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Fabio Capello trains at Chelsea for Russia v Brazil while Luiz Felipe Scolari and Yuri Zhirkov also return

Capello arrives at Stamford Bridge with Blues looking for new boss… but he's here on official Russia duty

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Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

13:18 GMT, 24 March 2013

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13:34 GMT, 24 March 2013

So Fabio Capello has arrived at Stamford Bridge this season after all.

But don't worry Rafa, he's not here for a secret meeting with Roman Abramovich – instead to take charge of Russia in their glamour friendly against Brazil on Monday night.

Capello took a stroll through Kensington on Sunday morning and then led a training session for his squad on Chelsea's pitch – though Yuri Zhirkov was already well acquainted with his surroundings having played there for two seasons.

At the Bridge: Fabio Capello took a training session for his squad at Chelsea's ground

At the Bridge: Fabio Capello took a training session for his squad at Chelsea's ground

Capello (right) gets his point across

All together now: Capello talks to his Russia players ahead of the glamour friendly

All together now: Capello talks to his Russia players ahead of the glamour friendly

The 18million signing failed to make an impact – with Chelsea favouring a 4-3-3 system which did not accomodate his favoured left midfield position position.

Perhaps his best spell came when Ashley Cole was injured – he slotted in at left-back and performed well.

Zhirkov departed for Anzhi Makhachkala in August 2011 for close to 13m.

Old haunt: Yuri Zhirkov played at Chelsea for two seasons but struggled to make a lasting impact

Old haunt: Yuri Zhirkov played at Chelsea for two seasons but struggled to make a lasting impact

View from the Bridge: Russia's players prepare to face the likes of Neymar, Kaka and Oscar

View from the Bridge: Russia's players prepare to face the likes of Neymar, Kaka and Oscar

Capello was focused on the job at hand and had no time to discuss speculation over a move to Chelsea.

He said: 'I know nothing about this. I am really happy with Russia and focused to qualify for the World Cup.'

Capello's counterpart, Luiz Felipe Scolari, has history at Chelsea.

The World Cup winner had an ill-fated spell with the club in 2008, taking over from Avram Grant with Jose Mourinho's shadow still looming over the club.

Scolari brought in Deco and Jose Bosingwa and although he started well, things fell apart sooner rather than later.

Struggle: Luiz Felipe Scolari (left) was booted out by Roman Abramovich

Struggle: Luiz Felipe Scolari (left) was booted out by Roman Abramovich

He was out on his ear by February 9, with Abramovich wielding the axe as Chelsea's form dropped off.

Guus Hiddink came in and salvaged the season, taking them to the infamous Champions League semi-final tie with Barcelona and an FA Cup triumph.

Brazil's squad features three current Chelsea players – Oscar, David Luiz and Ramires.

David Luiz

Oscar

Home: David Luiz, who captained Brazil against Italy, and Oscar, right, play at Stamford Bridge every other week

The latter turned 26 on Sunday and although he missed the country's 2-2 draw with Italy, thanks to a strained right adductor, will be re-assessed before Monday's clash.

Defender Luiz posted this picture montage of him and Ramires on his Instagram account to celebrate his compatriot's birthday.

History: Luiz played with Ramires at Benfica and the pair are good friends now at Chelsea

History: Luiz played with Ramires at Benfica and the pair are good friends now at Chelsea

P.S.

At Chelsea, Luiz has little competition in the 'wild hairstyle' stakes (although youngster Nathan Ake makes a good fist of it).

But with Brazil, he is in good company. He posted this picture of himself with defenders Marcelo, of Real Madrid, and Dante, from Bayern Munich.

I want curly hair too: Luiz (centre) with Marcelo (left) and Dante (right)

I want curly hair too: Luiz (centre) with Marcelo (left) and Dante (right)

Manchester United order new aqua suit ahead of Real Madrid

EXCLUSIVE: United steal march on Madrid by ordering new version of secret weapon Mourinho used to beat City

By
Laurie Whitwell

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10:46 GMT, 5 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:00 GMT, 5 March 2013

Manchester United are turning to Real Madrid’s secret weapon as they battle to keep their Treble ambitions on track.

