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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.'

Steven Gerrard a doubt for England

Gerrard's 100th England cap in doubt as captain undergoes scan on knee injury

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UPDATED:

16:12 GMT, 12 November 2012

Steven Gerrard may have to wait to make his 100th appearance for England after picking up a knee injuring during Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

The midfielder will have a scan this afternoon to determine the extent of the knock but the captain is expected to travel to Sweden for the friendly in Stockholm.

Gerrard picked up the injury after a collision with Fernando Torres midway through the second half at Stamford Bridge.

Stricken: Steven Gerrard will have a scan on his knee after picking up an injury against Chelsea

Stricken: Steven Gerrard will have a scan on his knee after picking up an injury against Chelsea

Doubt: Steven Gerrard picked up a knee injury against Chelsea on Sunday
England's centurions

Peter Shilton (125 caps)

David Beckham (115 caps)

Bobby Moore (108 caps)

Bobby Charlton (106 caps)

Billy Wright (105 caps)

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is hopeful Gerrard will be fit to join a prestigious list of England centurions but will be unlikely to want him risked if he is not 100 per cent fit.

'I think Steven will be alright,' Rodgers told Liverpool's official website. 'He has just opened up his medial ligament a bit. He has got some ice on his knee and we'll find out the full extent later on.'

England boss Roy Hodgson's plans for the friendly have been hit by a string of withdrawals, Gerrard's team-mate Jonjo Shelvey among them.

Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge paid tribute to Gerrard, saying: 'He is a great player and has been fantastic with me when I've been in the squad.

'If you ask any midfielder who has played against him they will say he's a great player. For them to say he is such a great player and to be on 99 caps is a huge achievement and hopefully he will win his 100th cap on Wednesday.'

Danny Welbeck

Joe Hart

Swede dreams: Danny Welbeck and Joe Hart will be in the travelling party bound for Stockholm

At the other end of the experience spectrum, Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha has been called into the senior squad for the first time, and Sturridge has already been impressed by what he has seen.

'I've watched him a few times, he is very talented and looked sharp in training today,' Sturridge added. 'He has a lot of skills and I am looking forward to playing with him.

'I think it's a great vote of
confidence from the manager to pick him even though he's playing in the
championship. I'm sure that's given him a lot of confidence.'

England leaving hotel

Wilfried Zaha

On their way: England players leave their hotel, including Wilfried Zaha (right) who earned his first call

As for his own position, Sturridge admitted it can be frustrating to not play as often as he would like for Chelsea, but is grateful for the opportunity to show England manager Roy Hodgson what he is capable of.

'It's a lot more difficult when you
are not playing regularly but I try to train well and as hard as I can
and just wait for the opportunities,' he added. 'I am thankful for the
manager choosing me and giving me the showcase to show what I am capable
of.

'When he got the job he made it clear it
was not always about players who are starting for the team and if he
believes in you he will choose you for his squad.'

Raheem Sterling

Roy Hodgson

Hopes: Raheem Sterling (left) will win his first cap if he is given the nod by manager Roy Hodgson (right)

Everton's Leon Osman is in the senior
squad for the first time at the age of 31, but the midfielder insisted
he had never fully given up hope of being called up.

'You always (have the) desire to play
for your country and I was still hopeful,' Osman said. 'I had stopped
worrying or looking for my name in the squad every time, but I didn't
give up hope.

'I am feeling good at the minute, I am
enjoying it and pleased that the form I have shown for Everton has been
recognised. To find ourselves fourth and playing probably the best
football at the club for a good number of years has played a big part
(in my selection).

Chance: Everton midfielder Leon Osman is also among those in line for a first England appearance

Chance: Everton midfielder Leon Osman is also among those in line for a first England appearance

'It's strange to be a rookie but have more experience than some of the others but I'm enjoying it so far. Hopefully, I can bring a bit of maturity and experience to the team.'

Asked about the extent of his England ambitions, Osman added: 'I have developed late but it's great to be here and hopefully I will be able to get one cap; but if I get one I will want two, if I get two I will want four.'

