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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.’

Kevin Pietersen says Nagpur pitch was his toughest challenge yet after England"s slow start

Nagpur pitch was my toughest challenge yet, says Pietersen after hitting a watchful 73

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UPDATED:

21:32 GMT, 13 December 2012

Kevin Pietersen described the Nagpur pitch as the ‘toughest’ he had encountered in his 92-Test career as England crawled to 199 for five on the crucial first day of the fourth Test against India.

England’s No 4 faced 188 balls for his 73 — one of the slowest innings of his career — and described the task ahead for Alastair Cook’s team as ‘an incredible challenge’ as they seek a first series win in this country for nearly 28 years.

Tough test: Pietersen hit an obdurate 72 before falling to Ravindra Jadeja

Tough test: Pietersen hit an obdurate 73 before falling to Ravindra Jadeja (FILE IMAGE)

‘It is the toughest wicket I have played Test cricket on in terms of trying to play strokes,’ he said. ‘The Indians think this is the kind of wicket they can produce to pull the series back.’

Pietersen suggested the day’s play,
which saw a run-rate of 2.05 an over, must have proved a turn-off for
TV audiences, with only 21 fours struck in 97 overs.

‘The
viewers have got no interest in what I’ve got to say because they
switched off four or five hours ago,’ he said. ‘It’s an incredible
challenge for the lads to see what we can get out of this over the next
four days.’

Pietersen
did, however, suggest England’s selection of two seam bowlers (Jimmy
Anderson and Tim Bresnan) to India’s one (Ishant Sharma) could yet help
the tourists in their hunt for an historic 3-1 series win. ‘We are in a
position of strength by having two seamers,’ he said. ‘I found Ishant
incredibly difficult to play.’

But Indian debutant Ravindra Jadeja, who removed both Pietersen and Jonathan Trott, defended India’s selection policy, saying: ‘It was a good decision to play four spinners because it will help us in the second innings, when there will be more footmarks.’

West Ham will punish minority – David Gold

We will investigate from top to bottom and the minority will be punished

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UPDATED:

22:40 GMT, 26 November 2012

Like many of the people around me in the directors’ box at White Hart Lane I didn’t hear or see any of the reported inappropriate behaviour during Sunday’s game with Tottenham. If I had then I’m sure I would have been mortified.

We have a clear stance towards any kind of discriminatory behaviour at West Ham — it will simply not be tolerated.

David Sullivan and I are leading an investigation from the top of the club to establish exactly what happened.

Warning: David Gold promised action will be taken by West Ham

Warning: David Gold promised action will be taken by West Ham

If we can identify any individuals who have acted inappropriately they will be sought out and banned by the club as part of our zero-tolerance policy.

We genuinely believe we have some of the best supporters in the country and we will not let a minority of fans — no matter how small — affect the reputation of our great club.

We are a club that promotes tolerance and inclusion of people from all backgrounds, race and religion.

Just a quick look around our boardroom table would tell you that.

I am very proud of my Jewish heritage and have always been made to feel welcome at West Ham since I started watching them as a young boy back in the 1950s.

Disgraceful: West Ham fans allegedly sang ant-Semitic songs on Sunday

Disgraceful: West Ham fans allegedly sang ant-Semitic songs on Sunday

That wasn’t always the case growing up in the East End and I know first-hand how difficult dealing with prejudice can be, which is why I feel so passionately about promoting inclusion in society today.

At West Ham we feel very passionately that every supporter should be made welcome at the Boleyn Ground, whatever their race, religion or nationality and we are keen for our club to carry on taking the lead in promoting tolerance and inclusion of people from all backgrounds and cultures.

We must not let the tens of thousands of supporters who follow our club in exactly the right way be overlooked by Sunday’s events.

Former batsman Greg Ritchie criticised for "racist" remarks

Former Australia batsman Ritchie criticised for 'racist' remarks during South Africa Test

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UPDATED:

15:44 GMT, 11 November 2012


Criticised: Greg Ritchie, pictured in 1985, has been slated for comments at a lunch

Criticised: Greg Ritchie, pictured in 1985, has been slated for comments at a lunch

Former Test player Greg Ritchie has been criticised by Cricket Australia for making alleged racist remarks at a lunch during the first Test with South Africa.

