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Micah Richards will be given special summer training programme to minimise injury risk

EXCLUSIVE: Man City star Richards will be forced to follow special summer training programme after injury-hit season

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And City's medical team are devising a specially-designed training plan, aimed primarily at strengthening his injured knee, for Richards to follow during the close season to ensure his body is ready for the rigours of pre-season given he'll have spent virtually an entire season on the sidelines.

Blow: Richards was stretchered off during the game against Swansea

Blow: Richards was stretchered off during the game against Swansea

Richards had hoped to be back playing at the beginning of this month, but his return was delayed after complaining of tightness in his injured knee during the latter stages of his rehabilitation process.

News of Richards' pending return will be a major boost to City manager Roberto Mancini ahead of his side's run-in.

Juventus hope to sign Didier Drogba from Shanghai Shenhua

Drogba to Juventus Club director reveals plans to beat AC Milan to striker's signature

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Press Association Reporter

PUBLISHED:

18:32 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:39 GMT, 7 January 2013

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has confirmed the Serie A club have enquired about the availability of Shanghai Shenhua striker Didier Drogba.

The Bianconeri have already made an approach to sign Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente on a Bosman free transfer in the summer, but with Arsenal loanee Nicklas Bendtner sidelined through injury, the Italian champions are eager to bolster their immediate options.

Quoted on calciomercato.com, Marotta told television programme Domenica Sportiva: 'Drogba We are always making enquiries and we have made one for him.

In demand: Juventus hope to recruit Drogba this month

In demand: Juventus hope to recruit Drogba this month

'We have asked about his availability and after that we will look at the financial aspects and talk to the coach.'

Juve boss Conte had previously ruled out any approach for the former Chelsea striker, but player recruitment is overseen by Marotta.

A person claiming to be Drogba's agent, Carlos Arino Bajo, had claimed Drogba had an option to end his two-and-a-half year contract in China, a claim later rejected by the London-based Sports PR Company.

Bajo had told tuttomercato.com: 'Didier
has a termination agreement with the Chinese club and I think he has a
lot of possibilities to move to Italy in January.

Instrumental: Drogba was the key player in Chelsea's Champions League triumph

Instrumental: Drogba was the key player in Chelsea's Champions League triumph

'There is real interest from Juventus and AC Milan, and it is the same from Didier regarding the transfer.

'There have been contacts with both clubs and next week we will hear
from them again. He would love to compete in one of the world's best
leagues, such as the Italian Serie A.'

But the Sports PR Company, who count Drogba and several of his former
Chelsea team-mates among their clients, responded through their official
Twitter account.

On his way: Llorente could also join Juve

On his way: Llorente could also join Juve

The company tweeted: 'Please note, these quotes are not correct. This
guy is not Didier's agent, his sole agent is Thierno Seydi (a
FIFA-registered agent based in Senegal).'

Drogba has been training with Chelsea, with whom he won the Champions
League in May, in the lead-up to the African Nations Cup which begins in
South Africa on January 19.

Ken Bates programme notes: No mention of Chelsea but he blasts UEFA and FIFA

Leeds chief Bates snubs Chelsea in his programme notes… and blasts UEFA and FIFA's 'antics'

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UPDATED:

20:14 GMT, 19 December 2012

Leeds chairman Ken Bates has not mentioned Chelsea in his programme notes ahead of the sides' Capital One Cup clash.

Bates used to be the Blues' owner and in the build up to the game even described Wednesday night's clash as 'like getting a new Bentley with your mother-in-law in the passenger seat and watching it go over a cliff'.

He was at Stamford Bridge for 21 years before leaving in 2004, and taking over at Elland Road.

Strong words: Ken Bates is unimpressed with both UEFA and FIFA

Strong words: Ken Bates is unimpressed with both UEFA and FIFA

Instead of writing about his former
club he has blasted UEFA’s decision to spread Euro 2020 across different
countries and has suggested countries will be awarded matches in return
for votes in forthcoming elections.

UEFA president Michel Platini
confirmed recently that Euro 2020 will take place in more than one
venue, prompting fears that many fans will not be able to afford to
travel.

Writing in the
match programme ahead of his club’s Capital Cup tie against Chelsea,
Bates said: 'The antics of UEFA and FIFA continue unabated (no pun
intended).

Who are ya

Football fans often like asking their opponents the question 'who are ya' when they full well know who they are.

But both Leeds and Chelsea supporters would be entitled to look at this team-sheet handed out at Elland Road and wonder just who 'Marko Marvin' was.

Marko Marvin

German attacker Marko Marin admittedly
hasn't featured much for the Blues since his summer switch – but you
wouldn't have thought he'd been out for long enough for people to forget
his name.