Daniel Agger could miss Liverpool"s season through injury

Liverpool fear Agger will miss rest of the season with medial ligament injury

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UPDATED:

06:34 GMT, 24 September 2012

Liverpool could be without defender Daniel Agger for the rest of the season after he suffered a suspected medial ligament injury.

Agger was carried off on a stretcher at Anfield during his side’s defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.

Following the 2-1 loss. manager Brendan Rodgers talked about the injuries sustained by two of his players.

He said: ‘Fabio (Borini) had a badly swollen ankle. Agger’s doesn’t look good, the medics were saying it might be a medial ligament. We’ll see.’

In pain: Daniel Agger receives treatment before going off

In pain: Daniel Agger receives treatment before going off

Papiss Cisse felt no pressure to score for Newcastle

Toon hero Cisse felt no pressure as new No 9 gets career off to perfect start

Newcastle new boy Papiss Cisse insisted he felt no pressure when he was thrown straight into the heat of Barclays Premier League battle.

The 26-year-old arrived on Tyneside in a near 10million switch from German side Freiburg last month, but had to wait until Sunday's clash with Aston Villa to make his debut after joining club-mate Demba Ba in the Senegal squad at the African Nations Cup.

A woeful campaign in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon saw the pair head home earlier than they had hoped, but their country's loss proved to be Alan Pardew's gain as they teamed up to beat Villa in style.

Dream: Papiss Cisse hit the winner on his debut for Newcastle

Dream: Papiss Cisse hit the winner on his debut for Newcastle

Delighted: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew

Delighted: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew

Indeed, Cisse established himself as an instant hero after coming off the bench to claim the winner with a stunning 71st-minute strike.

Asked if he had felt the expectation on his shoulders, he said: 'No, not really, not real pressure.

'I wanted to do well, that's for sure, but I knew yesterday I was going to be on the bench, so I had time to prepare. There was not so much pressure, I was just itching to start.

'It was a dream debut, thank God, and I am really happy to be at Newcastle.'

Pardew resisted the temptation to start with both Ba and Cisse, but his best-paid plans were ripped apart when Leon Best limped off with just 14 minutes gone with a medial ligament problem.

Cisse emerged from the dug-out to rapturous applause wearing the number nine shirt for the first time and quickly forced a smart save from keeper Shay Given with a neat header.

However, it was Ba who broke the deadlock, and somewhat against the run of play, with 30 minutes gone.

Richard Dunne managed to head away Danny Guthrie's left-wing cross, but Ryan Taylor latched on to the loose ball and drilled a shot across the face of goal, where Ba reacted instantly to fire past Given for his 16th goal of the season.

Taylor was carried from the pitch on a stretcher after being caught by Stephen Warnock in the build-up, although X-rays later revealed no break to his badly swollen ankle.

However, with Villa having enjoyed the better of the first half, they eventually got their reward deep into injury time when Robbie Keane turned Charles N'Zogbia's cross past Tim Krul, who had earlier twice denied Darren Bent.

But Newcastle stepped up a gear in the second half to push Villa back, and when the breakthrough finally arrived, it did so in story-book style.

Partnership: Newcastle fans hope Cisse and Demba Ba will link up well

Partnership: Newcastle fans hope Cisse and Demba Ba will link up well

Jonas Gutierrez's cross from the left evaded Ba, but Cisse controlled it on his chest before lashing a left-foot volley high past Given and into the top corner to spark mass celebrations.

He said: 'I took a touch and hit it first time and when it hit the back of the net, it was a very happy moment.'

Krul saved from Ciaran Clark and substitute Gary Gardner in a late flurry, but the Magpies held on to ease their way back into fifth place in the Premier League table.

Pardew was thrilled with a hard-fought victory which was achieved without key midfielders Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye, and he and his players will head for Tottenham at the weekend in determined mood.

The manager said: 'We will keep going and keep nagging away at those top teams. That's what we should be doing, we are a big club.'

In the meantime, Ba and Cisse, international colleagues, but, as yet, not a long-standing partnership, will work on their on-field relationship and the task of scoring the goals to keep the Magpies in the upper reaches of the table.

Wonder: Cisse was delighted after making the perfect introduction to England

Wonder: Cisse was delighted after making the perfect introduction to England

Asked about his reaction when he heard of Cisse's impending arrival, Ba said: 'I was happy.