Ritchie, a batsman who played for Australia between 1982 and 1987, made the remarks when speaking at a lunch held by the Gabba Members' Club on the first day of the first Test on Friday.

CA contacted Ritchie, who admitted making the comments, and he was reminded about the organisation's anti-racism policy.

CA has also stated it does not think it appropriate for Ritchie to speak at any of its international venues.

The governing body has also been given assurances by Queensland Cricket and the Gabba Members' Club that Ritchie is not due to speak at the venue for the remainder of the Test, which tomorrow enters its fourth day.

A CA spokesman said: 'We are very disappointed at comments Greg Ritchie has made at the luncheon.

'A senior CA official has contacted Greg Ritchie, who has admitted making the comments, and CA has made it clear to Mr Ritchie that it finds his comments totally unacceptable.

'QC and the Gabba has confirmed that Mr Ritchie is not booked to speak at the venue for the rest of this Test.

Comments: Ritchie made the remarks at a lunch during the Test between Australia and South Africa

Comments: Ritchie made the remarks at a lunch during the Test between Australia and South Africa

'We have spoken to QC and the Gabba Members' Club and reminded them of the obligations under the ICC Anti-Racism Policy for International Cricket and of the Australian community expectations of speakers that speak publicly within our venues.'

CA is also writing to remind all of its member states and venues about its support of anti-racism initiatives.

The spokesman continued: 'Cricket Australia believes there is no place for racism in sport, on or off the field.

'We fully support the ICC Anti-Racism Policy for International Cricket.

'We regularly carry messages as per the (policy) on our big screen at matches, so all our spectators clearly understand their obligations under it.

'CA believes that it is not appropriate for Mr Ritchie to be speaking at our international cricket venues at present.'

Ritchie, who played for Queensland for 12 years, scored 1,690 runs in 30 Tests with a top score of 146.

John Terry to start against Liverpool

He's back! Terry starts first match since four-game race ban in Liverpool clash

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UPDATED:

15:35 GMT, 11 November 2012

John Terry will start his first game at the heart of Chelsea's defence since his four-game ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand last season.

The Chelsea skipper was selected to partner Branislav Ivanovic at centre back, as the Blues host Liverpool at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

Terry was one of Roberto Di Matteo's unused substitutes when Chelsea beat Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League last Wednesday.

Back in the mix: John Terry starts for Chelsea against Liverpool

Back in the mix: John Terry starts for Chelsea against Liverpool

The 31-year-old faces no easy task, as Luis Suarez will lead the line for the Reds as Brendan Rodgers' side try to work their way up the table.

Terry's selection comes after Di Matteo stated last week that even his captain was not immune from his rotation policy.

The Italian manager said: 'He's certainly a fantastic player for us and he will continue to be so and continue to be our captain and our leader when he plays.'

'I don't think anybody's guaranteed a starting place.'

'They all have to work and be fighting for their place in the team.'

He added: 'We've got a lot of competition in the team and they're all internationals.

'We've got an England international playing or a Brazil international, or a Serbia international.

'So, all of them are international players that have a lot of quality and they are at a very high level.'

But Terry is back in defence today alongside two relatively inexperienced full backs. Ryan Bertrand and summer signing Cesar Azpilicueta will flank the centre backs at Stamford Bridge.

Fernando Torres is playing against his former club again since leaving for a so far unjustified sum of 50million in January last year.

John Terry no longer automatic Chelsea pick, says Roberto Di Matteo

Terry is no longer an automatic pick, insists Di Matteo ahead of Chelsea skipper's return

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UPDATED:

18:08 GMT, 9 November 2012

Roberto Di Matteo has insisted John Terry was still Chelsea's 'captain and leader' but warned that did not make the defender immune from his squad rotation policy.