'UEFA’s latest daft idea is that the European Nations Cup is played at venues throughout Europe.

'This could mean the games are staged at anywhere from Dublin to Moscow, Belgrade or even Jerusalem!

'The logistics of implementing this idea would be horrendous, least of all for the PBF (Poor Bloody Fans).

'The competition coincides with the height of the holiday season, which will put pressure on aircraft seat capacity, trains and hotel rooms, to say nothing of the cost involved.

'You can expect two or three small countries to get a venue, thus securing their votes in the next UEFA/FIFA elections.'

Bates also turned his attention to FIFA’s decision to award to 2022 World Cup finals to Qatar.

'There have always been suspicions about staging the World Cup in Qatar,' said Bates.

Shake on it: Rival managers Neil Warnock and Rafa Benitez exchange pleasantries before the game

Shake on it: Rival managers Neil Warnock and Rafa Benitez exchange pleasantries before the game

Daft! Bates' verdict on Michel Platini and UEFA's decision to host Euro 2020 across the continent

Daft! Bates' verdict on Michel Platini and UEFA's decision to host Euro 2020 across the continent

'(FIFA president) Sepp Blatter claimed the reason is by going to new countries it is spreading the word and helps take football to a much wider audience.

'But Australia, who lost out, has a much higher population of over 22 million, compared to Qatar, approximately 1.8m. The climate in Qatar in summer often exceeds 100F, but now there is the suggestion it be switched to winter.

'That’s nothing compared to the irreversible financial damage it would do to domestic football. This madness must be stopped in its tracks.

More reason for anger: Sepp Blatter and FIFA were also a target because of their decision to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

More reason for anger: Sepp Blatter and FIFA were also a target because of their decision to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

'The Association of European Leagues, the FAs and domestic leagues should join common cause and say enough is enough.

'If FIFA persists with this scheme they should collectively boycott the event and not make their players available. The ultimate sanction will be to resign from this incompetent organization and see it collapse.

'Both UEFA and FIFA speak with forked tongue. They say that clubs should reduce the size of domestic competitions to reduce players’ fatigue, at the same time increasing international fixtures includes fatuous friendlies, all for profit.'

Hannah Miley claims 200m individual medley silver at European Short Course Championship

Brit Miley claims 200m individual medley silver at European Short Course Championship

PUBLISHED:

00:47 GMT, 23 November 2012

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UPDATED:

00:48 GMT, 23 November 2012

Hannah Miley set a British record as
she claimed silver in the 200m individual medley at the European Short
Course Championships in France.

The Scot, who won silver and bronze at last year's competition in Poland, finished behind Hungary's Katinka Hosszu in two minutes 6.21 seconds, with British team-mate Siobhan-Marie O'Connor in fourth.

Making a splash: Brit Hannah Miley

Making a splash: Brit Hannah Miley

Miley, who reached three finals but
failed to find the podium at London 2012, attributed her new training
regime to the result in France.

'I've changed my training programme and it's showing it works,” she told the BBC.

'Every season we change things slightly and I'm pleased with the effect it's had.'

The 23-year-old was eighth at the end of the butterfly leg, and found herself in fourth on the backstroke before her breaststroke leg saw her first at the turn.

But Hosszu – fourth in the 400m individual medley at London 2012 – beat her on the final freestyle leg to secure gold.

Ryan Shawcross weighs up six-year Stoke deal

Shawcross weighing up six-year deal as Stoke try to ward off Manchester United

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09:13 GMT, 6 November 2012

Stoke are set for fresh talks with Ryan Shawcross as the Manchester United target considers a new six-year deal to stay at the Britannia Stadium.

Shawcross has 18 months left on his contract but manager Tony Pulis is desperate to tie him down in the next few weeks as United wait in the wings.

Deal or no deal: Ryan Shawcross has a six-year contract on the table

Deal or no deal: Ryan Shawcross has a six-year contract on the table

The Red Devils signed Shawcross as a
15-year-old in 2002 and Old Trafford manager Sir Alex Ferguson admits
his regret at letting the defender leave for the Potters in a 1m move
four years ago.

Ferguson does, however, have a buy-back option which gives him first refusal if any clubs try to sign Shawcross.

The United boss is planning for life after Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic and Shawcross, who is also on Tottenham's radar, fits the bill.

Ferguson, in his programme notes when United played Stoke last month, wrote: 'I was delighted to see him called up for the England squad because he is a quality player I have wished – particularly of late – was still at Old Trafford.

'The problem was that at the time of his release we had an especially strong group of young centre-halves and it was becoming impossible to give them all games at the level their progress warranted.