The club’s medical team have placed an order for an innovative aqua suit designed to bring players back to full fitness more quickly after injury.

Rob Swire, United’s chief physiotherapist, is overseeing the purchase after being impressed with a presentation at the Carrington training ground from creator Terry Nelson, a former Liverpool youth player.

Secret weapon: Manchester United have placed an order for the aqua suit (below) to aid their Treble bid

Secret weapon: Manchester United have placed an order for the aqua suit (below) to aid their Treble bid

Manchester United aqua suit

Madrid worked with Nelson for 18 months over his TNAR Mk X6 buoyancy suits, which allow players to train in swimming pools even when injuries have stopped them running on land.

Jose Mourinho gave the thumbs up for his squad of stars to start using the equipment in May last year with Cristiano Ronaldo having one custom-made.

But United have stolen a march ahead of the sides’ Champions League last 16 second leg clash by requesting the newer, improved version first and they will take delivery at the end of this month once they are completed, just in time for the crucial run in.

Suits you: Cristiano Ronaldo in a mocked up kit

Fan: Former Argentina manager Diego Maradona, pictured with inventor Terry Nelson, is a fan of the suit

Fans: Cristiano Ronaldo mocked up in the suit (left) and Diego Maradona with designer Terry Nelson

The suits fit over a player’s torso and are made from Nylon, lycra and strategically-placed foam padding, lifting them into a vertical stance for exercise in pools.

‘I designed it for training in the water so your feet don’t touch the floor,’ Nelson, 50, told Sportsmail. ‘The suit keeps you upright in the correct biomechanical running position. Anyone who’s got an injury can now run and train and sprint and do all the things they can’t do on land.

Mouthwatering: United and Real Madrid go head to head in the Champions League at Old Trafford

Mouthwatering: United and Real Madrid go head to head in the Champions League at Old Trafford

Real Madrid

‘It brings the players back quicker from injury. They don’t have to rest, they can run very early in their recovery.’

Specific training exercises have been written up to maximise the kit’s effectiveness and United have asked to be taught these too after witnessing a demonstration on February 8.

‘I was very impressed by their receptiveness to new ideas,’ said Nelson.

Paul Lambert still has backing of Aston Villa

Players and fans still back me, insists Lambert despite another Villa loss

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He said: 'When you are looking for players and trying to find the secret ingredient for your team, it’s not always easy for players to come and fit in as they did in the first half.

'I was a little bit surprised myself if I’m honest. I don’t think we would have won the game without Sissoko. That’s how important I think that signing was.

'Sissoko really grabbed the game by the horns and that’s what we needed.

Consolation: Benteke halved the deficit for Villa

Consolation: Benteke halved the deficit for Villa

'With Demba Ba departing from a team that hasn’t been winning, it was a big blow for us and we really needed him for this game.'

Pardew added: 'We have worked really hard on integrating the new players into things.

'They are not here to save us, they are here to help us. That was my message to the established players.

'We had a nice night in the hotel the night before the game, a nice meeting, and you sensed there was a good feeling amongst them all.

'It was a terrific day for us because we were under a lot of pressure to win at Villa.'

Mario Balotelli is a secret Santa as Manchester City star treats young fans… sadly, there"s no blue and white hat

Balotelli is a secret Santa as Man City star treats young fans… sadly, there's no blue and white hat

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18:51 GMT, 20 December 2012

Mario Balotelli finally got to play
Father Christmas when local youngsters were given the surprise of a
lifetime during a tour of the Etihad Stadium.

Last Christmas the Manchester City striker was at the centre of internet gossip he had been spotted handing out 20 notes to passers-by in Manchester dressed in a blue and white Santa hat.

Festive cheer: Mario Balotelli handed out presents to kids (not sure about his Santa outfit)

Festive cheer: Mario Balotelli handed out presents to kids (not sure about his Santa outfit)

mario balotelli

Sadly the Santa story appeared to be another wild rumour about the mad-cap Italian, who insisted he was in the team hotel at the time.

