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Ricky Burns leaves Frank Warren

Burns continues Warren exodus as world champion 'quits' following Vazquez delay

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

09:54 GMT, 7 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:14 GMT, 7 March 2013

Ricky Burns has reportedly become the latest boxer to leave promoter Frank Warren.

The Scottish world lightweight champion has become increasingly frustrated after his unification fight with Miguel Vazquez was rescheduled for April 20.

Burns, 29, had been due to face the Mexican on March 16 at Wembley Arena but Warren released a doctor's certificate which claimed Vazquez was suffering from food poisoning.

Quit: World champion Ricky Burns has left promoter Frank Warren

Quit: World champion Ricky Burns has left promoter Frank Warren

Alex Morrison, Burns' manager, said: 'I regret it has come to this because I have known Frank for nearly 40 years, but it has to be for Ricky's sake.

'I felt we had to do something to stop Ricky stagnating. Two fights have been called off after he has trained hard for them and it was not even certain that the bout with Vazquez would have gone ahead on April 20.

'In fact, I now doubt very much that fight was ever going to happen. Vazquez was supposed to be sick but five days later I'm told he was seen sparring in the States.

Split: Burns with Warren

Split: Burns with Warren

'There were also a lot of issues I wanted settled before Ricky fought again and these were not concluded satisfactorily. I'm quite sorry this has happened, but I have to safeguard Ricky's future and he feels himself that he now wants to move in another direction.'

Burns has not fought since he stopped Kevin Mitchell in Glasgow in September and was left disappointed when first Liam Walsh and then Jose Ocampo pulled out of a proposed bout in December.

Should his departure be confirmed, Burns will follow in the footsteps of George Groves who defected to Matchroom earlier this week after pulling out his European super-middleweight title fight with Mohamed Ali Ndiaye.

Kell Brook, Tony Bellew and James Degale have also left Warren's stable in recent years.

A spokesman for the promoter declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline this morning.

Dereck Chisora applying for new boxing licence

Chisora applying for new British boxing licence and hopes to be back in the ring this year

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

17:07 GMT, 11 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:33 GMT, 11 January 2013

Dereck Chisora is re-applying for his British boxing licence after it was revoked following his disgraceful brawl with David Haye in Hamburg last February.

The London heavyweight settled his differences with Haye at Upton Park in July when he was stopped in the fifth round of an entertaining grudge match.

That controversial fight took place under the auspices of the Luxembourg Boxing Federation but Chisora, 29, will now make his case to the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC).

Flashpoint: Chisora and Haye came to blows in Munich last year

Flashpoint: Chisora and Haye came to blows in Munich last year

If successful, he plans to make his return on the undercard of George Groves' clash with Mohamed Ali Ndiaye for the vacant European super-middleweight title. World champions Nathan Cleverly and Ricky Burns will also be in action on the same night.

Sportsmail understands that the BBBoC are yet to receive Chisora’s application and therefore cannot predict when a decision will be reached.

But after stripping him of his licence in March, the Board’s general secretary Robert Smith said: ‘There has been no set period when (Chisora) can re-apply for his licence.

'He no longer is a licence-holder with the British boxing board. Any person is allowed to re-apply at some point. Obviously the board will consider any application.

Down and out: Chisora lost the subsequent bout with Haye at Upton Park

Down and out: Chisora lost the subsequent bout with Haye at Upton Park

'What happens in the future, I do not know. But what we're obviously talking about is a few years.'

Prior to his bust-up with Haye, Chirosa slapped Vitali Klitschko at the weigh-in for their WBC world heavyweight title clash before spitting in Wladimir Klitschko’s face prior to the first bell.

It was at the post-fight press conference that he brawled with Haye, having lost to Vitali by unanimous decision.

Inside the ring, Chisora has lost his last three fights including a hotly-debated split-decision defeat to European champion Robert Helenius in Finland. He also surrendered his British and Commonwealth titles to Tyson Fury at Wembley Arena in 2011.

Should he be granted his licence, Chisora could target an all-British clash with David Price who faces American Tony Thompson in Liverpool on February 23.