'We had Jonny Evans, Gerard Pique, Ryan Shawcross, Craig Cathcart and Paul McShane and something had to give. We made the right decision keeping Jonny Evans but I'm not so sure about letting Shawcross join Stoke.'

United target: Shawcross (centre) was back at Old Trafford last month

United target: Shawcross (centre) was back at Old Trafford last month

Wales blow as Adam Jones ruled out of autumn internationals

Blow for Wales as Jones is ruled out of big autumn clashes

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UPDATED:

22:32 GMT, 26 October 2012

Wales have suffered a major injury blow ahead of their demanding autumn series of Test matches.

Prop Adam Jones, regarded as one of the finest scrummagers in world rugby, will miss games against Argentina, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia due to a knee problem.

Jones went off early in the second half during the Ospreys' Heineken Cup defeat against Leicester on Sunday and now faces a lay-off of between six and 10 weeks.

Blow: Adam Jones is out of the autumn internationals

Blow: Adam Jones is out of the autumn internationals

The Wales squad, under interim head coach Rob Howley's direction, leave for a training camp in Poland this weekend.

Jones, 31, had been due to be part of those pre-autumn preparations, but he will now concentrate on regaining full fitness prior to Wales' RBS 6 Nations title defence.

The WRU said Jones will be regularly assessed to establish an accurate timescale for his return to playing. He was reviewed by an orthopaedic surgeon on Friday.

Jones, who has won 83 caps and played in two Tests for the British and Irish Lions on their 2009 South Africa tour, originally injured his knee last month.

But his early exit against Leicester set alarm bells ringing, and concerns over his fitness were sufficient for Wales to draft uncapped Scarlets prop Samson Lee into their squad as cover for Jones in Poland.

Injury: Dan Lydiate is likely to be out of action until after the Six Nations

Injury: Dan Lydiate is likely to be out of action until after the Six Nations

A decision on whether Lee now joins the autumn Test squad permanently, or another player is called up, will be made at a later date. Apart from his immense value to Wales, Jones could also be considered a prime candidate to tour Australia with the Lions next summer.

That squad will be headed up by Wales boss Warren Gatland, which is why Howley is in charge for Wales' autumn Test programme and the Six Nations campaign.

Wales' Six Nations opener is against Ireland in early February. Jones' absence is the second setback to hit Wales this term.

Flanker Dan Lydiate, player of the tournament in last season's Six Nations, suffered a serious ankle injury during a RaboDirect PRO12 game against Edinburgh. It is thought he is unlikely to regain full fitness until after the Six Nations, although like Jones, he should be fit and available for the Lions tour.

Wales start their autumn programme against Argentina on November 10 before facing Samoa six days later. They then meet world champions New Zealand on November 24 before concluding the autumn programme against Australia seven days later.

Wales have not beaten the All Blacks since 1953, while they will meet the Wallabies for the first time since losing all three Tests Down Under earlier this year.

Leeds buy-out not affected by Chris Kirkland assault

Thug won’t halt Leeds buy-out as Bahraini investors plough on with deal

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23:37 GMT, 24 October 2012

The furore over Friday night’s assault on Chris Kirkland will not cost Leeds United the chance of a fresh start under prospective purchasers GFH Capital, Sportsmail can reveal.

Leeds chairman Ken Bates admitted he feared the Bahraini investment company may pull out of negotiations after seeing a fan run on from the away end at Hillsborough and floor Sheffield Wednesday keeper Kirkland with a double-handed blow to the head.

The intruder has since been arrested and jailed, but widespread condemnation of a flashpoint that once more put Leeds fans, as a whole, in the dock left Bates fearing the worst.

Assault: Chris Kirkland was attacked during Leeds' match with Sheffield Wednesday

Assault: Chris Kirkland was attacked during Leeds' match with Sheffield Wednesday

Writing in his programme notes for Tuesday night’s game with Charlton, he aired his misgivings that months of painstaking negotiations could have been scuppered, and said: ‘What message does that give to potential investors and commercial partners I don’t know what they must be thinking after watching Friday night’s events unfold.’

But Sportsmail understands GFH remain undeterred and are as determined as ever to conclude their discussions and assume control at Elland Road as soon as possible.

Though shocked by the images of Kirkland being struck to the ground, they evidently feel the actions of one individual do not represent Leeds’ fan base in its entirety.

Takeover talks have been underway since May, and Bates confirmed recently that the would-be buyers, a subsidiary of Gulf Finance House, had made an upfront payment of 2million in their quest to become Leeds’ new owners.