But there was no mistaking Balotelli when he handed out presents to football-mad 11 and 12-year-olds from Mellands Specialist School in Gorton.

The youngsters also got to lift the Premier League trophy and got changed in the first team dressing room.

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City slickers: The football-mad youngsters got to meet their heroes

James Milner with Premier League trophy

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After being met by the regular tour guides the children bumped into defender Micah Richards as they got out of the lift on the way to the Press Conference room and then heard their names read out on the team sheet left by Roberto Mancini.

They then met another England star, midfielder James Milner, who had the silverware with him before the party entered the inner sanctum of the home dressing room where shirts bearing their names were hanging on the pegs used by the City superstars.

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The surprises didn't end there though as Santa Balotelli popped in to distribute presents and then the whole afternoon concluded with a penalty shoot-out against England No 1 Joe Hart and photos all around.

'It was great to see the joy on the kids' faces,' said Richards. 'They were so excited. The plan was to make the day as memorable as possible for them and I am sure they enjoyed it. As players you don't often get the chance to interact like that.

'It was all for the young children,' added Balotelli. 'They really appreciated meeting all the players and we appreciated meeting them too. I hope we made their day and gave them an afternoon they will never forget. We all enjoyed it.'

Robin van Persie reveals the secret of his success at Manchester United

Secret of my success: Van Persie at the top of his game… but he's learning from the kids

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08:29 GMT, 12 December 2012

Manchester United hot shot Robin van Persie has revealed how his career has been reinvigorated by his young strike partners

The 29-year-old has been in sensational form since his 24m summer switch to Old Trafford from Arsenal.

Hots hot: Robin van Persie has already scored 16 goals for United

Hots hot: Robin van Persie has already scored 16 goals for United

Van Persie scored his 16th goal in 23 appearances when he grabbed a dramatic late winner against Manchester City to send United six points clear at the top of the Premier League.

And he credited his success to the likes of Javier Hernandez, 24, and Danny Welbeck, 22 keeping him fresh.

'It goes both ways – I can learn from them as well,' Van Persie told MUTV.

'For example, I love Chicharito's (Hernandez's) enthusiasm, I love how he plays and trains and does his work off the pitch after training.

New regime: Van Persie has upped his game in training

New regime: Van Persie has upped his game in training

'A couple of weeks ago he wasn't playing as much but he was in the gym every day doing extra work, and that sets a big example for everyone.

'Danny, too. He's not playing in his favourite position at the moment but we need him and he's working hard.

'When you have four strikers being so professional, it sets the tone for the others.

'Everyone realises we are all in it together and we all need to do our bit.'

Chelsea admit regrets over Mark Clattenburg race row

We got it wrong over Clattenburg, admit Chelsea… but still no apology for starting ref race storm

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UPDATED:

19:22 GMT, 27 November 2012

Chelsea have at last admitted they ‘regret’ being so quick to accuse Mark Clattenburg of racially abusing two of their players — but they have STILL not apologised for making the accusation public.

The club held secret peace talks with Clattenburg and his 15 elite referee colleagues on Monday.

Bruce Buck, the Stamford Bridge chairman, travelled to the National Football Centre at St George’s Park on the request of all Premier League match officials.

Dragged through the mud: Chelsea say they regret the way they acted over the Mark Clattenburg debacle

Dragged through the mud: Chelsea say they regret the way they acted over the Mark Clattenburg debacle

Allegations: Chelsea claimed Clattenburg had referred to John Obi Mikel as a 'monkey'

Allegations: Chelsea claimed Clattenburg had referred to John Obi Mikel as a 'monkey'

They met in a bid to repair the damage
caused by the false accusations of racism that were levelled against
Clattenburg. At some point during the meeting Buck shook hands with the referee.

Part of the discussion even focused on the possibility of Clattenburg taking charge of a Chelsea game in the future.