'I was happy for him, I was happy for the team because I know what he is able to do, and he is good for Newcastle.

'He scored, so I am very happy for him, I am pleased. Hopefully he is going to continue scoring like he did.'

Villa boss Alex McLeish left Tyneside pleased with much of what he had seen, but ruing costly errors.

He said: 'It was a very, very good performance at times. We have still got a tendency to make errors, but it's definitely a good performance from the players to create what we created all day.

'Keane was definitely lively again and Charles' first piece of magic was right on the half-time whistle for Robbie's equaliser.

'We need to see that more, we don't see it enough.'

Fulham 2 Bolton 0: Cottagers heap more misery on Owen Coyle

Fulham 2 Bolton 0: Ruiz stunner eases Euro pain but heaps more misery on Coyle

Fulham showed no signs of a European hangover as they dominated bottom side Bolton to secure a deserved victory at Craven Cottage.

The Cottagers came into their 31st competitive match of season with added impetus after their untimely exit from the Europa League in midweek.

Martin Jol”s side squandered a two-goal lead to eventually draw with Odense on Wednesday night, although there was to be no such comeback this afternoon.

Clint in his eye: Fulham star Dempsey celebrates scoring his side

Clint in his eye: Fulham star Dempsey celebrates scoring his side”s first goal against Bolton

Fulham attacked with intent from the offset against the under-pressure Trotters and broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute when Clint Dempsey nodded home Ruiz”s cross.

MATCH FACTS

Fulham: Stockdale, Baird, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Ruiz, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey, Johnson, Dembele.

Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Orlando Sa, Gecov, Duff, Hughes, Frei.

Goals: Dempsey 32, Ruiz 34

Booked: Murphy

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Boyata (Steinsson 46), Cahill, Knight, Alonso, Mark Davies (Ngog 56), Muamba, Reo-Coker, Pratley (Eagles 46), Kevin Davies, Klasnic.

Subs: Bogdan, Robinson, Sanli, Petrov.

Booked: Steinsson, Muamba, Reo-Coker,

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

Roles then reversed 66 seconds later when the United States international played through the summer signing, who showed exquisite composure and vision to lift the ball over the onrushing Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Bolton impressed in flashes after the break but were unable to avoid a 13th league defeat of the season as Fulham held out for a seventh clean sheet of the campaign.

Heading into the match, Fulham were hit by the news that Bobby Zamora had failed a late fitness test.

The 30-year-old missed out due to a medial ligament problem in his left knee and was replaced in attack by Andrew Johnson, who was one of seven changes made by Jol after the 2-2 draw with Odense.

Counterpart Owen Coyle, meanwhile, drafted in Marcos Alonso, Fabrice Muamba and Nigel Reo-Coker after Bolton”s 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa last weekend.

Heads you win: Dempsey (second half) rises above Dedryck Boyata to open the scoring

Heads you win: Dempsey (second half) rises above Dedryck Boyata to open the scoring

An edgy start by both sides was encapsulated by an uncharacteristic mistake by Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu, who was caught in possession and allowed Reo-Coker to flash a shot across goal.

The effort seemed to spur the west Londoners into life, with Johnson coming close after a neat one-two with Dempsey almost immediately.

Cool as a cucumber: Bryan Ruiz doubled Fulham

Cool as a cucumber: Bryan Ruiz doubled Fulham”s advantage after 34 minutes with a great finish

A job well done: John Arnie Riise (left) congratulates Ruiz on his excellent goal

A job well done: John Arnie Riise (left) congratulates Ruiz on his excellent goal

Returning skipper Danny Murphy – who fans feared may have aggravated his ankle injury inside five minutes – showed no ill effects shortly after Johnson”s effort, seeing a superbly-executed volley deflected just wide.

Johnson had a close-range shot blocked by former Fulham defender Zat Knight as the home side upped the ante, with Etuhu and Brede Hangeland then getting headers away from corners.

Catch me if you can: Moussa Dembele (left) glides past Fabrice Muamba

Catch me if you can: Moussa Dembele (left) glides past Fabrice Muamba

Darren Pratley came close with a 20-yard effort during a rare Wanderers attack, before Jaaskelainen turned wide John Arne Riise”s drive from 20 yards at the other end.

