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Per Mertesacker: Ruled out for one month

Mertesacker ankle injury rules Arsenal defender out for a month

Per Mertesacker has been ruled out
for a month after damaging ligaments in his ankle during the clash with
Sunderland on Saturday.

The Arsenal defender collapsed in a
heap after twisting the joint, allowing the ball to roll past him to
James McLean who scored for the Black Cats.

The centre-half was taken off on a stretcher and flew back to Germany for scans which revealed the extent of the injury.

Ruled out: Mertesacker injured himself in the clash at the Stadium of Light

Ruled out: Mertesacker injured himself in the clash at the Stadium of Light

Ouch: Mertesacker revealed the extent of his injury on Facebook

Ouch: Mertesacker revealed the extent of his injury on Facebook

Mertesacker, 27, will miss the
Champions League clash with AC Milan an FA Cup encounter against
Sunderland and the Barclays Premier League derby with Tottenham.

injury does, however, allow Thomas Vermaelen to move back into a more
natural position after being played as makeshift full back in recent
games for the Gunners.

And with Kieran Gibbs set to make a long-awaited return for the north Londoners, Vermaelen is more than happy to switch back to his preferred central role.

He said: 'I'm tired of it. I do it to help Arsenal. It's a shame but I can't do anything about it.

'I don’t think I'm a bad left-back but I’m rarely happy with my performance after a game.

'I want to get back to my level again, – and I can't fully do that by playing left-back. I was in form playing in the middle, it's frustrating.'

Kieran Gibbs set to play for Arsenal against AC Milan

Comeback kid: Gibbs set to make Gunners return in the San Siro

Kieran Gibbs is poised to make his long-awaited return from injury in the San Siro on Wednesday night.

Per Mertesacker is likely to miss the next four weeks after damaging ankle ligaments in Saturday’s win at Sunderland.

Comeback: Kieran Gibbs is set to return to action in the San Siro

Comeback: Kieran Gibbs is set to return to action in the San Siro

The injury has put Gibbs – who has not played a competitive match in four months – on red-alert for Wednesday's crucial Champions League second-round first-leg clash against AC Milan.

Thomas Vermaelen had been deputising for Gibbs at left-back during the England defender’s recovery from a persistent groin injury.

But with Mertesacker out, manager Arsene Wenger is set to move Vermaelen back to his preferred central-defensive position, allowing Gibbs to step in at left-back.

Sportsmail revealed earlier this month how Gibbs had returned to first team training after spending four months on the sidelines.

Gibbs was an unused substitute in the weekend win at the Stadium of Light, but Mertesacker’s injury – and Arsenal’s lack of recognised left-backs – means the 22-year-old is primed to play his first football since October by starting in the vital San Siro clash.

Arsene Wenger hopes Gervinho returns to Arsenal inspired

Wenger hopes Gervinho returns to Arsenal inspired by stunning winner

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Ivory Coast forward Gervinho will take confidence from his goal in the African Nations Cup and return a better player for the Gunners.

Gervinho's winner in the semi-final victory over Mali set up a meeting with Zambia in the final on Sunday.

Gervinho's participation in that game rules him out of Arsenal's trip to play Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

Hero: Gervinho sent Ivory Coast into the Africa Cup of Nations final

Hero: Gervinho sent Ivory Coast into the Africa Cup of Nations final

But Wenger is keen to see him back in an Arsenal shirt as soon as possible.

'It was a cracking goal against Mali,' Wenger told Arsenal Player.

'They were the better side but he made the difference. They scored only one goal, Gervinho made it and you can basically say he scored it on his own because he started on the halfway line and finished in a cool way.

'Sometimes he rushes his decisions a little bit but I was very happy that he kept calm and finished in a very controlled way.

Boost: Arsene Wenger wants Gervinho to push on for Arsenal

Boost: Arsene Wenger wants Gervinho to push on for Arsenal

'That's great news for his confidence
and his country as well because I believe they are the best team in
Africa by a big distance at the moment. Hopefully they will get rewarded
in the final.