Referee's union Prospect welcomed the joint statement by PGMOL, the Premier League, and Chelsea.

National secretary Alan Leighton said the use of the word 'regrets' in the joint statement were tantamount to and accepted by Clattenburg and the Select Group as an apology.

'This was an important move forward in confirming Chelsea's recognition of Mark's integrity and impartiality,' he said in a statement.

Leighton said the referees 'welcomed the opportunity to express their concerns about the way that Mark had been treated'.

He added: 'In a thoroughly professional manner, they explained what the impact had been in real terms and that there could be no repetition of the events.'

The joint statement read: ‘A meeting took place on Monday afternoon at St George’s Park between Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the Premier League and Chelsea Football Club.

‘PGMOL were represented by General Manager Mike Riley and all 16 Select Group referees, the Premier League by Chief Executive Richard Scudamore and Chelsea FC by Chairman Bruce Buck.

Trip: Bruce Buck (left) went to St Georges to speak to Clattenburg and the other referees, as well as Mike Riley and Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore

Trip: Bruce Buck (left) went to St Georges to speak to Clattenburg and the other referees, as well as Mike Riley and Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore

This is a joint statement from all parties.

‘Following the completion of the
investigation by The FA into the case involving Chelsea FC and Mark
Clattenburg, the Premier League and Chelsea FC requested, and PGMOL
agreed, to meet in order to discuss the issues surrounding the reporting
of the allegation.

‘There
was a constructive and open discussion. The club regrets not having
given more consideration before issuing a statement on the evening of
Sunday 28th October.

The club also regrets the subsequent impact the intense media scrutiny had on Mark Clattenburg and his family.

‘The referees accept that, given Chelsea
FC had received a good faith claim from one of their employees, the club
had an obligation under FA rules to report the allegation.

‘There was recognition by all parties that the impartiality and integrity of refereeing in this country remains paramount.

Chelsea FC made it clear they would welcome Mark Clattenburg back to Stamford Bridge in the future and PGMOL would have no issue in appointing him to a Chelsea FC match going forward.

‘It was a thoroughly professional meeting. All parties now believe it is time to draw a line under this incident, learn from it and move on for the good of all Premier League clubs, players and match officials.’

The Football Association last week decided to take no disciplinary action against Clattenburg following an investigation into Chelsea's allegation he used 'inappropriate language' against midfielder John Obi Mikel, while the police also shelved a probe into the matter.

Real Madrid"s secret weapon designed by an Englishman

Real Madrid's secret weapon that Mourinho hopes will bring down Manchester City… and it is designed by and Englishman

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UPDATED:

01:45 GMT, 21 November 2012

Aqua man: A mock up of Cristiano Ronaldo wearing the suit

Aqua man: A mock up of Cristiano Ronaldo wearing the suit

Jose Mourinho calls it Real Madrid’s secret weapon, the Spanish press label it the club’s ‘fourth kit’

It will not be visible to the Manchester City players at the Etihad on Wednesday but Cristiano Ronaldo and co can attest to its effectiveness. What’s more, it’s been designed by an Englishman.

Terry Nelson, a youth player at Liverpool when the club were conquering Europe in the late 70s, has created a buoyancy suit which allows players to train in the water even when injuries have stopped them running on land.

The TNAR Mk X6 – to give its full title – is a body suit made from nylon, lycra and strategically-placed foam padding, which lifts the wearer into the necessary position for exercise in the swimming pool.

Users float, meaning there is no impact on the ground and pressure is relieved from aches and pains that might otherwise curtail a session on an unforgiving pitch.

‘I designed it for training in the water so your feet don’t touch the floor,’ Nelson, 50 told Sportsmail. ‘The suit keeps you upright in the correct biomechanical running position. Anyone who’s got an injury can now run and train and sprint and do all the things they can’t do on land.’

Nelson came up with the idea two years ago after growing tired of floatation bands he used when training with a broken metatarsal. He made contact with Real Madrid through the British Embassy in Spain 18 months ago and the club’s medical staff subsequently helped develop it.

