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Kevin Davies to be released by Bolton after a decade at the Reebok

'Shocked' Bolton legend Davies to be released after a decade at the Reebok (and the club told him on his birthday!)

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John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

19:58 GMT, 26 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:13 GMT, 27 March 2013

Kevin Davies has been left shocked and hurt after discovering he is being released by Bolton at the end of the season.

The former England striker, who turned 36 on Tuesday, is out of contract in the summer and he has been told he will not be offered an extension by the Championship side.

Davies, who has made more 400 appearances and scored 84 goals during a 10-year spell at Bolton, admits he has been taken aback by the news as he had hoped to finish his career at the Reebok Stadium.

Finest hour: Kevin Davies scores for Bolton against Bayern Munich to secure an improbable 2-2 draw in the Allianz Arena in 2007

Finest hour: Kevin Davies scores for Bolton against Bayern Munich to secure an improbable 2-2 draw in the Allianz Arena in 2007

Davies celebrates

He told talkSPORT: 'It was a bit of a shock. I was shocked at the time and it's not quite sunk in yet, but these things happen.

'I've had clubs come in for me down the years but always turned them away because I've been so happy here. I always wanted to stay here and finish my career here, and hoped to go into a coaching role. That's maybe why it's shocked me so much.'

The former Blackburn and Southampton centre forward, who will look at the possibility of going out on loan in the next few days, insists he has no intention of hanging up his boots yet, however.

Aerial ultra: Davies scores with his head against Tottenham and (below) Chelsea

Aerial ultra: Davies scores with his head against Tottenham and (below) Chelsea

Kevin Davies scores against Chelsea

'I've had a few clubs come in for me so I'm not going to start panicking about retiring just yet. I want to carry on for at least a couple more years yet. It hurts right now, but hopefully by the end of this season I'll have a new challenge ahead of me,' he said.

Davies also revealed his contract runs out just before he is due a testimonial at Bolton, although the Bolton News report that the striker could still get one if he asks the club.

He said: 'It would have been nice to have one as a thank you for what I've done.

'I was aware when I signed [a new deal] last year it was running short, and the club said they might extend it for a week or two [to get to the testimonial] but I don't think that will happen.

Leading from the front: Davies's all-action style has made the Bolton captain a hero at the Reebok

Leading from the front: Davies's all-action style has made the Bolton captain a hero at the Reebok

Kevin Davies challenge

Yellow peril: Davies, here challenging Tom Cleverley, has been booked 99 times in the Premier League

Yellow peril: Davies, here challenging Tom Cleverley, has been booked 99 times in the Premier League

'Right now it's difficult for me to take but I need to keep my head up. It's going to be hard to try to keep involved, but I just have to try my best.'

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman told the club's official website: 'Kevin Davies is and always will be a Wanderers legend.

'I want to be fair to him as regards his future, as he deserves it. This decision means that he is now free to sort himself out with a new club in plenty of time for next season.'

International man of history: Davies became the second oldest player to make his England debut, against Montenegro in 2010 at the age of 33

International man of history: Davies became the second oldest player to make his England debut, against Montenegro in 2010 at the age of 33

Angus Porter, Professional Cricketers" Association chief, reveals Tom Maynard was not tested for drugs before death

PCA chief Porter reveals Maynard wasn't tested for drugs last season before death

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

16:57 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:57 GMT, 3 March 2013

Professional Cricketers' Association chief Angus Porter has revealed Tom Maynard was not drug tested last season before his death in June.

Maynard was killed in the early hours of June 18 after he was electrocuted and hit by a tube train near Wimbledon Park station.

Maynard had been trying to evade police after abandoning his car, and a Westminster Coroners' Court was told last week that he was four-times the legal alcohol limit to drive and that he had also taken cocaine and ecstasy on the night of the accident.

Tragic death: Tom Maynard was not tested for drugs last season

Tragic death: Tom Maynard was not tested for drugs last season

A post-mortem report also revealed the 23-year-old Surrey batsman, who was regarded as a potential England international, had used cocaine for at least three-and-a-half months.

In the wake of the findings the PCA have begun talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board to increase the levels of drug-testing – which would also include out-of-competition samples.

While Porter said Maynard's recreational drug use would have been detected under the current policy – which focuses on performance-enhancing drugs – he confirmed the batsman had not been tested last season.

