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Mahamadou Diarra could miss rest of season

Jol fears influential midfielder Diarra could miss most of season with knee injury

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UPDATED:

16:54 GMT, 20 September 2012

Crocked: Diarra

Crocked: Diarra

Fulham fear Mahamadou Diarra could be ruled out for the majority of the season, manager Martin Jol admitted on Thursday.

Jol revealed the potential extent of the injury Diarra suffered making his return from international exile with Mali this month.

The 31-year-old, who had not played for his country for more than a year, damaged his left knee and was forced to miss Fulham's 3-0 Barclays Premier League win over West Brom last weekend.

Jol confirmed on Thursday afternoon that Diarra required some form of surgery and would miss at least another three weeks.

But if it transpires he has damaged his cruciate ligament, he could be out for up to five months.

Jol, who was expecting to learn the true extent of the damage next week, said: 'There's a little piece of cartilage floating in his knee, so we have to operate that in any case, and that can be three or four weeks.

'But if there is damage to his cruciate ligament, for example, it will take a lot longer.

'It will take him three, four, five months at least.'

That would be a huge blow to Fulham,
whose lack of cover in midfield was demonstrated by the signing of
Greece veteran Giorgos Karagounis after the transfer window closed.

That followed the summer departures of the likes of Clint Dempsey, Mousa Dembele, Danny Murphy and Dickson Etuhu.

Jol was forced to play defender Chris
Baird alongside Steve Sidwell in midfield against West Brom and will do
so again in Saturday's game at Wigan.

Waiting game: Jol does not know how long the midfielder will be out for

Waiting game: Jol does not know how long the midfielder will be out for

The Dutchman added: 'Hopefully, we will
stay fit. The advantage is that we don't have to play in Europe. But if
Bairdy or Sidwell would get an injury then we could end up with a slight
problem.'

Baird's secondment has also left Jol with a defensive headache after he revealed Philippe Senderos was still not ready to step up his comeback from a broken foot by playing for the reserves.

'He needs maybe two weeks to come back and be match fit,' Jol said.

'Baird, of course, plays in midfield now, so I need Philippe as soon as possible.'

Jol will still be without Kieron Richardson (hip), Kerim Frei (pelvis) and Ashkan Dejagah (match fitness) this weekend, although he expected the former to resume training next week.

There was better news on the injury front for Bryan Ruiz and Mladen Petric, both of whom were declared fit to return at the DW Stadium.

And Jol also revealed Ruiz and former Wigan star Hugo Rodallega were vying for a place in his starting line-up alongside new hero Dimitar Berbatov.

'I don't tell anyone the line-up before matches but that is the big decision we have to make,' he said ahead of an away game which could reveal a lot about Fulham's prospects this season.

Headache: Any more injuries will leave Martin Jol in a tight spot

Headache: Any more injuries will leave Martin Jol in a tight spot

Having won both their home matches and lost all three of their away games so far – including a Carling Cup shock at Sheffield Wednesday – the Cottagers are in danger of slipping back into their old habit of being a soft touch on their travels.

Jol cited injuries as being largely to blame and insisted his squad were capable of improving on their four away wins from last season.

He said: 'We managed just four wins last year and a couple of draws. That was not good but it wasn't bad either. If we manage to get five or six away wins, I think we will do well.'

Andy Farrell rejoins England"s coaching staff

Lancaster gets his man as Farrell rejoins England's coaching staff

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UPDATED:

10:22 GMT, 28 June 2012

Andy Farrell is to rejoin the England coaching team on July 2, the Rugby Football Union have announced.

Farrell has signed a contract through to January 2016 and he will take charge of England's backs and defence for their tilt at World Cup glory on home soil in 2015.

The former dual international was part of Stuart Lancaster's interim coaching team for this year's RBS Six Nations, which guided England to second place in the championship.

England return: Andy Farrell is back in the coaching set-up

England return: Andy Farrell is back in the coaching set-up

Farrell initially decided his
coaching future lay with Saracens, who had released him on secondment to
England, but changed his mind at the end of the Aviva Premiership
season.