GFH wrote to the Bahrain stock exchange last month to inform them they were ‘leading the acquisition’ of Leeds and followed up by issuing a statement outlining their determination to steer the Elland Road club back into the Barclays Premier League.

That intent remains undimmed by the controversy surrounding a heated Yorkshire derby, and more talks are planned in an attempt to reach an agreement with majority shareholder Bates.

Leeds United 1 Charlton 1 match report: David Norris and Dorian Dervite score

Leeds United 1 Charlton 1: Bates hits out at 'low-life thug' and admits fears for club takeover

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UPDATED:

21:26 GMT, 23 October 2012

Leeds chairman Ken Bates hit out at the jailed thug who attacked Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland during last Friday’s televised clash at Hillsborough.

And he fears it may have put the Bahraini takeover of Leeds at risk.

Aaron Cawley was jailed for 16 weeks for the assault and in his programme notes Charlton, Bates wrote: ‘There can be nothing but contempt and total condemnation for the low-life thug who invaded the pitch and caused bodily harm to Chris Kirkland.’

Finishing school: David Norris powers Leeds in front at Elland Road

Finishing school: David Norris powers Leeds in front at Elland Road

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Level pegging: Dorian Dervite equalises

At a subdued Elland Road, Leeds
struggled to kick-start their high-tempo game and they didn’t test
Charlton keeper Ben Hamer until midfielder David Norris gave them a
37th-minute lead.

Michael Brown’s free-kick into the
area triggered penalty appeals as the ball appeared to strike Leon Cort
on the hand in an aerial tussle with Luciano Becchio. But Norris seized
his opportunity to swivel 180 degrees and fire past Hamer from the edge
of the area.

It proved a precarious advantage,
however, as Charlton went close to an equaliser when Tom Lees headed a
Johnnie Jackson corner against his own bar.

But within five minutes of the
restart, Charlton levelled when Dorian Dervite struck a debut goal past
Paddy Kenny from 20 yards to silence Leeds’ lowest league gate of the
season.

Sir Alex Ferguson hops Rio Ferdinand England absence lengthens Manchester United career

Ferguson hopes side effect of Rio's England absence is a prolonged United career

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UPDATED:

17:01 GMT, 20 October 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson is hopeful Rio Ferdinand will lengthen his Manchester United career as a result of being continually overlooked by England manager Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson told a fan on the Jubilee Line recently that he was moving on from Ferdinand and, with a patchy fitness record, it is difficult to see the 33-year-old being selected by his country again.

Not Roy's choice: Rio Ferdinand might be able to play for longer at Old Trafford

Not Roy's choice: Rio Ferdinand might be able to play for longer at Old Trafford

'I don't think the John Terry controversy at Chelsea has done our man any favours,' said Ferguson in his programme notes ahead of Saturday's 4-2 win against Stoke at Old Trafford.

'I feel Rio Ferdinand has rather caught the backwash in terms of his international career.

'All I will say is that from a Manchester United point of view, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have substantially extended their playing careers with us by retiring early from the international scene.

'That kind of situation is entirely up to the player involved of course, but I know what I hope Rio will do.'

However, Ferguson will reprimand the defender because of his refusal to wear a Kick it Out T-shirt before the Stoke match.

Ferdinand was known to have reservations about wearing the top because he is unhappy with the way the recent John Terry saga was handled by the football authorities and was the only United player to warm-up in a regular training top.

Ferguson said: 'It is embarrassing for me. He will be dealt with, no doubt about that.'

Speaking to United's in-house TV channel MUTV, he added: 'I am disappointed. I said yesterday that the players would be wearing it in support of the PFA and that every player should adhere to it.

'And he goes and lets us down. We will deal with it, don't worry.'

Hopeful: Ferguson has seen players like Paul Scholes extend their career

Hopeful: Ferguson has seen players like Paul Scholes extend their career

Kieron Dyer thanks Mark Hughes for QPR recall

Injury-prone Dyer thanks QPR manager Hughes for his recall

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 24 September 2012

Kieron Dyer should play against Reading on Wednesday and thanks QPR boss Mark Hughes for remembering the time he played against him.

'That's how long I've been playing,' said Dyer. 'As soon as the manager came in, he said: “I want you to get fit and next season, we're going to give you another chance because I've played against you and I know what you can do.”'

Back in action: Dyer paid tribute to QPR chief Hughes

Back in action: Dyer paid tribute to QPR chief Hughes

Dyer worked through the summer on his rehabilitation, signed a new contract and has made three appearances this season.

'It was a huge vote of confidence, especially when you see some of the players released,' said Dyer.

'Hopefully I can repay the faith. The manager and his staff have been fantastic. They put me on a special training programme and I haven't missed a session.'