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Six Nations 2013: Gordon D"Arcy injured and out of Championship

Problems mount for Ireland as veteran centre D'Arcy is ruled out of remainder of Six Nations

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

15:58 GMT, 15 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:15 GMT, 15 February 2013

Ireland centre Gordon D'Arcy will miss the rest of this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship due to a foot injury.

The Leinster player is likely to be sidelined for six weeks, the Irish Rugby Football Union announced.

Ireland have already lost wing Simon Zebo (foot) for the rest of the tournament, while fly-half Jonathan Sexton (hamstring) and lock Mike McCarthy (knee ligament strain) will also miss the game against Scotland at Murrayfield on February 24.

Crocked: D'Arcy will miss the rest of Ireland's Six Nations campaign

Crocked: D'Arcy will miss the rest of Ireland's Six Nations campaign

D'Arcy experienced discomfort in his right foot following the 12-6 defeat against England in Dublin last Sunday.

'This failed to settle down before the Ireland training session on Thursday, and following a scan yesterday afternoon it was confirmed that D'Arcy has a stress injury to a bone in his foot,' the IRFU said in a statement.

'The injury will require immobilisation in a boot for at least four weeks, with a projected return to play of six weeks, pending further tests and specialist review.

'The Ireland training squad for the Scotland Test match week will be announced on Sunday evening following the completion of games in the RaboDirect Pro12.'

D'Arcy's injury means that Ireland coach Declan Kidney will need to make at least five changes for the trip to Edinburgh.

Big loss: D'Arcy has won 73 caps for Ireland since 1999

Big loss: D'Arcy has won 73 caps for Ireland since 1999

On top of the injuries to D'Arcy, Zebo, Sexton and McCarthy, prop Cian Healy is suspended after he was cited for stamping on England prop Dan Cole at the Aviva Stadium.

Ireland currently lie fourth in the Six Nations table with one win from two games.

After the Scotland fixture, they host France on March 9 and then tackle Italy in Rome seven days later.

Healy will not be involved in Leinster's RaboDirect PRO12 game against Treviso in Dublin tomorrow.

Healy received a three-week ban on
Wednesday after being cited for stamping on England prop Dan Cole during
last weekend's RBS 6 Nations clash.

Missing: Exciting young wing Zebo was injured in Ireland's win over Wales

Missing: Exciting young wing Zebo was injured in Ireland's win over Wales

Mindful that under normal circumstances Healy would have been rested this weekend, an independent disciplinary hearing decided that the punishment for his stamp should be deferred by one week so that he would miss Ireland's Six Nations matches against Scotland on February 24 and France on March 9.

Banned: Healy stamped on Dan Cole

Banned: Healy stamped on Dan Cole

Six Nations Rugby Limited today issued a statement clarifying the position surrounding Healy.

'During the hearing of the citing complaint against Mr Healy, the chairman of the independent disciplinary committee, Roger Morris, of Wales, made it clear to Mr Healy and those representing him at the hearing that Mr Healy was suspended from the date on which he had been informed of the citing complaint against him (11 February 2013) until midnight on the night of Sunday, 10 March 2013,' a statement read.

'The disciplinary committee has not yet
produced its written decision, but Mr Morris has today written to Six
Nations Rugby Limited and those representing Mr Healy at the hearing to
confirm the position.

'Mr Morris says, in relevant part: “I do
not think anyone present at the hearing on Wednesday was in any doubt
that Mr Healy is not free to play again until after midnight on 10
March”.

'Accordingly, Mr Healy is currently
suspended and will remain suspended – subject to appeals – until 11
March 2013. He is therefore not eligible to play for Leinster in this
weekend's RaboDirect PRO12 match against Benetton Treviso.

'In addition, following clause 2.5.99 of the Six Nations disciplinary and anti-doping rules (which is consistent with IRB Regulations 17.19.10 and 17.19.11), and in keeping with other decisions, the disciplinary committee excluded this weekend from its calculations of the three-week suspension as a result of evidence given at the hearing to the effect that Mr Healy would not have been selected to play for Leinster in this weekends match against Benetton Treviso.'

