rest.

The Austrian conceded Bent would be frustrated after coming off and said: ‘He started and wanted to show everyone that he can score goals for us and still wants to play for us.

‘But obviously it is disappointing that he has picked up an injury. Hopefully he can come back fit soon. It was unfortunate for Darren that he got injured, but for me it was good that I got on and was able to score two goals.

‘He congratulated me on the goals, although he couldn’t get up because his leg is injured.’

Crocked: Darren Bent (right) could be out of action for up to four weeks

Crocked: Darren Bent (right) could be out of action for up to four weeks

On target: Weimann helped his manager record a win over his former club

On target: Weimann helped his manager record a win over his former club

He added: ‘You want the manager to have a headache because that is when you do well as a team.

Everyone tries their best in training and whoever the gaffer picks we know will give their all. We are a tight group and nobody wants to let anyone else down.’

Lambert said: ‘One thing about Andy Weimann is that he’s a natural finisher and his work ethic to the game is absolutely brilliant.

'So whether he’s on X amount of money, whatever, you’ll get the same out of him every single game.

'I left him out just to give him a rest from the last couple of weeks.

The Villa boss added: '’I thought Darren was looking pretty sharp. It was just a blow for us. I don’t know how bad it is but he’s hurt it anyway. It’s just a thing we have to contend with next week.'

Liverpool"s Stewart Downing hopes Brendan Rodgers has selection headache

Downing eyes derby outing after giving Rodgers selection headache with Euro winner

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Netbuster: Stewart Downing settled a nervy Europa League tie in Liverpool's favour

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It was just the fourth goal of what has been a generally frustrating period for the 28-year-old England international following his move from Aston Villa in 2011, which has only grown more so since Rodgers succeeded Kenny Dalglish as Reds boss over the summer.

This season Downing has made only one Premier League start and the last time he played at all in the top flight was mid-September, but he is optimistic he may have put himself in contention to feature at Goodison Park with his efforts in the Anzhi win, which saw Liverpool move into top spot in Group A.

'It was satisfying to get the goal but the win was the most important thing,' said Downing, quoted in the Liverpool Echo.

'The only way you can prove yourself to the manager is out on the field. All I can do is score goals and try to play well.

'I want to be playing in the Premier League and I'd love to play in the derby. Hopefully I've given the manager food for thought.

'We've got a big squad and the lads have done well recently so I'm not sure if the manager will change things. But I'm ready and waiting for a chance and when it comes I have to make sure I take it.'

Pick me: Downing hopes Brendan Rodgers now turns to him more often

Pick me: Downing hopes Brendan Rodgers now turns to him more often

Downing took up the left-back position after Glen Johnson was substituted at the interval for Raheem Sterling.

'I enjoyed it at left-back – I've played there before,' added Downing. 'Glen was struggling a bit at half-time and the manager didn't want to risk him. I went there no problem and that's where I got the goal from.

'I don't think I've scored many better than that. That was a good one and I was very happy with it.'

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Ryan Bertrand in angry Twitter rant over illness

Bertrand lives up to billing as next Ashley Cole… with angry Twitter rant

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UPDATED:

10:57 GMT, 11 October 2012

A Chelsea left-back let rip with an extraordinary Twitter rant over his involvement with England – but it wasn't Ashley Cole.

Ryan Bertrand took to the social networking site in anger after pulling out of the squad for Friday night's match with San Marino.

Initial reports suggested a sore throat was to blame for Bertrand's withdrawal but the youngster insists he would bravely battle on with such an ailment and that his problem is more serious.

Not happy: Ryan Bertrand took to Twitter to clarify his situation

Not happy: Ryan Bertrand took to Twitter to clarify his situation

Bertrand tweeted: 'Just to clarify…. Its not a “sore throat” Im ill. swollen glands in my neck… And constant headache for 3 days now and freezin cold.

'Do you think a “sorethroat” could stop me being apart of a match for my club or country #yourf******nuts this is what every boy dreams of.'

Bertrand's club-mate Ashley Cole was forced to apologise for an x-rated tweet after a report from the FA criticised his evidence in the John Terry racism hearing.

Outburst: Ashley Cole (right) had to apologise for his tweets about the FA

Outburst: Ashley Cole (right) had to apologise for his tweets about the FA

After the emergence of the report, Cole tweeted: 'Hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did I, #BUNCHOFT****'

Cole later removed the tweet and apologised, saying: 'I had just finished training and saw the captions on the TV screens in the treatment rooms about what was said in the FA Commission ruling about me.

'I was really upset and tweeted my feelings in the heat of the moment. I apologise unreservedly for my comment about the FA.'