Di Matteo sprang a huge surprise on Wednesday night by leaving Terry on the bench for the Blues' Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk, arguably the first truly big game their skipper had missed when fit and available for almost a decade.

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Back in action: Terry trains at Cobham on Friday ahead of his expected return against Liverpool on Sunday

Back in action: Terry trains at Cobham on Friday ahead of his expected return against Liverpool on Sunday

The official explanation was a lack of
match fitness after the 31-year-old was limited to only one competitive
outing in a month due to his domestic four-match racism ban.

Yet Terry had been thrown back into the deep end after returning from injury and suspension on plenty of occasions in the past, leading some to suggest his omission against Shakhtar might have marked the beginning of the end of his time at the club.

But Di Matteo said on Friday: 'He's certainly a fantastic player for us and he will continue to be so and continue to be our captain and our leader when he plays.'

However, it is precisely how often that is which is now far from a certainty.

Under pressure: Gary Cahill and David Luiz have played at centre back in Terry's absence

Under pressure: Gary Cahill and David Luiz have played at centre back in Terry's absence

'I don't think anybody's guaranteed a starting place,' Di Matteo said.

'They all have to work and be fighting for their place in the team.'

He added: 'We've got a lot of competition in the team and they're all internationals. We've got an England international playing or a Brazil international, or a Serbia international.

'So, all of them are international players that have a lot of quality and they are at a very high level.'

Di Matteo also admitted he was wary of the threat posed by 'magnificent' striker Luis Suarez ahead of Liverpool's trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Pole star: Luis Suarez has been described as 'magnificent' by Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo ahead of Liverpool's visit to Stamford Bridge on Sunday

Pole star: Luis Suarez has been described as 'magnificent' by Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo ahead of Liverpool's visit to Stamford Bridge on Sunday

The controversial striker, who has been the standout performer for Liverpool this season scoring 10 goals in 15 games, is sure for a hostile reception.

But the Chelsea manager said: 'He’s a magnificent player, and very dangerous. They don’t have many other strikers but they have some young talented players and some experienced players, Glen Johnson, (Martin) Skrtel, (Daniel) Agger, (Steven) Gerrard, (Jose) Enrique are all Premier League players with a lot of games in their legs.'

VIDEO: Di Matteo considers the opposition ahead of this weekend's game

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Brendan Rodgers hits back as Liverpool selection policy is questioned

Don't disrespect my players! Liverpool boss Rodgers hits back after selection policy is questioned

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UPDATED:

10:08 GMT, 9 November 2012

Brendan Rodgers has defended his decision to leave several key men at home for Liverpool's Europa League group stage defeat to Anzhi Makhachkala in Moscow on Thursday night.

The 1-0 loss saw the Russian side leapfrog the Reds to gain top spot in Group A, leaving Rodgers' side with work to do in their final group games against Udinese and Young Boys if they are to qualify for the knockout stages.

Rodgers opted to leave the likes of Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez at home as he selected a side containing nine Englishmen with an average age of just 24, but he says he was impressed with the performance despite the result.

Pointless: Liverpool came away from Russia with nothing on Thursday night

Pointless: Liverpool came away from Russia with nothing on Thursday night

Pointless: Liverpool came away from Russia with nothing on Thursday night

Pointless: Liverpool came away from Russia with nothing on Thursday night

Defiant: Rodgers (left) defended his decision to leave the likes of Gerrard and Suarez at home

'Not at all. I think that is a little disrespectful to the players who are here,' the Northern Irishman told the Liverpool Echo when asked if bringing Gerrard and the others would have made a difference.

'They have been magnificent and I thought they did really well and we just got punished for a mistake. That led to us losing the game but I don’t think it was anything to do with Suarez, Gerrard, Joe Allen, Martin Skrtel or Daniel Agger not being here.

'It was just one of those things. We will take it as a team, we are disappointed but there are so many positives from tonight.'

Giant striker Lacina Traore netted the only goal of the game just before half-time in a match in which Liverpool dominated possession, and Rodgers felt his side were unlucky not to head home with at least a point.