Six Nations 2013: Jonathan Sexton and Mike McCarthy injured and out of Scotland game

Blow for Ireland as Sexton and McCarthy are ruled out of Scotland clash

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

13:41 GMT, 14 February 2013

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UPDATED:

13:55 GMT, 14 February 2013

Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton and second row Mike McCarthy have been ruled out of the RBS 6 Nations clash with Scotland at Murrayfield on February 24.

Sexton sustained a hamstring problem and McCarthy knee ligament damage in Sunday's 12-6 defeat by England and team manager Mick Kearney announced today that they will miss the trip to Edinburgh.

'Jonny's scan revealed a grade two
hamstring injury. Progress has been good so far, but it's too early to
say when he will return to play,' Kearney said.

Crocked: Sexton hobbled off injured against England last weekend

Crocked: Sexton hobbled off injured against England last weekend

'Mike has hurt the medial ligament of
his right knee. It's quite sore and he will be in a brace for two
weeks. A further review will take place in two weeks.'

Ireland received more positive news on the remaining injuries they incurred during a brutal clash at the Aviva Stadium.

Centre Brian O'Driscoll, full-back Rob Kearney, flanker Sean O'Brien and lock Donnacha Ryan are at varying degrees of fitness, but all should be available to face Scotland.

'Brian had a recurrence of the soft tissue injury in his good ankle. Scans revealed no structural damage and he will do non-contact training today,' Kearney said.

Ruled out: McCarthy (centre) will also miss the Scotland clash

Ruled out: McCarthy (centre) will also miss the Scotland clash

'Donnacha Ryan suffered a lower back
muscle strain. Scans have excluded structural damage but he's quite sore
and won't train this week.

'He'll be reassessed at the weekend and at this stage he has a good chance of being available against Scotland.

'Sean O'Brien has recovered well from his stiff neck and tight hamstring and will train today.

'Rob is fine. He had a slight dead leg but trained fully today.'

Jermain Defoe injury leaves Tottenham in striking crisis

Defoe ankle injury leaves Spurs facing firepower crisis with Adebayor away

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

16:20 GMT, 3 February 2013

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UPDATED:

19:26 GMT, 3 February 2013

Jermain Defoe has picked up an ankle injury which could keep him out for up to three weeks.

The Tottenham forward sustained it in a 50-50 challenge with West Brom's Shane Long on Sunday afternoon.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas said Defoe will be sent for a scan to determine the extent of the damage and said he will be withdrawn from Roy Hodgson's England squad for the Brazil friendly.

Blow: Jermain Defoe could be out for up to three weeks after suffering an ankle injury

Blow: Jermain Defoe could be out for up to three weeks after suffering an ankle injury

Villas Boas said: 'I am extremely happy with the win – apart from the injury to Jermain Defoe.
'He rolled his ankle. He will have to have a scan to reveal the extent of the injury.

'Hopefully there is not a lot of ligament damage. If there is, he could be out for two to three weeks.

'Has he been withdrawn from the England squad Yes he has.'

The Tottenham manager tried to secure a new striker on deadline day but failed to negotiate a deal with Internacional for Brazil forward Leandro Damiao.

With Defoe out and Emmanuel Adebayor in Togo on Africa Cup of Nations duty, there are no strikers left at the club, bar youngster Harry Kane.

Clint Dempsey can play as a striker if necessary, although he prefers to feature in a supporting role.

Cut short: Defoe was subbed

Cut short: Defoe is helped off

Cut short: Defoe's afternoon was ended by the injury and he was helped off the pitch in great pain

Watching on: Roy Hodgson was at The Hawthorns to see the incident

Watching on: Roy Hodgson was at The Hawthorns to see the incident

Forward push: Clint Dempsey will likely have to fill in up front for Defoe

Forward push: Clint Dempsey will likely have to fill in up front for Defoe

Defoe's team-mate Gareth Bale secured a
precious away victory that boosts Spurs in the hunt for a Champions
League place – Andre Villas-Boas' side are now fourth.