'I loved every minute of coaching
England and working with Stuart and Graham Rowntree and this group of
players in the Six Nations and to get the opportunity to do it
permanently is a dream,' said Farrell.

'I have watched England in South
Africa and I am massively excited about the potential that was clearly
evident in the three Tests and midweek matches.

'I had seven very special years with
Saracens and the club will always have a fond place in my heart. I am
grateful for the help they have given me as a player and a coach and I
wish everyone involved the best in the future.'

Back in the fold: Farrell with Lancaster at an England training session back in January

Back in the fold: Farrell with Lancaster at an England training session back in January

Farrell was replaced for England's
summer tour of South Africa by Mike Catt, who is still under
consideration for a role in an expanded four-man senior coaching team.

'I will continue to review the
make-up of the coaching team over the next few weeks to ensure that
England has the best structure and personnel,' Lancaster said.

'I am delighted that we have got Andy
on board. He is a special coach and an individual and the way this team
has developed is a testament to the foundations that we laid in the Six
Nations.

'Andy, Graham and myself work well
together and I am looking forward to carrying on that close relationship
over the next three-and-a-half years as we build towards a home World
Cup.'

England"s Stuart Lancaster to appoint Mike Catt

RFU move for former England star Catt as fight for Farrell and Smith drags on

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UPDATED:

07:31 GMT, 26 April 2012

Stuart Lancaster appears to be closing in on the appointment of Mike Catt as his next interim backs coach – but he will remain in regular contact with Andy Farrell.

Lancaster had argued strongly for the Rugby Football Union to recruit Farrell from Saracens on a permanent basis following the impact he made during his secondment with England for the RBS 6 Nations.

When the RFU failed to lure Farrell from the Aviva Premiership champions, Lancaster approached Wayne Smith over the role of England backs coach through to the 2015 World Cup.

Change course: Stuart Lancaster is exploring other options regarding his coaching staff after missing out on Andy Farrell, who will stay with Saracens

Change course: Stuart Lancaster is exploring other options regarding his coaching staff after missing out on Andy Farrell, who will stay with Saracens

Smith, the New Zealand attack specialist deemed by many to be the best in the global game, is weighing up the offer but he would be unavailable until after the summer tour to South Africa.

Lancaster is expected to add Catt to his core management team on a short-term basis for England's three-Test, five-match trip.

The RFU were accused of dragging their heels over negotiations for Farrell, who had forged such a successful team with Lancaster and Graham Rowntree during the Six Nations.

'I had a great relationship with Andy
from the Saxons, I enjoyed working with him and felt he was the right
man to help us through that Six Nations period,' Lancaster told the RFU
website.

Pedigree: Mike Catt won the World Cup

Pedigree: Mike Catt won the World Cup

'And he did exactly that, he had a massive impact on the players and on the environment and culture. He's obviously stepped from playing to coaching seamlessly and then transferred that club coaching to international coaching.

'He was brilliant for me and we had a fantastic journey through the Six Nations together. He had decisions to make after the tournament and I fully respect those decisions. We still have a great relationship and will talk all the time.'

London Irish are not thought to have received an official approach from the RFU for Catt, although that may not be necessary.

Catt has one year remaining on his London Irish contract but he is reportedly leaving the club this summer as part of a cull of back-room staff.

England are taking at least 40 players to South Africa and Lancaster is looking at adding some support coaches to his core management team.

'There will be three main coaches but to do this tour with just three coaches would be a stretch so we'll need some support in there too,' Lancaster said.

'Short term we need to find a replacement for Andy for the tour and some support coaches who can come in and help out with the team that plays in midweek.

'And also on the sheer logistics of it – we're going to select 40-plus players and we want to make sure we give them the feedback they deserve.

'Long term as well I want to make sure we've got the best coaching team to take us not only through the QBE Internationals this autumn and next year's Six Nations but right the way through Rugby World Cup 2015.'