Jose Maria Olazabal has no worries over Nicolas Colsaerts

Olazabal has no Ryder Cup worries as Colsaerts plays a long game

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 15 September 2012

Davis Love has to integrate five rookies into his American Ryder Cup side, but Europe's Jose Maria Olazabal has no such headache.

Nicolas Colsaerts is the only European player travelling to Medinah in Chicago next week who has not played in the event, and there is no suggestion that the 29-year-old will not take to it like to a duck to water.

No worries: Nicolas Colsaerts looks to be in good form

No worries: Nicolas Colsaerts looks to be in good form

The big-hitting Belgium, ranked the longest driver on both the European and US Tours, is in brilliant form.

On Saturday, in the BMW Italian open third round in Turin, he shot a seven-under-par 65 to be four shots behind South African leader Garth Mulroy as he bids to extend a run that has seen team-mates Rory McIlroy, Paul Lawrie, Sergio Garcia and Peter Hanson win in recent weeks.

Colsaerts said: 'There's nothing lately that intimidates me. I know I am playing well and doing the right things.

Experienced: Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal

Experienced: Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal

'What really matters is to get to Medinah as prepared as I can be and in the best set of mind.'

More good news for Olazabal in Italy was Martin Kaymer confirming his return to form by shooting a 67 in the third round for a seven under total.

Anders Lindegaard in scrap for Manchester United No 1 jersey

Lindegaard in scrap for United No 1 jersey as Sir Alex admits keeper decision is big headache

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UPDATED:

09:16 GMT, 4 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Anders Lindegaard knows he has a battle on his hands to become Manchester United's No 1 goalkeeper.

A Red Devils fan as a kid, Lindegaard knew he was arriving as back-up to Edwin van der Sar when he signed from Norwegian outfit Aalesunds 18 months ago.

However, the 28-year-old famously introduced himself by declaring he was not at Old Trafford 'to pick my nose' and, until an ankle injury ended his season in January, he had been as good as his word, ousting 17million man David de Gea with a string of solid mid-season displays.

Red alert: De Gea and Lindegaard (right) will scrap is out for keeper's jersey

Red alert: De Gea and Lindegaard (right) will scrap is out for keeper's jersey

And, though he must start from scratch this season, Lindegaard had no hesitation signing a new four-year contract.

'I'm very pleased to have signed a new contract,' the Dane said. 'I'm glad and proud that the manager has shown the confidence he has in me by giving me a new deal.

'There is nowhere in the world I would rather be than right here.

'The competition for places is tough, as it should be in a club like this. It only makes us better as individuals and, more importantly, stronger as a team.

'It's what I have dreamt of all my life and nothing makes me more proud than wearing the Manchester United badge.'

Tough call: Fergie has conceded goalkeeper decision is causing a headache

Tough call: Fergie has conceded goalkeeper decision is causing a headache

Lindegaard will be will be part of the United squad that heads to Norway for tomorrow's friendly with Valerenga.

De Gea will also be present after Spain's surprisingly early Olympic demise.

And manager Sir Alex Ferguson admits it presents him with a welcome headache ahead of the new campaign.

'There is healthy competition in the goalkeeping department which is always good for the team, albeit a headache for me,' the Scot said.

'I am delighted he has signed a new contract and also delighted to see that he has clearly returned from the summer break in good shape after the disappointment of suffering an injury last season.'

Andy Carroll must forget price tag to succeed at Liverpool – Robbie Fowler

Carroll must forget 35m price tag to succeed, insists Reds legend Fowler

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UPDATED:

22:52 GMT, 12 July 2012

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler believes Andy Carroll will become a better player when he forgets about his 35million price tag and focuses on his personal strengths.

Towards the latter end of the season, and briefly at the European Championship, the 23-year-old began to show glimpses of the form which made him such a hit at Newcastle.

Despite that the England international is currently being linked with a move away from Anfield – either on loan or permanently – as it is perceived he does not fit the plans of new manager Brendan Rodgers.

How much Andy Carroll cost Liverpool a whopping 35m from Newcastle

How much Andy Carroll cost Liverpool a whopping 35m from Newcastle

Fowler believes the hefty price the Reds paid for Carroll, who became the most expensive British player on the back of Fernando Torres' 50million move to Chelsea in January 2011, has weighed heavy on the striker.

'Liverpool is a massive club. What Andy has to do is forget about the price tag and let other people worry about that,' said Fowler. 'It is not as if he was saying “Buy me for 35m”. The clubs agreed a fee but he has to forget about that.

'At times last year he tried to do a
little bit too much and tried to be a 35m player and not do the simple
things that got him the move in the first place ie: being a tough
forward to make and getting his elbows into defenders in a good
old-fashioned English centre-forward way.

'He has to continue what he was doing at the end of last season in being a headache for defenders as he looked a totally different player to the one at the start of the season.