The dismissal of Goran Popov in the 47th minute changed the game in
Tottenham's favour, though, and Bale duly secured all three points with a
spectacular solo goal.

Bale told Sky Sports 1: 'It's massive. We spoke before the game because
other results went our way yesterday and that gave us a big chance to
capitalise. Thankfully we did.

'I think all the lads worked very hard and they deserved the victory.'

No reinforcement: With Emmanuel Adebayor away, Andre Villas-Boas will regret not signing a striker

No reinforcement: With Emmanuel Adebayor away, Andre Villas-Boas will regret not signing a striker

Meanwhile, Germany international Lewis Holtby made his second Spurs appearance from the bench and revealed he is settling in well.

He said: 'The lads are all making it easy for me to play. It's a fantastic club and I enjoy coming in every day.

'It's a massive boost to get the three points away (from home). It's unbelievable.

'If we have games like today and get the three points then it's a massive relief. I'm just happy to be at the club.'

Bedding in nicely: Lewis Holtby is pleased with how things have gone so far for him at Tottenham

Bedding in nicely: Lewis Holtby is pleased with how things have gone so far for him at Tottenham

Wigan defender Ivan Ramis ruled out for season with cruciate ligament damage

Huge blow for Martinez as Wigan defender Ramis is sidelined for season with cruciate injury

By
Simon Stone, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

16:27 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:17 GMT, 15 January 2013

Wigan defender Ivan Ramis will miss the rest of the season after rupturing his cruciate ligament in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Fulham.

Latics boss Roberto Martinez feared the worst immediately after the game and scans have now revealed the Spaniard will be out until the start of next season.

'Nothing can disguise the fact this is a massive blow because Ivan is a key member of the group but we are relieved that the injury is not a severe as we feared it could have been,' Martinez said.

Down and out: Ivan Ramis will miss the rest of the campaign

Down and out: Ivan Ramis will miss the rest of the campaign

The news is a massive blow to Martinez as another senior defender, Antolin Alcaraz, is still to return after suffering a groin injury in August.

Wigan do have another alternative in Roman Golobart but the 20-year-old's relative lack of experience means Martinez may be forced to use Emmerson Boyce as an orthodox defender, rather than in the wing-back role where he has excelled over the past 12 months.

A summer arrival from Real Mallorca, 28-year-old Ramis endured a difficult debut against Chelsea but has since come into his own, making 19 appearances. He had only just returned from a hamstring problem when he suffered the latest setback at the weekend.

'The most important thing now is to think of Ivan's welfare, get the operation completed, and for him to begin his rehabilitation,' said Martinez.

'Ivan is a very strong and positive character and he is determined to return to fitness as soon as he can.

'He will receive the best possible medical rehabilitation as the club ensures to have him return as an even stronger footballer.'

Joe Cole training regime at West Ham

Cole put on special training regime at West Ham to avoid yet more injury woe

By
Laurie Whitwell

PUBLISHED:

13:42 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

13:46 GMT, 10 January 2013

Joe Cole will be put on a bespoke training regime to ensure the injuries which have cost him in the past will not hamper his return to West Ham.

The 31-year-old last week had a memorable second debut for the club he first joined as an academy player, but manager Sam Allardyce knows he must be fully fit to perform at his best consistently.

That could mean Cole not joining up with the squad until Thursday or Friday training sessions before a Saturday match, using the earlier part of the week to focus on injury prevention.

Cole's time at Chelsea was blighted by injury

Injury-prone: Cole's time at Chelsea was blighted by injury

The England international recovered from a hamstring injury picked up at Liverpool in October and his time at Chelsea was punctuated by problems, including an eight-month period out through knee ligament damage.