'He creates those dangerous situations but the coolness he misses a little bit. That can help him to do that. I feel he proved that with us.

'Also, who doesn't want to be a hero in his own country That will help him to be recognised in his own country and therefore boost his confidence levels.'

Imminent return: Kieran Gibbs

Imminent return: Kieran Gibbs

Wenger has revealed that midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has had an operation on the ruptured knee ligaments he suffered while on loan at Wolves.

Wenger said: 'He had surgery on Thursday night unfortunately. He had what we have seen so many times; one cruciate [goes] and then the other as well.

'I believe that it is unfortunate. The fortunate situation is that we could have surgery straight away and that this threat over his head is now gone.

'It's a tough time because he was doing very well at Wolves. But hopefully we can get him back in the autumn.'

Full-back Kieran Gibbs has recovered from groin problems which sidelined him since the start of October and could be included in the squad for the trip to the Stadium of Light, which will be repeated next weekend in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Striker Marouane Chamakh is also in contention to face the Black Cats after Wenger confirmed his return to full fitness.

Wes Brown out for eight weeks Sunderland

Brown out for eight weeks but Sunderland defender will return for run-in

Sunderland defender Wes Brown is likely to be sidelined for eight weeks by his knee injury.

The former Manchester United man damaged a knee during Sunday's 1-1 FA Cup fourth round draw with Middlesbrough, and it was at first feared that his season could be over.

However, a scan has revealed that the damage may not be as extensive as was first thought.

Fears: Sunderland were worried Wes Brown would miss the rest of the season

Fears: Sunderland were worried Wes Brown would miss the rest of the season

Manager Martin O'Neill said: 'We don't think he needs the operation, but he will be two weeks in a brace, two weeks elsewhere and you are looking at probably about eight weeks before he is back.

'But at one stage, it looked like a season-ending injury.'

Midfielder David Vaughan too, could be missing for several weeks after damaging ankle ligaments during the same game.

Party time: Stephane Sessegnon celebrates scoring against Norwich

Party time: Stephane Sessegnon celebrates scoring against Norwich

O'Neill said: 'David was feeling better today, but he is still very, very sore and the swelling is still up, and we are looking at a few weeks for him.'

However, the news is better of midfielder Lee Cattermole, who missed the reunion with his former club after suffering a hamstring strain in training.

O'Neill said: 'Lee is feeling a lot better and he is hoping to start running at the back end of next week.'

Premiership chief Mark McCaffetry working towards world club championship

Premiership chief admits working towards world club championship

A world club championship is on the cards after the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Premiership chief executive Mark McCafferty has claimed.

But the plan, which would match the best of Europe against the top teams from the southern hemisphere, faces a number of hurdles.

McCafferty explained: ‘It won’t happen before the World Cup but it might happen after 2015. It is a matter of the stars coming into alignment to make something possible.

‘The national championship is something to treasure and Europe is very successful. Ideally, we would like to bolt on top of that an international club event, something that answers the question, “Who is top dog”

Globetrotting: McCafferty thinks the Premiership champions could be playing in a world club championship in five years

Globetrotting: McCafferty thinks the Premiership champions could be playing in a world club championship in five years

‘Is it the Crusaders Is it the
Bulls Is it Toulouse, Leinster or Saracens That would be such a
compelling event that sooner or later it will have to happen.

‘Season structure is the biggest
issue. We have had plenty of indications from our partners and from a TV
point of view it would work.’

Leicester head coach Richard Cockerill
has confirmed that England fly-half Toby Flood will miss the opening
game in the 2012 Six Nations Championship against Scotland due to a knee
injury – which was revealed in Sportsmail this week.

Flood was hurt in Sunday’s win over Sale when it was thought he had a dead leg.

World record: Harlequins sold out Twickenham last month

World record: Harlequins sold out Twickenham last month

Cockerill said: ‘It turns out he has tweaked his ligaments and is likely to be out for four to six weeks.’

Leicester will also be without England
centre Manu Tuilagi. His hamstring injury, sustained against Worcester
last week, is likely to sideline him for a month, also making him
doubtful for the Scotland clash.