'We have a drug-testing regime in cricket like those in all professional sports which is primarily focused on detecting performance-enhancing drugs for very obvious reasons,' Porter told BBC Radio Five Live.

Tribute: Maynard is remembered in the pavilion at The Oval

Tribute: Maynard is remembered in the pavilion at The Oval

He added: 'The pattern of drug use in Tom's case suggests he would have been picked up by our existing drugs programme.

'Although the use of recreational drugs outside of competition is not a breach of the anti-doping code, use in competition is a breach.

'So he would have tested for recreational drugs had he been tested in competition. Unfortunately given that is a random process he wasn't tested last year.'

Porter confirmed talks with the ECB to initiate out-of-competition testing were ongoing and that 'hair sampling' was likely to now be used to catch recreational drug users.

Shocking: A post-mortem report revealed that Maynard had been using cocaine for at least three months

Shocking: A post-mortem report revealed that Maynard had been using cocaine for at least three months

'We're in advanced discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board about implementing a testing programme for drugs out of competition and almost certainly using hair sampling,' he said.

'As the coroner identified that gives you a longer history and a more certain test.

'We need to be clear we are talking about testing, not to catch cheats, but testing to find people who have a drugs problem.

'Therefore, it will be linked with a confidential programme of help, support, advice and if necessary treatment to get them back on the right path.'

Porter also promised to 'redouble' efforts to educate players on the issues associated with drug taking.

At the inquest: Maynard's former Surrey team-mates Jade Dernbach and Rory Hamilton-Brown (below)

At the inquest: Maynard's former Surrey team-mates Jade Dernbach and Rory Hamilton-Brown (below)

Friend: Rory Hamilton-Brown goes into the inquest

'We work very hard to make sure that all players understand both the challenges they face as professionals and also understand the risks that go with those and the issues associated with being in the public eye,' he said.

'We'll be redoubling our efforts in that respect to make sure they are educated and have access to help when they need it.

'If we are going to turn this in to a positive in any way it's that the things we are wrestling with are ones that are challenges for society at large. If we can draw attention to those challenges then that will be a good thing.'

Arsenal financial figures show 120m in the bank after 17m six-month profit

Arsenal are sitting on whopping 120m in the bank… so why did they only spend 8.5m on a full back in January as their rivals left them behind

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The club, who are under increased pressure from fans to start competing in the transfer market, also showed that money was made on player sales once again, despite including the extra funds used to improve the contracts of Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and others.

The news will receive mixed reviews from fans who are growing impatient at the lack of ambition shown in the market.

Show me the money: Arsenal have released their financial figures to show they turned a profit once again

Show me the money: Arsenal have released their financial figures to show they turned a profit once again

Arsenal were off the pace in the battle for fourth when the January transfer window opened, yet they waited until the final hours to strengthen their squad, only then spending a minimal 8.5m on left back Nacho Monreal.

The lack of action came after a summer in which the club sold their captain, Robin van Persie, to Manchester United for 24m.

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood
said: 'Our ability to compete at the top of the game here and in Europe
is underpinned by our financial performance which gives the club
strength and independence.

'Our desire is to make everyone
connected with Arsenal proud of the club. We know that comes through
winning trophies but also through the way we do things and that will
remain our constant guide.'

The financial report states the that
'profit on sale of player registrations amounted to 42.5m' – down
from 63m in 2011 but still a cause of concern to those fans who
believe Arsenal have not replaced players such as van Persie and before
him Cesc Fabregas by those of similar quality.

Hill-Wood insisted, however, that was not the case.

He added in a statement: 'Let me be
quite clear that our intention is to keep our best players and recruit
new talent to make us stronger.

'Although we were disappointed to see Van Persie leave the club, we have taken steps to secure our best
players going forward and have recently signed Jack Wilshere, Theo
Walcott, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl
Jenkinson to new long-term contracts.

'During this financial period we also
invested 40.9m in the acquisition of new players, Lukas
Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud, and the extension of other
player contracts. More recently we added Nacho Monreal to our ranks from
Malaga.'

Solitary buy: Monreal (left) was Arsenal's only purchase in January

Solitary buy: Monreal (left) was Arsenal's only purchase in January

Boost: Arsenal improved the deals of six homegrown players this season, but still turned profit

Boost: Arsenal improved the deals of six homegrown players this season, but still turned profit

Feeling the heat: Arsene Wenger

Feeling the heat: Arsene Wenger

Hill-Wood said that the Premier
League club's agreement to bring in financial fair play-style spending
controls would help Arsenal.