Mourinho gave the thumbs up for players to use the suits in May and they have been worn since the start of the season.

‘I worked with the medical staff and the physios rather than the manager but the manager’s got to like the suits. Ronaldo and Kaka and all the players were there for my talks. You see them using the suits and you have a little chat.

‘Football players can be very particular. They want to play, they don’t really want to go in the pool. But the feedback we get from the manager is that they like wearing the suits, it gives them a feel good factor.’

He added: ‘It brings the players back quicker from injury. They don’t have to rest, they can run very early in their recovery. If you think of Ronaldo, for example, he’s on 300,000 a week. If he comes back two weeks earlier then that’s a lot of money saved by the club.

How it works: The suit helps players train in the water

How it works: The suit helps players train in the water

How it works: The suit helps players train in the water

‘The suit is nylon on lycra with foam pads inside. We call it an exosuit. It’s an extension of muscles groups in your body. It’s like a six pack at the front. On the back, the pads are placed to represent muscle groups in your back, giving support. It’s bigger surface are rather than weight, so that makes it harder to run in the pool but it doesn’t injure you.

‘When Wayne Rooney broke his metatarsal, he wouldn’t have been able to put anything on that foot. Now Wayne could take that cast off his leg, get off his crutches and run. That’s what Real Madrid do.’

Diego Maradona was given a training session by Nelson in Dubai before he lost his job and the Argentinian was so enamoured he wrote a letter of endorsement to Liverpool, who have now also ordered the kit.

‘He’s got very bad knees, he waddles when he walks,’ said Nelson. ‘But in the pool he was sprinting like he did for Argentina. It took him back 20 years. It changed his life.’

Fan: Former Argentina manager Diego Maradona is a fan of the suit

Fan: Former Argentina manager Diego Maradona is a fan of the suit

The next time an injured England player joins up with the squad at Burton he will be given a suit to train in too as the Football Association have bought 25.

TERRY NELSON’S UPLIFTING STORY IN HIS OWN WORDS

The suit comes from a lot of illness and injury. I played for Liverpool for three and a half years between 1977 and 1981. But that ended through a groin injury.

After a couple of years I went into the Paratroopers but that was ended by kidney failure. My military career was over. I had a transplant and entered the British athletics championships for people with transplants in 1993 and won gold for the 5000m.

Before the following world championships I broke my foot badly with a metatarsal injury so I couldn’t train. But I ordered these floatation belts from the United States and ran in the pool for six weeks. My foot healed and I went to Canada and won gold again.

Then I fell ill, my transplant failed. I spent 12 years in hospital six days a week on kidney dialysis. In those six days to keep myself well, my heart good, I was in a wheelchair I used to go to the pool and jog in the water. It was like groundhog day.

I had my second transplant and I’m really well now. I spent two years in the United States learning technical skills then came back but the belt wasn’t enough. That’s when I developed the suit.

I had my leg amputated below the knee in December last year – it was connected to the kidney failure – so I’ve got a carbon fibre leg now and I still run in the pool. It hasn’t stopped me.

All my experience I pass on to the players – don’t get down, you can train.

Bizarrely, Hollywood has called as well. A boxing connection put Mickey Rourke in touch and he is having one made so he can train for an upcoming movie role, with Nelson flying out to Bel Air to assist.

Nelson designed the suit after a lifetime of injuries and illness. He had to quit Liverpool and say goodbye to fellow youth-team members Sammy Lee and Dave Watson in 1981 after sustaining a groin injury.

He joined the paratroopers but was forced to end his career after being diagnosed with kidney failure. After a transplant he won gold at world championships open specifically for those in his situation and during this time discovered the US-manufactured floatation bands.

But his transplant failed and he spent 12 years in hospital on dialysis before having a second successful operation. His son would push his wheelchair to the pool so he could keep his heart in check.

Once out and healthy, he determined to make a product which could not only enable footballers to keep training when injured but also lift their spirits.

‘They have a freedom,’ said Nelson. ‘It rejuvenates their mind as well, because players can get very down if they can’t run.