'I know he only started one game (at Euro 2012) but I thought he was fantastic and caused the Sweden defence a lot of problems.

'It was a little bit reminiscent of what he was doing for Liverpool at the end of the season when I think he believed in himself a bit more.'

Break: Carroll is relaxing on holiday before returning for pre-season

Break: Carroll is relaxing on holiday before returning for pre-season

Fowler will join his former club on their pre-season tour of the United States in an ambassadorial role along with Ian Rush.

He
will get to witness first-hand Rodgers' methods and approach but
already the 37-year-old has been impressed by what he has heard from the
Northern Irishman, who succeeded Kenny Dalglish last month.

'It is fantastic. He has bought into everything this club deserves and needs, the ethos, the Liverpool Way, the traditions – everything,' he added.
'He has done his homework on the history and certainly the traditions of the club and as a fan I think it's really refreshing for someone to come in and say that.

'He's steeped in the traditions of the way he wants to play and he has set his stall out at other clubs where he has managed.

Kop idol: Robbie Fowler was a goal-scoring phenomenon at Anfield

Kop idol: Robbie Fowler was a goal-scoring phenomenon at Anfield

'What he did at Swansea was unbelievable. No disrespect to Swansea but the players here are better than the players at Swansea so if he can get us playing the way we want to be then it puts us in exciting times.

'So many people have said to me that Liverpool's season last season was classed as a failure. I never saw that.

'I know we finished eighth in the league, which was disappointing, and of course owners and chairman want to finish as high in the league as possible because it's a money thing, it's business.

'But I always want to look back on my career at how many trophies I've won, not that I finished fifth in the league and from that side of things it certainly wasn't a failure – we got to two cup finals and won one of them.'

EURO 2012: Phil Jagielka wants England call-up

Pick me, Roy… Everton defender Jagielka sets sights on Euros

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UPDATED:

14:14 GMT, 8 May 2012

Everton defender Phil Jagielka is hopeful his strong finish to the season will have sent the right message to new England manager Roy Hodgson ahead of this summer's European Championships.

The 29-year-old has shown no ill-effects from the January knee injury which sidelined him for two months.

As Hodgson, appointed as national team boss last week, has yet to select a squad, Jagielka admits he hopes he has done enough to warrant inclusion for Euro 2012.

Heads up: Jagielka hopes he has done enough to seal a place in the England squad

Heads up: Jagielka hopes he has done enough to seal a place in the England squad

'We don't know what the squad is yet and the Euros are just around the corner. It makes it interesting,' he said.

'You've got to keep going to the end of the season, not take your foot off the gas, and give Roy Hodgson the headache of who's going to go in his squad.

'Hopefully I've played well enough in the last few weeks to at least be in with a shout.'

Phil your boots: The Everton defender has lauded the appointment of Hodgson

Phil your boots: The Everton defender has lauded the appointment of Hodgson

Jagielka also insists Hodgson's disappointing spell on Merseyside with Liverpool should not be held against him.

'I think the appointment is really good. We needed it doing as soon as possible,' he told evertontv.

'Look at his CV, look at the successes he's had. Okay he didn't have the best of times at Liverpool but one bad experience doesn't make him a bad coach or a bad manager.

'There weren't too many people out there who could have taken the job but the FA have gone with Roy and time will tell.

'We've not done amazingly well in the championships in the past 40 years or whatever, so hopefully Roy will do as well as he can and the boys can do well for him.'

Anton Ferdinand to snub John Terry handshake

Ferdinand to snub Terry handshake at the Bridge after taking legal advice

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UPDATED:

22:37 GMT, 25 April 2012

John Terry is facing further embarrassment this weekend with Anton Ferdinand ready to snub his offer of a handshake.

Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers meet at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in a clash that will resurrect the long-running race row between the pair.

Terry will face criminal charges over allegations he racially abused Ferdinand in a Premier League clash on October 23. The court case has been adjourned until July 9.

Another headache: John Terry faces an embarrassing scenario on Sunday

Another headache: John Terry faces an embarrassing scenario on Sunday

Snub: QPR defender Anton Ferdinand

Snub: QPR defender Anton Ferdinand

Sportsmail understands Ferdinand will refuse to shake Terry's hand during the pre-game ceremony after taking advice from lawyers and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Ferdinand is aware that refusing to shake Terry's hand, or vice versa, could prove prejudicial to the forthcoming proceedings.

Ferdinand's decision leaves Terry with another headache after his sending off in Barcelona on Tuesday.

Sportsmail can reveal that QPR officials contacted the Premier League last week to request the handshake be scrapped for the clash.

However, the request was rejected and League officials insisted on the handshake going ahead as normal.