He said: 'These new rules will be good for us, good for the Premier League and good for the game as a whole.

'It is important that we maintain the
quality and level of competition if the game is to continue being a
compelling spectacle and we believe the introduction of tighter
financial regulation will assist all clubs to compete while remaining
financially responsible.'

Arsenal's football turnover dropped
from 113.5m to 106m as a result of four fewer home
fixtures compared to the same period last year.

The report also
confirmed an extended partnership with Emirates which will be worth up
to 150m.

Hill-Wood added: 'The Emirates
partnership is one of the biggest sponsorship deals in the game and is
an endorsement of the commercial approach we are taking.'

The figures are for the half year to the end of November 2012.

Protests: Arsenal fans have grown frustrated with a lack of spending compared with high ticket prices

Protests: Arsenal fans have grown frustrated with a lack of spending compared with high ticket prices

Protests: Arsenal fans have grown frustrated with a lack of spending compared with high ticket prices

The Arsenal Supporters' Trust (AST) said the figures highlighted the need for the club to spend more money on team strengthening.

An AST spokesman said: 'These figures contain few surprises. They show that Arsenal yet again made a profit from the sale of their best players and that the club has large cash reserves.

'Arsenal fans have contributed to this financial health through paying some of the highest ticket prices in world football. A further improvement in the club's financial strength is expected when new TV monies and commercial deals come on stream in 2013 and 2014. AST members want to see this money used for more, and better, investment in the team'.

Aston Villa back campaign for safe standing

Villa back campaign for safe standing but Premier League and Hillsborough group oppose the idea

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UPDATED:

11:18 GMT, 29 October 2012

Aston Villa have become the first Premier League club to publicly back a new campaign for trials of standing areas for fans in top-flight and Championship matches.

The campaign has been launched by the Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) and with Birmingham MP Roger Godsiff, Aston Villa and Peterborough have both given their support to calls for the Government to allow 'small-scale trials of safe standing areas' and have volunteered to host a trial.

Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner said: 'We have had a number of good discussions and meetings with the FSF over the past 12 months and fully support their campaign to allow small-scale trials of safe standing areas at grounds.

Stand up: Aston Villa are keen to trial safe standing areas at Villa Park

Stand up: Aston Villa are keen to trial safe standing areas at Villa Park

'Whenever we have discussed the topic with our fans we've found almost unanimous support for such a trial, and the concept of giving fans the choice to decide to either sit or stand at a game.

'We believe Villa Park could be a potential venue for such a trial, and would like the opportunity to progress the plans further with the wider support of the football community in this country.'

Godsiff has also submitted an early day motion to Parliament which 'urges the Government to accept the case for introducing, on a trial basis, limited standing areas'.

The trials would need a change in the Football Spectators Act 1989, brought in after the Hillsborough disaster.

On their feet: Borussia Dortmund fans and other fans in Germany are allowed to stand in designated areas

On their feet: Borussia Dortmund fans and other fans in Germany are allowed to stand in designated areas

Peter Daykin, Safe Standing Coordinator at the FSF, said: 'For two decades since the Taylor Report, the overwhelming majority of football supporters have favoured a choice of standing and sitting at football, and fans continue to stand throughout all levels of the game today, even in the Premier League and Championship where it is against ground regulations and facilities are designed for sitting.

'Standing was outlawed on grounds of safety, and yet successive governments have agreed that standing is safe – it's hard not to when it is done perfectly safely every week at rugby grounds, lower league football grounds and in top football leagues all around the world.'

Last year the Hillsborough Family Support Group opposed any move to bring back standing areas.

HFSG spokesman Margaret Aspinall said then: 'The Hillsborough Family Support Group are totally against any form of standing whatsoever. We are absolutely against it and always will be. Our football clubs should remain all-seater stadiums.

The last time: Fulham's Craven Cottage was the last ground to have terraces in the Premier League before the ground was redeveloped in 2002

The last time: Fulham's Craven Cottage was the last ground to have terraces in the Premier League before the ground was redeveloped in 2002

'People always say they have standing areas in Germany, but we don't play any part over what happens in that country – we just believe there's no such thing as safe standing in this country. We will not be encouraging the government to change the law.'