Wales’s France-based James Hook has
yet to be given permission to attend part of a pre-Six Nations training
camp. Head coach Warren Gatland has warned his overseas-based players
that they must attend a training camp in Poland to be considered but Hook has yet to be given the go-ahead by Perpignan.

Hook explained: ‘Perpignan have a big
game against Brive the week before the first Six Nations game, so it is
up to the club. I don’t want to upset the apple cart.’

Holders: Queensland Reds won the 2011 Super 15 competition

Holders: Queensland Reds won the 2011 Super 15 competition

International Rugby Board officials
will adjudicate next week on the eligibility of London Irish’s Steven
Shingler to play for Scotland.

He was named in their Six Nations
training squad on Thursday but this was challenged by Welsh officials
who believe he declared for Wales by playing last season for the Under

Scotland rebutted this, saying the
Swansea-born back, who has a Scottish mother, refused to sign a form
declaring his allegiance to Wales.

Spurs may not risk Jake Livermore in FA Cup tie

Spurs may not risk Livermore in Cup tie after horror collision

Jake Livermore is fighting to be fit
for the start of Tottenham's FA Cup campaign after almost biting off his
bottom lip in a collision with team-mate Younes Kaboul.

Livermore needed 18 stitches to mend
a gaping wound after the accident during Tuesday's 1-0 win over West
Bromwich Albion. His teeth sliced through his lip and into the head of
Kaboul, who also needed stitches.

Bloody: Jake Livermore receives treatment

Bloody: Jake Livermore receives treatment

Spurs had a plastic surgeon on standby but surgery was not required and Livermore, 22, is desperate to play against Cheltenham on Saturday with Scott Parker and Sandro out.

But manager Harry Redknapp is reluctant to risk him. Livermore, who has played for five other clubs on loan, signed a contract last month tying him to Spurs until 2016 and has made 21 first-team appearances this season.

And Redknapp has told him the club had no intention of loaning him out now.

'Harry said a few teams had been asking but he wanted me to stay,' said the midfieder. 'I was really happy. I want to be a Tottenham player.'

Everton will travel to White Hart Lane for their league game on Wednesday without defender Phil Jagielka. He is out for up to a month after damaging medial ligaments in his right knee during the 2-1 defeat by Bolton at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

Nemanja Vidic agent denies Manchester United captain will retire

Vidic quit fears denied as Serb”s agent insists Man United skipper will come back stronger

Nemanja Vidic”s agent has dismissed worries that the Manchester United captain’s career could be jeopardised by the serious knee injury he suffered in Basle at the start of the month.

Vidic is expected to have surgery later this week and could be out for up to a year after rupturing three major ligaments in his right knee.

It has raised concerns that he may struggle to return to his best at the age of 30, but the Serb’s agent Silvana Martina insisted: ‘The first forecasts say it can last for a year, but it is meaningless to talk about the end of his career.

Crocked: Vidic injured his knee in the defeat to Basle (above)

Crocked: Vidic injured his knee in the defeat to Basle (above)

‘It’s a serious injury but club doctors assure us that the recovery will run smoothly and he will be back on the field. It will take time to get back into the old rhythm, but there is no doubt that Vidic will be his old self again.

‘Nemanja is feeling good. He will be back next year stronger and better.’

Vidic’s team-mate Antonio Valencia has warned United’s rivals that the hurt and humiliation of their Champions League exit in Basle has given them greater hunger to achieve their other targets.

The Premier League champions have responded with four straight wins to erase a five-point lead for Manchester City at the top of the table, scoring 16 goals in the process.

Valencia has started each of those games after an ankle injury and the 16million summer signing of Ashley Young contributed to a slow start for the Ecuador winger.

Driven: Valencia insists exiting the Champions League has inspired United

Driven: Valencia insists exiting the Champions League has inspired United

Now he claims the renewed determination in Ferguson’s squad has been evident in training.

Valencia said: ‘The biggest blow is the Champions League because we’re a big club and expected to be fighting to win it, not just qualify from the group stages.