Previous: Chisora slapped Vitali at the weigh-in before their fight in Munich

Previous: Chisora slapped Vitali at the weigh-in before their fight in Munich

Sam Allardyce wants West Ham to start 2013 with a win over Norwich

'We need to bounce back': Allardyce wants Hammers to ring in the New Year by ending run of poor form against Norwich

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16:25 GMT, 31 December 2012

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce wants a positive reaction from his players when they welcome Norwich to Upton Park on New Year's Day.

The Hammers slipped to a 1-0 defeat against fellow promoted side Reading on Saturday and have now won just one of their last eight Barclays Premier League fixtures.

Norwich, who had previously been on a 10-match unbeaten run, have lost their last three and Allardyce is hoping his players can end the congested festive period on a high.

Testing times: Sam Allardyce has seen West Ham win just once in their last eight Premier League matches and has called for an instant improvement in 2013

Testing times: Sam Allardyce has seen West Ham win just once in their last eight Premier League matches and has called for an instant improvement in 2013

'We need to bounce back,' he said.

'We've got to make sure we become better at creating and taking our chances, otherwise it's going to be tough.

'The balls into the box haven't been given enough quality to open up a defence as everybody starts tightening up at this stage of the season.'

Allardyce has had to deal with a host of injuries in the past couple of months with key players such as Andy Carroll and Mohamed Diame still sidelined.

The 58-year-old believes the number of players unavailable to him of late has led to a slip in form that leaves the Hammers six points clear of the bottom three.

He said: 'We haven't had our best team out for ages and since we beat Chelsea, our points total has diminished rather than kicked on from there.

'Normally when you get a result as big as that one you kick on and get more and more results as the euphoria keeps you going.

Nightmare: 2012 ended in poor fashion for West Ham after James Collins (left) gifted Reading's Pavel Pogrebnyak the winning goal with a tame back pass

Nightmare: 2012 ended in poor fashion for West Ham after James Collins (left) gifted Reading's Pavel Pogrebnyak the winning goal with a tame back pass

'The injuries have unfortunately kicked in and we've not been able to pick up the results we wanted to.

'It's about getting the players back fit and then keeping them fit, and then we'll be OK but that's got to happen very quickly now.'

The recently recovered trio of Ricardo Vaz Te, Jack Collison and Alou Diarra were all in the matchday squad for the defeat at Reading with only the latter not making it onto the pitch at some stage.

But, despite welcoming a few players back from injury, Allardyce must now cope without the suspended duo of captain Kevin Nolan and defender James Collins for the match with Norwich.

Suspended: Captain Kevin Nolan will miss the New Year's Day match with Norwich after collecting a fifth yellow card of the season

Suspended: Captain Kevin Nolan will miss the New Year's Day match with Norwich after collecting a fifth yellow card of the season

'Losing the game (at Reading) was hard enough, but to lose two key players in the last game of the suspension period makes it even worse,' he said.

'If they had got booked on Tuesday, there's no suspension, but they go and get booked at Reading and now we have to make do without them.'

Collins was at fault for the goal at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday as his under-hit backpass was collected by Royals' striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, who then converted coolly past Jussi Jaaskelainen and the Wales international must now wait to make amends.

'James has to get over the mistake,' said Allardyce.

'But unfortunately he can't on Tuesday as he's suspended. The rest of the team have to get over it and start getting a few more points.'

Nuisance: Reading's Pavel Pogrebnyak, seen here challenging Winston Reid, proved a real handful on Saturday

Nuisance: Reading's Pavel Pogrebnyak, seen here challenging Winston Reid, proved a real handful on Saturday

With the Hammers on a run of poor form Allardyce is expecting a tense atmosphere at Upton Park for the visit of the Canaries.

'I think it is going to be a big test for our nerve for the first time this season,' he said.

'Norwich have been very good defensively, particularly away from home and I think that they make life very difficult for you to break them down and play very well on the counter-attack if you leave too many spaces.'

Allardyce said he was not surprised to see Norwich string together an impressive run of form once their manager Chris Hughton became comfortable in his new surroundings at Carrow Road.

'They did so well last year, there was a little disruption with a change of manager that the club didn't expect,' he said.