The Premier League and successive governments have until now also opposed any change.

The Premier League will not support the campaign and argued that all-seater grounds had had significant benefits.

A PL spokesman said: 'Since the introduction of all-seater stadia the supporter experience has improved significantly and we have seen more diverse crowds attending Premier League matches including more women and children.

'The police, safety officers and licensing authorities remain clear on this issue and have consistently informed us that crowd management has improved as a result of all-seater stadia being in place in the top two divisions in this country.

'We will not be encouraging the Government to change the law.'

Lance Armstrong could face perjury charges

Armstrong may face perjury charges after denying drug use in court

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UPDATED:

10:36 GMT, 12 October 2012

Lance Armstrong could be subject to perjury charges after testifying in court that he had never taken banned performance-enhancing drugs, according to the US anti-doping agency.

The cyclist, named by USADA as being a central figure in a major doping scheme by the US Postal team, had told a court in Dallas under oath in 2005 he had never taken banned drugs.

Armstrong also told the court he had never violated the rules of the Tour de France, nor had the team doctor Michele Ferrari administered banned drugs to him.

Troubled times: Lance Armstrong (right) could face perjury charges

Troubled times: Lance Armstrong (right) could face perjury charges

The USADA report, however, claims Armstrong's statements in court were false.

The report states: 'As demonstrated by the testimony of numerous witnesses in this case, each of the above statements made under oath and subject to the penalties of perjury were materially false and misleading when made.'

Meanwhile, the report highlights how the US Postal team were able to avoid detection of use of the banned blood-boosting agent EPO by injecting cyclists with saline just before tests to lower their blood cell count.

The report says: 'The USPS team made regular use of saline infusions, a prohibited method, which permits a rider to quickly reduce his hematocrit level in order to beat the UCI's health check 50% hematocrit threshold and to fool the biological passport program.

Tricks: Armstrong is said to have got around drug tests sneakily

Tricks: Armstrong is said to have got around drug tests sneakily

'One of the bolder examples of the use
of saline to fool the testers was at the 1998 World Championships when
Armstrong's doctor literally smuggled past a UCI official a litre of
saline concealed under his rain coat and administered it to Armstrong to
lower his hematocrit right before a blood check.'

The USADA report also states that Armstrong was guilty of 'witness intimidation' when people testified against him or Ferrari.

At the 2004 Tour de France, the report says Armstrong told cyclist Filippo Simeoni, 'You made a mistake when you testified against Ferrari… I can destroy you.' and made a gesture of zipping his lips.

'Mr Armstrong's actions in connection with his threatening statement, constitute acts of attempted witness intimidation,' says the USADA report.

Five of Lance Armstrong's former team-mates have accepted six-month doping bans from USADA after their evidence helped strip Armstrong of his seven career Tour de France titles.

Going down: Several of Armstrong's team-mates have accepted doping bans

Going down: Several of Armstrong's team-mates have accepted doping bans

The USADA said the bans imposed on George Hincapie, Tom Danielson, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie were reduced because of 'substantial assistance' supplied by the riders in relation to their investigation into Armstrong.

A sixth former Armstrong team-mate, Canadian Michael Barry, also accepted the sanction, although Barry announced his retirement from the sport last month.

Ordinarily, the riders would have faced bans of at least two years for admitting the offences.

John Terry racism row: Ashley Cole under fire in FA report

Cole comes under fire in Terry racist abuse report after his FA evidence was altered to include the word 'black'

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UPDATED:

10:28 GMT, 5 October 2012

Ashley Cole and Chelsea have been criticised by the FA after his evidence in the John Terry racist abuse hearing was amended to include the word 'black'.

In the 63-page document released by the FA commission detailing the reasons behind Terry's four-match ban and 220,000 fine for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, the Chelsea left-back's evidence comes under the microscope.

Cole's statement supporting Terry's version, and the role played by a Chelsea club official, are questioned by the commission.

Criticised: Cole arrives at Westminster Magistrates court in July

Criticised: Cole arrives at Westminster Magistrates court in July

FA reveal Terry hearing details

Click HERE for the full 63-page FA report on the John Terry racism case

Terry had been cleared in Westminster Magistrates Court in July of a racially-aggravated public order offence, partly helped by the testimony of England and Chelsea team-mate Cole.