Winner: Lacina Traore is mobbed after scoring the only goal of the game just before half-time

Winner: Lacina Traore is mobbed after scoring the only goal of the game just before half-time

'We are disappointed with the result. I thought the players put everything into the game,' he added.

'Tactically our concentration was very good. We controlled the game for 44 minutes and 50 seconds of the first half

'We made a bad mistake and got punished and that is the level.

'It was more of the same second half.

'We had chances and there is real disappointment in the changing room and I felt for the players.

'We were up against a good side with top players and we held our own. Some of the young players were terrific and we are disappointed not to have got something from it.

Home grown: Rodgers started with nine Englishmen

Home grown: Rodgers started with nine Englishmen

Home grown: Rodgers started with nine Englishmen

'It was a mistake late on in the half. We just have to do that better at defending it once he (Traore) has turned.

'That is something the players involved know themselves so it is nothing they need to be told.

'I thought the performance level was good on a difficult pitch but I thought the players played the system tactically very well.

'We just find ourselves unfortunate not to get something from a very difficult place.'

Leeds 3 Southampton 0 match report: Michael Tonge, El Hadji Diouf, Luciano Becchio score

Leeds 3 Southampton 0: Adkins' kids are given a Tonge lashing as United power on

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UPDATED:

21:50 GMT, 30 October 2012

Nigel Adkins fielded an entirely new Southampton starting line-up and was made to pay as a vibrant Leeds put his Barclays Premier League strugglers to the sword in the Capital One Cup at Elland Road.

Not only did the under-pressure Southampton manager make 11 changes, he named six teenagers on the bench, in a selection policy that said everything about where the League Cup ranks compared to his desperation to keep his lowly side in the top flight.

No mistake: Michael Tonge opens the scoring after 35 minutes

No mistake: Michael Tonge opens the scoring after 35 minutes

On target: Tonge

Match facts

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You can't handle the Diouf: El Hadji gets a shot away

Getting close: Leeds' Luke Varney shares a moment with ref Chris Foy

Getting close: Leeds' Luke Varney shares a moment with ref Chris Foy

Not only did they beat a path to the
Southampton area, in a lively opening, they carved out enough clear-cut
chances to have made the game safe before half time.

None was clearer than the one Varney
managed to squander from point-blank range that must surely count as one
of the misses of the season.

Overseeing matters: Neil Warnock watches on at Elland Road

Overseeing matters: Neil Warnock watches on at Elland Road

Shake on it: Michael Brown congratulates Tonge after the opener

Shake on it: Michael Brown congratulates Tonge after the opener

Aidan White’s 14th-minute chip
towards the far post was hooked back across the area by El Hadji Diouf
towards the lurking Varney, who looked as though he could not miss from
no more than two yards.

Incredibly, as he stretched out a boot, Varney
only succeeded in knocking the ball back across the six-yard box to a
startled Diouf, whose scuffed effort bobbled wide.

Outnumbered: Leeds' Michael Brown and Rodolph Austin take on Richard Chaplow

Outnumbered: Leeds' Michael Brown and Rodolph Austin take on Richard Chaplow

Adkins’ wholesale changes were there
to be exploited, and Leeds did not hold back, as they continued to pick
holes in a makeshift Southampton defence.

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Slide rule: Southampton's Guly Do Prado tackles Aidan White

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Breaking away: Leeds' Luke Varney skips away from Daniel Seaborne

Varney cleverly tricked his way to
the bye-line on the left and tried to cut the ball back for Diouf. An
outstretched leg prevented it reaching its target, but the reprieve
proved shortlived, as Tonge seized on the loose ball and fired it
through a ruck of players to put Leeds in front.

Southampton had been a shambles throughout the first half and there was little sign of improvement at the start of the second.

Jos Hooiveld summed up the disarray that ran through the Southampton ranks by pulling Varney back to concede a needless free-kick in a central position 20 yards out.