'A new manager gets his feet under the
table and doesn't quite know his players and the players don't know him
and once they get to do that and he gets to show he is a good manager
and can replace Paul Lambert they start playing for him the way they
are.

'It is no mean feat to
go 10 games in the Premier League without defeat, that is a great,
great run any of the top six sides would be pleased with that one never
mind someone that is just competing in the Premier League for the second
season running.'

Stalemate: The two sides drew 0-0 at Carrow Road back in September, despite the best efforts of Jonny Howson and Matt Jarvis

Stalemate: The two sides drew 0-0 at Carrow Road back in September, despite the best efforts of Jonny Howson and Matt Jarvis

Jack Collison targets West Ham return after successful comeback from knee injury

West Ham's Collison targets first team return after successful comeback from injury

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UPDATED:

11:16 GMT, 18 December 2012

West Ham's Jack Collison is looking
'onwards and upwards' after making his first appearance since
the Championship play-off final.

The 24-year-old has had to watch the
Hammers' fine start to life back in the top flight from the sidelines
due to a long-standing knee problem.

Boost: Jack Collison came through 45 minutes of Under 21 match

Boost: Jack Collison came through 45 minutes of Under 21 match

Collison, who last featured for first team as they overcame Blackpool at Wembley back in May, stepped up his recovery from injury with the West Ham development squad at Norwich on Monday.

The Wales international came through 45 minutes of the 3-1 Barclays Under 21 Premier League defeat and could not hide his delight at returning.

'It was great to be back out there again,' Collison told the club's official website, www.whufc.com.

'I am obviously a little bit rusty, but I have ticked a box by completing 45 minutes and hopefully it will be onwards and upwards from there.

'I loved it. It was great to be playing football again, even though it was not the best conditions out there. I thought the boys did well and were unlucky to not to get a point out of it.'

Collison's return is a welcome boost to injury-hit West Ham, who are without the likes of Mohamed Diame, Ricardo Vaz Te and Yossi Benayoun.

He will not, though, pinpoint a date for his first-team return, focusing instead on continuing his rehabilitation.

'I will leave that for the manager to decide,' Collison said.

'I have obviously been out for quite a while so for me it is all about building up my fitness and getting that sharpness back.

'I am not sure whether the reserves will have any more games or have arranged any friendlies [before the Elite Group Stage starts in January] but I will be training more now so hopefully I can return as quickly as possible.'

Roberto Martinez believes he can keep Franco Di Santo and James McCarthy at Wigan

Martinez confident he can keep hold of hot property like Di Santo in transfer window

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 14 December 2012

Wigan insist they will not be forced into selling key players like Franco Di Santo and James McCarthy in the January transfer window.

Di Santo, called up by Argentina last month, is out of contract at the end of the season but manager Roberto Martinez would rather let the striker leave for nothing in the summer than damage the club's bid for Premier League survival.

'It's not going to be a financial decision,' said Martinez, who adopted a similar policy with Mohamed Diame and Hugo Rodallega a year ago.

Lockdown: Roberto Martinez believes he can keep the likes of Franco Di Santo (right) at the club

Lockdown: Roberto Martinez believes he can keep the likes of Franco Di Santo (right) at the club

'I can guarantee that we're not going to
try and cash in early. We showed last season that if we feel a player
can give us something we'll keep him, even if he can walk on a free.

'To replace a player who can score 10 or 15 goals in the Premier League you've got to talk about 10million, so if you haven't got that sort of figure it would be foolish for us just to try and get a bit of money.'

Martinez accepts that McCarthy is destined for bigger things in the future but insists that Wigan will take the same stance as they did with Antonio Valencia, Victor Moses and Charles N'Zogbia by keeping the 22-year-old midfielder until they feel it is the right time for him to move on.

He added: 'James is a player who represents what we are as a football club. I've always said that he has the potential to play anywhere in the world, but has he fulfilled his potential with Wigan Athletic Not yet.

'I think there are many things he needs to experiment and improve. Once he does that maybe he will confirm what we expected three or four years ago; that James McCarthy can be one of the best midfielders in the Premier League or European football, but there is a long way to go.'