‘We reached the final last season and it hurts to go out, but we’re using that hurt.

‘The group now tries harder in training and we’re going into games with a determined attitude because we’ve got to win something, whether it is the Premier League, Europa League or FA Cup. We have to make sure we are involved in those trophies and we have a renewed focus.’

Nemanja Vidic faces one year out

Vidic faces a year on the sidelines! Nightmare knee injury for United captain

Nemanja Vidic could be out of the game for up to a year after it emerged the Manchester United captain has damaged three major ligaments in his right knee.

Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed on Friday the Serb defender, 30, will miss the rest of the season after he was carried off against Basle in midweek, but the extent of Vidic”s injury is expected to mean a significantly longer recovery.

Down and out: Vidic went down in agony after a coming together with Streller

Down and out: Vidic went down in agony after a coming together with Streller

Blow: United fear Vidic is out for the season

Blow: United fear Vidic is out for a year

It is extremely rare for a player todamage his medial and lateral ligaments as well as rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament – which is an indication of how badly Vidic twisted his knee in a sickening collision with Basle captain Marco Streller in Switzerland on Wednesday.

He will see a specialist on Monday but is not expected to have surgery for another two weeks.

Professor Angus Wallace, one of the country”s leading sports surgeons who was involved in the treatment of Wayne Rooney”s metatarsal in 2006, said: “It can take nine months to a year to recover from such a serious injury.

“To damage both collateral ligaments and the ACL is rare. The usual nature of these injuries stretches two ofthese ligaments but the third is protected.”

What a difference the Serb makes…

In the seven-and-a-half matches Vidic has played since returning from injury in October, Manchester United have conceded just two goals.

In the four-and-a-half games they were without him in that period, they have conceded 11.

United manager Ferguson made a rare foray into the January transfer market to sign Vidic for 7million following his side”s last failure to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League in 2005, but he is unlikely to buy a replacement innext month”s window.

He will instead rely on three young centre backs in Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones and hope 33-year-old Rio Ferdinand can stay fit for the rest of the season.

“It”s not unexpected but still bad news,” said Ferguson. “When you saw the replays you knew it was a bad one. It”s a loss, of course it is. Vida”s such a dominant character.

“But we have the options there. It”snot a consistent route for us to buy in January simply because of all the disadvantages. You don”t want just to buy anyone simply because it gives you another player. I think we”ve only had maybe five January signings in my time here.

Inside Vidic

“If you went for a player, I”m not even sure that he could play in the Europa League. There are criteria ifthey”ve played in the Champions League. There are a lot of issues.”

United are still coming to terms with their Champions League exit after the defeat in Basle demoted them to Europe”s junior competition.

Ferguson defended his team in the face of widespread criticism, saying: “These young players had a nasty experience on Wednesday, but they know they have the trust of myself andthe coaches.

“They will not be hounded because of one bad performance. They are the right players and time will prove us right.”

Ferguson promised to try to win the Europa League after defusing a public row with UEFA president Michel Platini, who took exception to his comments that the prospect of playingon Thursdays and Sundays for the rest of the season was United”s “penalty” for failure in the Champions League.

“The world does not revolve around England,” said Platini. “You shouldn”t criticise the Europa League just because you”ve played in three Champions League finals.

“The Europa League is a brilliant competition, it”s amazing. I know Mr Ferguson would have preferred to bein the Champions League but so would many clubs who don”t have that possibility.”

Ferguson tried to qualify his statement, saying: “When I say it”s a punishment to enter the Europa League it”s only in the sense that for 20 years this club have only thought about the Champions League. It”s a disappointment we are not challenging for it this year.

“We”ve been in three finals in the last four years, so it”s not a sleight against the Europa League, because it”s a competition you want to win. We”re in it and we”ll try towin it.

“It”s a good competition, a strong competition. We will have a go at it, but it has to be married in with the League programme we have.”

United could be without nine first-team players for today”s home game against Wolves after Darren Fletcher failed to train yesterday.

But there was better news about Anderson. Initially ruled out until February with a knee injury, he is now said to be possibly two weeks away from a return.