Allardyce said: ‘We’ll take that game by game. A part of everybody’s management is about managing your players for their sake.

‘It’s not always about joining in training every day of every week for me and it hasn’t been for many years now. We’ll do what’s needed with Joe, as we do with many players.

‘Lots of players don’t come together in our squad till Thursday or Friday then play on the Saturday because they need to do other things in the week to make sure they maintain their level of fitness.

‘We try to have a prevention policy rather than a cure policy. That’s been tested to the hilt recently with the amount of injuries we’ve had.’

Allardyce thinks it should be no longer than two weeks until Andy Carroll is back in action after his knee injury

Returning: Allardyce thinks it should be no longer than two weeks until Andy Carroll is back in action after his knee injury

Cole said after signing that fitness would be key.

‘The more games you play you get to a certain level and you need games to get that strength,’ he said.

Meanwhile, Allardyce believes Andy Carroll is no more than two weeks away from playing. The England striker is out with a knee injury but has started running.

‘It’s a bit difficult to put an actual time on it but I would expect it will be no longer than a couple of weeks now,’ the West Ham boss said. ‘He’s doing some straight line running and if he doesn’t feel anything then we’ll progress onto interval running and change of direction, then introduce the ball.

‘Hopefully he will come back with the players as soon as possible. It could be a few days. It could be a bit longer than that just depending on his progression day by day now.’

Wayne Rooney injured for three weeks with knee injury

Rooney sidelined for up to three weeks in blow for title-chasing United boss Ferguson

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UPDATED:

18:36 GMT, 26 December 2012

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will be sidelined for between two and three weeks after sustaining knee ligament damage in training.

The England forward was missing from the line up for the Red Devils' 4-3 victory over Newcastle today.

After his poor performance against Swansea on Sunday, Ferguson would have loved the hitman to come out swinging against Newcastle, but could not select him due to injury.

Sidelined: An injured Wayne Rooney watched on from an executive box at Old Trafford as United won 4-3

Sidelined: An injured Wayne Rooney watched on from an executive box at Old Trafford as United won 4-3

Will United miss Rooney

Opta statistics from the last two seasons of Premier League football indicate that Javier Hernandez will be able to step up to the mark in Rooney's absence.

Although he has scored under half the number of goals, his minutes per goal average is close to Rooney's.

This is because he has only started 22 games – exactly half of the number Rooney has.

Played
Goals
Min per goal
Van Persie
57
43
113.6
Rooney
48
34
115.4
Hernandez
40
16
124.0
Welbeck
43
10
257.9

'After his performance on Sunday I
think he would have been brilliant today. You don't have two
performances like he did on Sunday,' said Ferguson. 'Unfortunately we couldn't risk him.'

He continued: 'It was a volley towards the end of training. He did a ligament at the back of his knee and could be out for two to three weeks.'

Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez stepped up to the mark in Rooney's absence, both scoring as United managed to grab three points from a topsy-turvy game.

Danny Welbeck also missed the game after reporting an illness last night.

Rooney had performed fitfully this season – some of his better performances have actually come in central midfield rather than in his favoured striker's position.

Lethal: Javier Hernandez wheels away after scoring the final goal of the thriller against Newcastle

Lethal: Javier Hernandez wheels away after scoring the final goal of the thriller against Newcastle

Rooney will miss Premier League
matches against West Brom and Wigan, in addition to the FA Cup third
round tie at West Ham on January 5.

He also faces a race against time to face Liverpool at Old Trafford on January 13.

Ferguson continued: 'Danny Welbeck took ill in the team hotel last night.
'Ashley Young also got injured yesterday and Phil Jones got injured against Swansea.'

Tucked away: Robin van Persie has been at his imperious best for the last two seasons now

Tucked away: Robin van Persie has been at his imperious best for the last two seasons now

Skipper Nemanja Vidic was back on the bench today but Ferguson did not want to use him after the centre-back made his first start since September at the Liberty Stadium.