Wigan travel to Norwich on Satuday after dropping into the bottom three in midweek, but Martinez is not particularly concerned by a situation with which he has become all too familiar during his four seasons in charge.

'We would prefer to be in the top eight, there's no two ways about it, but I think we're close to being a really good team.' he said. 'I don't think we've performed as a bottom three club.'

Confident: Martinez believes Wigan's place in the table does not show their true ability

Confident: Martinez believes Wigan's place in the table does not show their true ability

Al Ahly 0 Corinthians 1: Club World Cup in Japan

Al Ahly 0 Corinthians 1: Chelsea to meet South American champions in Club World Cup final if they beat Monterrey

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UPDATED:

15:25 GMT, 12 December 2012

Corinthians booked a Club World Cup final meeting with Chelsea or Monterrey by surviving a spirited Al Ahly fightback in Toyota today.

Paolo Guerrero scored the only goal shortly before the half-hour mark but the Copa Libertadores winners found themselves firmly under the cosh for most of the remaining hour of play.

Strong start: Paolo Guerrero netted on the half hour mark

Strong start: Paolo Guerrero netted on the half hour mark

Al Ahly goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy was guilty of wasting precious time for the Egyptian champions in the second half, delaying his own inevitable substitution due to injury and disrupting his team’s rhythm as Ramy Rabia, Mohamed Aboutrika and Walid Soliman attempted to force extra-time.

Rabia had showed his promise in the early stages, racing onto Soliman’s free-kick to head just wide of Cassio’s goal, but Corinthians soon seized the initiative.

High hopes: Guerrero rises to beat the Al Ahly goalkeeper

High hopes: Guerrero rises to beat the Al Ahly goalkeeper

Danilo and Fabio Santos both conspired
to miss from close range but Guerrero had the ball in the back of the
net in the 29th minute, the Peruvian heading home Douglas’ lofted cross
to get the 15,000 travelling Brazilian fans in the party mood.

Al Ahly tried to squeeze in an equaliser before the break but Fabio Santos broke up a fine passing move between Soliman and Ahmed Fathi.

Home support: Fans in Sao Paulo celebrate the win

Home support: Fans in Sao Paulo celebrate the win

Home support: Fans in Sao Paulo celebrate the win

The Egyptians made a positive start to a second period that they would dominate, Soliman slightly over-hitting a pass to Geddo at the far post.

Ekramy soon slumped to the ground in his own penalty area, with medics tending to a suspected leg injury for several minutes, but the Al Ahly keeper decided to continue.

Under the cosh: Corinthians spent much of the game defending their lead

Under the cosh: Corinthians spent much of the game defending their lead

Rabia powered his way into a central position to fire narrowly wide of Cassio’s goal following fine work from substitute Aboutrika, but the heavy pressure soon dissipated as Ekramy decided to call time on his own contribution after all.

The protracted distraction over, Al Ahly got back into their groove but could not carve out the equaliser their creative play deserved.

Job done: Corinthians have booked their place in the final

Job done: Corinthians have booked their place in the final

Fathi struck the side netting from Aboutrika’s defence-splitting pass, before the veteran striker saw his own firm effort deflected behind for a corner ahead of Soliman’s long-range drive, which dipped wide.

With four minutes remaining, Rabia roamed into the box one final time, finding the space to clip home a late leveller but instead firing over the bar to hand Corinthians a first final appearance since 2000.

Kaid Mohamed steers Cheltenham past Hereford and into Everton third round FA Cup tie

Mohamed's strike books Everton into trip to Cheltenham for third round FA Cup tie

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00:55 GMT, 12 December 2012

Kaid Mohamed earned League Two high-flyers Cheltenham a bumper pay-day against Everton after edging a tense FA Cup second-round replay at Hereford 2-1 after extra time.

The substitute flicked home a header from Billy Jones’s cross after 114 minutes to deny their Blue Square Premier hosts a 160,000 windfall.

Mohamed’s finish booked a televised home tie against David Moyes’s men on Monday, January 7.