However, the commission found that there were discrepancies in Cole's initial statement to FA interviewers of what he heard Ferdinand say to Terry compared to later statements.

Cole did not mention the word 'black' in the initial interview with the FA on October 28. On November 3, Chelsea club secretary David Barnard asked the FA for the specific word 'black' to be inserted into Cole's witness statement, suggesting that Cole may have heard Ferdinand use the term.

Snub: Ferdinand refused to shake Cole's hand last month

Snub: Ferdinand refused to shake Cole's hand last month

Race row: Ferdinand (left) faced Terry at Loftus Road last month

Race row: Ferdinand (left) faced Terry at Loftus Road last month

The commission saw an email exchange between the FA and Barnard and said that should be regarded as 'cogent new evidence'.

The statement read: 'These highly material issues relating to Mr Cole's evidence were not addressed by the Chief Magistrate – he clearly did not have the interview notes of the FA's interviewers, or Mr Barnard's statement before him – and they do not appear in his judgment.

'Accordingly, that material can and should properly be regarded as cogent new evidence. Had it been before him, the commission has no doubt that the Chief Magistrate would have examined Mr Cole's evidence as to what he claims he heard Mr Ferdinand say to Mr Terry on the pitch very carefully indeed, or scrutinised it even more closely than he may have done.

'All of this causes the commission to have very real concerns about the accuracy of Mr Barnard's recollections, and the motivation for the assertions that he makes in his witness statement about what Mr Cole said during the FA interview of him, particularly his alleged use of the word “black”.'

Chelsea would not comment on the contents of the written reasons.

A Chelsea spokesman said: 'As we said last week we recognise that John has the right to appeal.

'In view of this it would be inappropriate for us to comment further on the matter at this time.'

Borussia Dortmund scouting report

Borussia Dortmund scouting report: Man City's opponents are Klopp class

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UPDATED:

22:18 GMT, 2 October 2012

Manchester City host Borussia Dortmund hoping to put disappointment of defeat to Real Madrid behind them and kick-start their Champions League challenge.

Sportsmail takes a look at the German champions heading to the Etihad stadium.

German engineering: Klopp is bringing his team to the Etihad looking for victory

German engineering: Klopp is bringing his team to the Etihad looking for victory

KLOPP CLASS

Jurgen Klopp was little more than a journeyman striker-turned-defender during a career spent entirely with Mainz 05.

As a coach, though, the 45-year-old has revitalised Dortmund over the last four seasons by bringing through a new generation of young players like Shinji Kagawa, Robert Lewandowski, Kevin Grosskreutz and Ilkay Gundogan.

It has paid off handsomely with BVB, as the club are known, winning the Bundesliga title two years in a row.

NO FEAR

The Germans insist they do not fear any of their opponents in the so-called Group of Death and believe the pressure is on City following their opening defeat by Real Madrid.

Grosskreutz said: ‘We will definitely have respect for City but we won’t be daunted. They and Real Madrid are favourites but City won’t make the mistake of underestimating us.’

Kick back and relax: Grosskreutz believes the pressure is firmly on City

Kick back and relax: Grosskreutz believes the pressure is firmly on City

ROLLS REUS

Dortmund spent the money they received from Manchester United for Kagawa in the summer on 13.5million Monchengladbach striker Marco Reus, even though they had let him go for nothing six years ago because he was deemed to be too small.

The 23-year-old lived up to his top billing by scoring twice on Saturday against the club who released him.

BACK IN BUSINESS

Like City, Dortmund’s previously impregnable defence has been leaking more goals this season. A back four built on the sturdy centre back partnership of Neven Subotic and Mats Hummels shipped six in two games before Saturday.

Flat out: Dortmund have been leaking goals this season

Flat out: Dortmund have been leaking goals this season

POLE POSITION

Robert Lewandowski, linked with United and Arsenal in the summer, was rested on Saturday.

But after his great winning goal against Ajax in Dortmund’s opening Group D fixture, expect the Poland striker to be back in the starting line-up.