'We couldn't risk Vida after playing his first game,' said Ferguson.

'He had a bit of soreness in his knee, which is only to be expected after being out for so long.'

Roberto Martinez confirms signing of Roger Espinoza

Two out, one in! Martinez loses Lopez and McCarthy through injury but confirms Espinoza

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UPDATED:

20:19 GMT, 19 December 2012

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has revealed defender Adrian Lopez could be sidelined for 10 weeks with the hamstring tear he suffered in Saturday's defeat at Norwich.

James McCarthy's ankle problem, sustained in the same game, appears to have been only a short-term setback, but for Lopez the verdict was far from encouraging.

Martinez told the Wigan Evening Post: 'We are waiting on the results of another scan, but Adrian has a tear to his hamstring and it will probably be between six and 10 weeks.

'It's a shame': Wigan defender Adrian Lopez (left) could be out for up to 10 weeks after injuring his hamstring in the defeat against Norwich

'It's a shame': Wigan defender Adrian Lopez (left) could be out for up to 10 weeks after injuring his hamstring in the defeat against Norwich

'It's a shame because Adrian has never had a soft-tissue injury before.

'He is a sprinter and he has a real sprinter's muscles – you don't usually see people like him picking up this kind of injury.'

Wigan's Adrian Lopez

Blow: Lopez had played Wigan's last five games, coming into the side as defenders Ivan Ramis, Antolin Alcaraz and Gary Caldwell have all suffered injuries

Midfielder McCarthy had to be substituted at half-time at Carrow Road after being left with a hurt ankle following what Latics manager Martinez branded a 'nasty challenge'.

Martinez has since received an update on McCarthy's situation, and said: 'We've had the scan and he has a sprain in his ankle, and we need to see how that develops.

'Any sort of injury is disappointing, although we are relieved that it is not a really bad tear to his ligament.

James McCarthy

Too early: Midfielder James McCarthy has been working hard to play against Arsenal Saturday, but according to Roberto Martinez, it's 'too early to tell'

'He's been working really hard this past two days, accelerating the recovery process, but it's too early to tell if he'll be okay for the weekend.'

Wigan, who have dropped into the relegation zone, play Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

Defenders Gary Caldwell, Ivan Ramis (both hamstring) and Antolin Alcaraz (groin) could return, while midfielder Ben Watson, who fractured his shin in November, is to have his cast removed tomorrow.

Wigan defender Gary Caldwell

Wigan defender Ivan Ramis

Injuries: Wigan have also been without defenders Gary Caldwell (left), Ivan Ramis (right) and Antolin Alcaraz (not pictured) at various stages this season

Martinez was delighted to have confirmation that Sporting Kansas City's versatile Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza will be joining Wigan in January after being granted permission to work in the UK.

'He is someone who physically is really capable and has a gifted left foot,' Martinez told www.wiganlatics.co.uk.

'Having someone with such a good left foot gives a balance to the squad because most players are primarily right-footed.

'He's developed his tactical awareness and has learned how to play in different systems.

'Roger can play in any position in the midfield and can even play out in a wide left position, so we are delighted to capture a player with such versatility and stature.'

Reinforcements: Roberto Martinez has confirmed the signing of versatile Honduran midfielder Roger Espinoza

Reinforcements: Roberto Martinez has confirmed the signing of versatile Honduran midfielder Roger Espinoza from MLS side Sporting Kansas City

Tommy Bowe injury blow for Ireland Six Nations campaign

Bowe major doubt for Ireland's Six Nations campaign after damaging knee ligaments

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UPDATED:

16:35 GMT, 16 December 2012

Tommy Bowe is a major fitness doubt for Ireland's RBS 6 Nations campaign this season.

The Ulster wing suffered what his province have described as 'significant lateral ligament damage' to his right knee during Friday night's Heineken Cup home defeat against Northampton.