Hitting the winner: Kaid Mohamed (right) is the toast of Cheltenham

Hitting the winner: Kaid Mohamed (right) is the toast of Cheltenham

Hereford fell behind to a disputed Shaun Harrad penalty in first-half injury time.

The forward profited after Jermaine McGlashan was deemed to have been fouled by right back Andy Gallinagh.

Harrad thumped home but winger Sam Clucas forced an additional half-hour.

Elsewhere, League Two Southend pulled off a minor upset to beat League One strugglers Bury 3-2 on penalties at Roots Hall after a 1-1 draw after extra-time. Zac Thompson's opener was quickly cancelled out by Gavin Tomlin for the Shrimpers.

David Worrall, Troy Hewitt and Mark Hughes all missed spot-kicks for Bury, meaning Southend go through to a third round home tie against Brentford, pending an appeal by Bradford City over their expulsion.

Mohamed Diame injury latest: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce rues midfielder"s loss

It's a crushing blow: Hammers boss Big Sam rues 12-week Diame loss

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13:04 GMT, 10 December 2012

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has described Mohamed Diame’s injury as a ‘crushing blow’ for his club.

The Senegal international was carried off on a stretcher during the club’s 3-2 defeat by Liverpool on Sunday after pulling up near the touchline.

Blow: Mohamed Diame will be a big miss for West Ham in the next three months

Blow: Mohamed Diame will be a big miss for West Ham in the next three months

He will be out for up to 12 weeks with a
grade 3 hamstring tear. With the likes of Alou Diarra, Ricardo Vaz Te,
Jack Collison, Yossi Benayoun and Andy Carroll already out injured
Diame’s absence is a big loss to Allardyce.

Allardyce said: ‘We had a massive
blow when Momo Diame pulled up and had to come off because everything
good about us going forward was generally coming from Mo.

‘He was breaking behind Liverpool’s
midfield and it allowed the full backs, the wide men, Kevin Nolan and
Carlton Cole to get in the box. We could not cope after he went off, we
sat back too much and Liverpool punished us.

‘It is not just Mo Diame that is out
and it is not just two weeks that our players are out for, it has been a
crushing blow for us but we will continue to do our best with the
players we have available.’

Diame has been a key player for West Ham this season but was forced off after 73 minutes.

He had been central to the action before his injury and after his withdrawal Liverpool scored twice to take the three points.

Stretchered off: Diame is taken from the field for treatment

Stretchered off: Diame is taken from the field for treatment

Jamie Redknapp"s Weekend Watch: Manchester City"s failure to sign Robin van Persie proves costly

Jamie Redknapp's Weekend Watch: City will be kicking themselves over failure to sign Van Persie

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UPDATED:

23:33 GMT, 9 December 2012

STAR MAN: ROBIN VAN PERSIE

The balance of power has shifted again in Manchester because of one player: Robin van Persie. While Manchester City dithered in the summer, United pounced to sign a 30-goals-a-season match winner. City missed out, United got their man – and we all saw what it means yesterday.

Great buy: Robin Van Persie is already starting to repay his 24m transfer fee at Manchester United

Great buy: Robin Van Persie is already starting to repay his 24m transfer fee at Manchester United

SELL MARIO

How many chances does Mario Balotelli need How much more can City take of his unprofessionalism and bad attitude Roberto Mancini trusted him yesterday and he let his manager down again. Get him out in January, but who will want to solve City's problem

Days are numbered: Mario Balotelli didn't take too kindly to being replaced by Carlos Tevez during the Manchester derby

Days are numbered: Mario Balotelli didn't take too kindly to being replaced by Carlos Tevez during the Manchester derby

GO FOURTH, LIVERPOOL

Glen Johnson proved again why he is the best right back in the country with his display of overlapping power-play and a stunning goal at West Ham. Liverpool's next Premier League matches are against Villa and Fulham and they are showing no signs of form. Fourth place is up for grabs this season.

Best in the country: Liverpool's Glen Johnson was excellent against West Ham

Best in the country: Liverpool's Glen Johnson was excellent against West Ham

OH NO, MO!

I picked Mo Diame as my star man last week and he was impressive again against Liverpool. His torn hamstring puts him out for three months and West Ham lost their way after he went off. The injury might just keep him at the club and keep January predators away.