Five young players to watch in the League Cup

Scouting report special: These cup kids can become famous five

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UPDATED:

22:03 GMT, 27 September 2012

Youth was given its head in this week’s Capital One Cup and youngsters grabbed their chance with both hands. Sportsmail picks out a handful to keep an eye on…

Oussama Assaidi

Liverpool

Has a slight frame but a fierce work ethic and his trickery means it’s just a matter of time before Brendan Rodgers bloods him in the Premier League. The Moroccan winger, who cost 2.5million in August, had a strike-rate of one in three for previous club Heerenveen. Former Morocco coach Eric Gerets, explaining to Adel Taarabt why the QPR man wasn’t in his plans, is reported to have said: ‘Watch Assaidi.’

Oussama Assaidi

Michael Keane

Manchester United

The 19-year-old is the twin of striker Will, who is also on United’s books but currently injured. Born in Stockport, Keane was a full back but is starting to make his name in the centre of defence. Has five caps for England Under 19s and committed to the country of his birth after originally playing youth football for the Republic of Ireland. United’s Jonny Evans said: ‘He has a great future.’

Micheal Keane

Lucas Piazon

Chelsea

The Brazilian joined 18 months ago from Sao Paulo for 7.5million. He signed a five-year deal on his 18th birthday in January and helped Chelsea win the FA Youth Cup last season. He made his senior debut against Wolves on Tuesday, playing 90 minutes wide on the left of the three advanced midfielders. Has poise, skill and awareness but rejects comparisons with Kaka. ‘I am a winger or a second striker and he is a midfielder,’ said Piazon. ‘I think it is because we come from Sao Paulo.’

Lucas Piazon

Serge Gnabry

Arsenal

There has been a buzz around the German since he joined from Stuttgart for 100,000 last year. He is quick, powerful, has excellent technique and an explosive burst of pace and can play wide or behind the main striker. He signed professional terms this summer and made his first-team debut with a sparkling 18-minute cameo against Coventry.

Serge Gnabry

Andros Townsend

Tottenham

Has had more loan clubs than he has made appearances for Spurs and at 21, the jury is still out on the talented and speedy winger. But he did score an excellent individual goal and created the opener at Carlisle on Wednesday night to make a positive impression on new manager Andre Villas-Boas. Looks to have benefited from so many loan spells but needs a run of games for his Spurs career to take off.

Andros Townsend

James Milner will see toe specialist for injury

Toe trouble for Milner leaves Mancini waiting on specialist report

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UPDATED:

11:44 GMT, 24 September 2012

Manchester City midfielder James Milner will see a specialist on Monday after missing the 1-1 draw against Arsenal with a toe problem.

The England international has been on the fringes of things for City this season, making only one Barclays Premier League start and another late appearance as a substitute but he remains a valuable member of boss Roberto Mancini's squad.

Injury: James Milner (right) has a toe problem

Injury: James Milner (right) has a toe problem

The Italian admits he does not know how long Milner might be out for, saying: 'Milner has a problem in his toe. He has pain. He will see a specialist on Monday and after that we'll decide what to do.'

Defender Maicon also missed Sunday's clash after taking a kick in the Champions League defeat by Real Madrid and will also be unavailable for Tuesday's Capital One Cup tie against Aston Villa.

Manchester United to wear black armbands in memory of murdered policewomen

Man United to wear black armbands in memory of murdered policewomen

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UPDATED:

13:59 GMT, 19 September 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken of his sadness at the murder of the two policewomen killed in a grenade and gun attack.

His players will wear black armbands during Wednesday night's Champions League encounter with Galatasaray at Old Trafford in honour of Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes.

Pc Bone, 32, and Pc Hughes, 23, had been sent to investigate what appeared to be a routine burglary report in Hattersley, Greater Manchester, yesterday when they were attacked. Wanted fugitive Dale Cregan, 29, later handed himself into a nearby police station.

Tragedy: Tributes will be paid to the two policewomen on Wednesday night

Tragedy: Tributes will be paid to the two policewomen at Old Trafford on Wednesday night; below, flowers are left near the scene of the murders

Tragedy: Tributes will be paid to the two policewomen at Old Trafford on Wednesday night; below, flowers are left near the scene of the murders

Ferguson said: 'We are all deeply saddened by the tragic loss of two young policewomen protecting our community.

'Fiona and Nicola were highly valued members of Greater Manchester Police and the local community.

'Our thoughts and prayers are now with their families and friends at this devastatingly sad time.'

Cregan has been arrested and is being questioned by police.