Bowe was carried off late in the second half at Ravenhill following a lengthy stoppage, and Ulster supporters chanted his name as he was taken away.

Crocked: Bowe is stretchered off at Ravenhill on Saturday

Crocked: Bowe is stretchered off at Ravenhill on Saturday

In a statement issued on Sunday, Ulster said: 'An initial scan this morning revealed that he has sustained significant lateral ligament damage to his right knee.

'He will undergo surgery later this week to repair the damage.

'At this stage, it is not possible to put a timescale on how long his recovery period will be.

'A further update on this will be issued following the surgery, when the full extent of the injury will be known.'

Ireland kick off this season's Six Nations tournament against defending champion Wales in Cardiff on February 2.

Star man: Bowe is a key member of the Ireland team

Star man: Bowe is a key member of the Ireland team

Bowe, whose prospects of touring Australia with the British and Irish Lions could conceivably be jeopardised by his current injury, is an integral part of Ireland coach Declan Kidney's plans.

The 28-year-old former Ospreys player has scored 26 tries in 51 Tests, and he is rated among the deadliest finishers in European rugby.

He started all three Tests for the 2009 Lions in South Africa, the final Test at outside centre when the Lions won in Johannesburg.

Ireland's season has been badly-affected by injuries, with Brian O'Driscoll, Paul O'Connell, Rory Best, Stephen Ferris and Sean O'Brien all missing the entire autumn series last month.

Raheem Sterling set to sign Liverpool deal but Martin Kelly snubs 35k-a-week contract

Sterling set to sign Liverpool deal but Kelly snubs 35k-a-week contract

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UPDATED:

22:25 GMT, 15 December 2012

Liverpool are confident they are close
to persuading teenage winger Raheem Sterling to sign a new, long-term
contract but have been rebuffed in their attempts to tie down a second
young England star in Martin Kelly.

Representatives for Sterling, who
turned 18 last weekend, held fresh talks with club chief executive Ian
Ayre last week to try to thrash out a deal. The two sides were a long
way apart in earlier negotiations.

Set to sign: Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling

Set to sign: Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling

Sources believe Liverpool are close to agreeing terms with the forward, who made his England debut against Sweden last month, and have promised big performance-related incentives to take him close to other regular first-teamers on around 50,000 a week.

With Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United waiting in the wings, Liverpool are confident a deal with Sterling is imminent. Manager Brendan Rodgers stated after yesterday's 3-1 home defeat by Aston Villa: 'I am not bothered by speculation about Raheem and other clubs. That situation (Sterling's contract) will be resolved soon, I'm sure.'

Snub: Defender Martin Kelly

Snub: Defender Martin Kelly

But it is less good news for the club regarding Kelly, a member of England's Euro 2012 squad, who has turned down an offer worth 35,000 a week in wages and appearance money and is now awaiting the club's reaction before making his next move.

The versatile defender who, like Sterling, has 18 months left on his present deal, is recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained against Manchester United in September.

He forced his way into Roy Hodgson's squad in the summer after impressing on his England debut against Norway in May.

Oriol Romeu out for season with cruciate knee ligament damage

Heartbreak for Romeu as crocked Chelsea ace may be sidelined for rest of season

PUBLISHED:

21:40 GMT, 10 December 2012

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UPDATED:

01:18 GMT, 11 December 2012

Chelsea have suffered a major blow with the news that Oriol Romeu is unlikely to play again this season.

The 21-year-old midfielder suffered suspected cruciate knee ligament damage in the win over Sunderland on Saturday and was replaced after just 20 minutes.

Blow: The Chelsea midfielder is unlikely to play again this season

Blow: The Chelsea midfielder is unlikely to play again this season

Blow: The Chelsea midfielder is unlikely to play again this season

And according to reports in Spain, he may not play again this term.

Romeu, who joined Chelsea from Barcelona in 2011, had started three of the west London club's last four games before his injury.