Fortunately for the centre-back, Diouf wasted the opportunity by ballooning the kick yards over.
Leeds made the tie safe in the 88th minute, following a stunning run by Austin that took him past two defenders. Though a sprawling save by Davis denied him, Diouf was on hand to force home the loose ball.

Bobby Julich leaves Team Sky for doping past

Sky reaffirm zero tolerance policy as coach Julich leaves team after admitting doping past

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UPDATED:

16:27 GMT, 25 October 2012

Team Sky have announced the departure of race coach Bobby Julich after reaffirming their zero-tolerance policy to doping.

American Julich admitted to having taken a banned substance in the late 1990s during his racing career and his two-year spell at the British team has now come to an end.

Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford said: 'Bobby has shown courage in admitting to the errors he made long before his time with Team Sky.

Out: Bobby Julich, pictured during his racing days in 2006, will no longer be working at Team Sky

Out: Bobby Julich, pictured during his racing days in 2006, will no longer be working at Team Sky

'We understand that this is a difficult step for him and we've done our best to support him.

'It's important to emphasise that there have been no doubts about his work with us or his approach as a coach.

'He has done a good job and been a good colleague during his two years with us. Bobby has our best wishes for the future.

'We've made clear our commitment to being a clean team and been open about the steps we're taking.

'Although it's never easy to part, we believe this is the right thing to do.'

Julich worked closely with Briton Chris Froome, runner-up in the Tour de France to Bradley Wiggins.

Hard line: Team principal Dave Brailsford has said that Julich showed 'courage' in admitting to doping in the 1990s

Hard line: Team principal Dave Brailsford has said that Julich showed 'courage' in admitting to doping in the 1990s

Necessary: Team Sky rider Chris Froome (right) says that in order for the team to go forward, the likes of Julich are right to leave

Necessary: Team Sky rider Chris Froome (right) says that in order for the team to go forward, the likes of Julich are right to leave

Speaking at the launch of the 100th Tour on Wednesday, Froome predicted departures from the British team after Brailsford reiterated the zero-tolerance policy to doping in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal.

Froome told BBC Sport: 'That's going to be part of the losses the team has to make to be able to go forward.

'I wish it was that simple for everybody on the team. (But) we have staff and riders who rode in that time (the Lance Armstrong era).'

Brailsford and sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters are in the process of interviewing all riders and members of staff at Team Sky and asking them to sign a statement to confirm they have never been involved in doping.

Stained: Lance Armstrong was finally stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for systematic doping

Stained: Lance Armstrong was finally stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for systematic doping

Team Sky reiterate zero tolerance drug policy through Dave Brailsford

Team Sky staff must sign anti-doping declaration as Brailsford reiterates zero tolerance policy

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UPDATED:

22:28 GMT, 17 October 2012

Dave Brailsford re-stated Team Sky’s anti-doping policy as the fallout from the Lance Armstrong scandal continued.

The British team, currently on an end-of-season camp in London, began interviewing its 80 riders and staff, in a bid to rid the team of any individuals who have used drugs in the past.

Honest: Dave Brailsford and Bradley Wiggins

Honest: Dave Brailsford and Bradley Wiggins

'We sat down with everybody this morning and re-stated where we’re at,' said Brailsford. 'We’ve started a process where we’ll meet with every staff member and rider and have an honest and frank discussion.'

Given the scale of cycling’s doping problem, as outlined in graphic detail in last week’s US Anti-Doping Agency’s 1,000-page report into Armstrong, Sky’s zero-tolerance policy presents 'a serious challenge,' admitted Brailsford.

'A lot have said that in the 1990s and early 2000s every rider could have doped,' he continued. 'It’s highly likely, from what we’ve learned recently. But it doesn’t change my belief or my commitment to run a clean team with the same [zero tolerance] policy.

'If someone has a [doping] past, and they’re lying, the likelihood of it coming out is high. The truth is going to come out, and it could be painful for us. If we have to start from square one, so be it.'

Brailsford added that all riders and staff will be required to sign a statement pledging no previous involvement in doping; anybody who refuses to sign it will be sacked.