Bolton were playing like a team devoid of confidence and, after Hangeland twice miscued headers, Dempsey broke the deadlock.

The United States international beat Dedryck Boyata to Ruiz”s superb right-wing cross to send home a darted header in the 32nd minute.

Close eye: England manager Fabio Capello (left) watches the action at Craven Cottage

Close eye: England manager Fabio Capello (left) watches the action at Craven Cottage

Just 66 seconds later, Fulham doubled their advantage thanks to a moment of magic from Ruiz. The Costa Rica international was put through on goal by Dempsey after outpacing Alonso and, having steadied himself, delightfully scooped the ball over the onrushing Jaaskelainen.

Dembele sandwich: Fulham

Dembele sandwich: Fulham”s forward is tackled by Zat Knight (left) and Mark Davies (right)

Under pressure: Bolton boss Owen Coyle (right) looked in good cheer before kick off as he embraced Fulham manager Martin Jol (left) but the day was to turn sour for the Trotters, who are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League

Under pressure: Owen Coyle (right) looked in good cheer before kick off as he embraced Fulham manager Martin Jol (left) but was left to reflect on another disappointing day at the office (below right) after the game

Picture of dejection: Coyle

Bolton looked to reduce the deficit as half-time approached, although Ivan Klasnic and Mark Davies were both denied by Fulham”s sturdy defence.

Bolton manager Coyle brought on Gretar Steinsson and Chris Eagles, having witnessed a poor first half.

Boyata and Pratley made way but the changes could not stem the Fulham tide as they continued to press for a third.

Boltoncaptain Kevin Davies made way for David Ngog as a result in the 56th minute, leading to a slightly improved spell from Wanderers. Klasnic andMuamba were finding good attacking positions, while the visitors were enjoying more possession.

However, Fulham looked dangerous on the break and, after Johnson was adjudged offside when in on goal, Dempsey came agonisingly close to directing home the striker”s cross at the back post.

Bolton looked desperate for a goal and, although Eagles and Muamba got efforts away, their exertions left gaping holes at the back. Johnson and Mousa Dembele almost capitalised as Fulham hunted for a third, which proved elusive as the home side ran out 2-0 victors.

Every cloud has a silver lining: Fulham bounced back from their Europa League heartbreak in midweek

Every cloud has a silver lining: Fulham bounced back from their Europa League heartbreak in midweek

Martin Jol says Fulham"s David Stockdale is as good as Joe Hart

In safe hands: Stockdale is good enough for England, claims Jol

Martin Jol believes Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale is as good as England No1 Joe Hart.

The 26-year-old has been recalled from Ipswich Town after Mark Schwarzer suffered a spinal injury that will keep him out for at last four weeks.

Stockdale, who has been called into Fabio Capello’s England squad but has yet to win a cap, will have to face Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal within the next month as Fulham bid to drag themselves away from the relegation zone.

For club and country: Fulham boss Martin Jol has backed David Stockdale to shine for Fulham and England

For club and country: Fulham boss Martin Jol has backed David Stockdale to shine for Fulham and England

Fulham boss Jol said: ‘If you look at Stockdale’s talent he’s like the other goalkeepers in the England squad. He’s equal to them.

‘He played for Fulham last year and he did very well. He also played for Ipswich, which was very good for his development and his confidence.’

Fulham host Bolton Wanderers on Saturday as they bid to recover from their shock Europa League exit on Wednesday.

Bobby Zamora is a major doubt and will have a late fitness test after injuring the medial ligament in his left knee.

Injury doubt: Bobby Zamora is racing to be fit in time for Saturday

Injury doubt: Bobby Zamora is racing to be fit in time for Saturday”s game with Bolton

Jol said: ‘I’ve got plenty of cover but it will be disappointing (if Zamora is not fit). He’s had it for the last four weeks – a niggling pain in his knee.’

The club have also complained to Channel Five after the TV station’s pundits suggested Zamora had asked to be substituted during the 2-2 draw with BK Odense.

The 30-year-old was instead showing his frustration with the referee, whom Zamora felt was unfairly penalising him every time he got the ball.