Injury blow: Mohamed Diame was stretchered off during the Liverpool game and could be out for three months

Injury blow: Mohamed Diame was stretchered off during the Liverpool game and could be out for three months

SPOT ON RAFA

The conversation in which Rafa Benitez said to Fernando Torres, ‘You take the penalties’ was an inspired one. Torres has been reluctant to step forward, but could you have imagined Alan Shearer giving up a chance, one versus one, against a keeper It’s a chance to increase a scorer’s goal tally.

Back in business: Fernando Torres scored twice for Chelsea in their 3-1 win at Sunderland

Back in business: Fernando Torres scored twice for Chelsea in their 3-1 win at Sunderland

BACK IN PLAY

Norwich are flying and it’s good to see Grant Holt back among the goals. It had been six weeks since he last scored and his goal at Swansea was only his fourth of the season. Norwich have shown they don’t have to rely on him but he’s a big player for them.

Slide: Grant Holt celebrates his goal during Norwich's 4-3 win at Swansea on Saturday

Slide: Grant Holt celebrates his goal during Norwich's 4-3 win at Swansea on Saturday

LANDING A PUNCH

Jason Puncheon is in the form of his life. If he isn’t scoring them for Southampton, he’s setting them up. He is playing with high energy and making driving runs from midfield. His manager Nigel Adkins has got him playing and Saints are better for it.

Packing a punch-eon: Jason after scoring the winner against Reading on Saturday

Packing a punch-eon: Jason after scoring the winner against Reading on Saturday

ICEMAN ON TARGET

Cardiff are ready for promotion, with their stadium and their manager — and the signing of marksman Heidar Helguson is inspired. He’s gone from the bottom with QPR to the top with Cardiff and knows about winning promotion.

Ice man: Heidar Helguson in the thick of the action for Cardiff in Friday night's game with Blackburn

Ice man: Heidar Helguson in the thick of the action for Cardiff in Friday night's game with Blackburn

Mohamed Diame has hamstring injury which could last 12 weeks

West Ham's key man Diame set for 12 weeks out after hamstring injury

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UPDATED:

19:24 GMT, 9 December 2012

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is fearful he could be without midfielder Mohamed Diame for up to 12 weeks after he suffered a hamstring injury in the 3-2 defeat to Liverpool.

Diame has been a key player for West Ham this season but was forced off after 73 minutes.

He had been central to the action before his injury and after his withdrawal Liverpool scored twice to take the three points.

Blow: Mohamed Diame will be a big miss for West Ham in the next three months

Blow: Mohamed Diame will be a big miss for West Ham in the next three months

The Senegal international was stretchered from the pitch after pulling up near the touchline and Allardyce did not give a positive early prognosis.

'Not good, it does not take a medical expert to know it is a serious hamstring tear when he falls and stopped the way he did,' he said.

'I would expect, in medical terms, for it to be a grade 3 (injury) and that could be anything up to eight, 10 or 12 weeks.'

With the likes of Alou Diarra, Ricardo Vaz Te, Jack Collison, Yossi Benayoun and Andy Carroll already out injured Diame's absence is a big loss to Allardyce.

'For us he is about the start and build-up of most of the creative side of our game – he runs at them (defenders) with pace and ability that puts them on the back foot,' he said.

'That is what we have lost and what we will be missing for a number of weeks so we are going to have to be a bit more dogged and resilient with the players we have got available, rather than have the more creative side we have had from Mo.'

Diame's performances for the Hammers
have seen him linked with a number of clubs, especially given that he
has a release clause in his contract, but Allardyce reckons he would
rather deal with bids for his player in the transfer window than have
him sidelined.

'I would sooner have that aggravation
in January where people trying to get him than lose him for the period
of time, eight-12 weeks,' he said.

Stretchered off: Diame is taken from the field for treatment

Stretchered off: Diame is taken from the field for treatment

'In my experience, I have had a
number of hamstring injuries myself in my time, when you go down like
that you know you have really got (a bad) one.

'We will wait until it has settled
down and then scan it, we will find out exactly how big the damage is
and move on from there.'