‘But the suit’s not just for injuries, it can be used when fit. It’s a conditioning suit too.

‘Let’s say we have a player coming to the end of their career – rather than going out on a wet windy training ground, a couple of sessions in the pool helps keep the player’s knees in better condition. And the career could last longer as there’s no impact.’

Roberto Mancini might feel the last thing Madrid’s galaxy of stars need is a special suit of armour.

P.S. At least one Manchester City player owns a suit. Diego Maradona is a big fan and he ordered a dozen for friends and family, including son-in-law Sergio Aguero.

Women"s World Twenty20 2012: Arran Brindle"s son helps England"s bid for victory

Brindle's little boy is helping England women's T20 campaign end in the mother of all victories

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21:50 GMT, 6 October 2012

England's women stand on the brink of outdoing their male counterparts by winning the World Twenty20 on Sunday, courtesy of their secret weapon – four-year-old Harry Brindle.

The son of veteran batsman Arran Brindle has accompanied the team throughout the tournament in Sri Lanka, where they have yet to lose more than six wickets in an innings, let alone a match.

While the men's team limped out at the Super Eight stage, the women are favourites to clinch a fifth world title over Australia, who they have already beaten once in this tournament.

On the brink: Arran Brindle (right) is hoping to outdo the men's T20 by winning the final

On the brink: Arran Brindle (right) is hoping to outdo the men's T20 by winning the final

England had a training session yesterday before taking their minds off the final by playing with Harry in the hotel pool in Colombo.

'Harry's having a whale of a time swimming with the girls,' said Brindle. 'To have that away from cricket gives you another focus and a good time to relax.

'Being in the pool is also great for recovery and recuperation. I hope the girls have enjoyed having him here. I've taken on a bit of a mother role in the team and I always seem to end up carrying things and the girls ask me for various things, like tape and scissors. I've not quite taken on grandma status yet.'

Harry's presence has proved a distraction for a team seen as the best in the world in all formats.

'We're going in as favourites but we're not feeling the pressure,' said Brindle.

'We take confidence from the fact we have already beaten them in the group stage. The biggest thing for women's cricket is that it's an entertaining final because it's being televised.'

Brindle, 30, returned to the international fold last year following a five-year break to start a family with husband James. She played club cricket throughout her hiatus, becoming the first woman to captain a men's ECB Premier League team when she took the reins at Louth in 2007.

Sweet victory: England beat New Zealand in the semi-final of the World T20

Sweet victory: England beat New Zealand in the semi-final of the World T20

'I didn't retire, I just needed a break,' said Brindle. 'It was a lot of travel from Louth to Loughborough, where the England team trained. But things have changed for the better in terms of investment since then.

'A lot of my training can be done five minutes down the road now because of improved facilities, so it made returning to international cricket while Harry is just starting primary school an option.'

It is testimony to the commitment of the ECB to develop women's cricket with a huge increase in funding, security and status for elite players.

They take performance seriously, with intensive training camps including strength and conditioning, nutrition, spin and diving techniques.

Such attention to detail has seen England lose one game in the T20 format since January 2011, a defeat by West Indies last month ending a 21-match unbeaten run.

But they have rarely been stretched, their supremacy continuing with victory over semifinal opponents New Zealand.

Brindle's son, Harry, four, has accompanied the team throughout their tour

Brindle's son, Harry, four, has accompanied the team throughout their tour

Captain Charlotte Edwards will again have a quartet of spin bowlers, led by Holly Colvin, at her disposal in the final.

They will relish a return to the sluggish pitch at Premadasa. 'Spin has been a key part throughout, so it's nice to have a surface to help us out,' said Colvin, 23.

The extra day's rest England have had over Australia, who beat West Indies on Friday, could be telling.

But if England do reclaim the World T20 trophy, which they relinquished to Australia in 2010, celebrations will be kept to a minimum.

'Win or lose, it's a quick flight back home,' said Brindle.

James Roby, Sam Tomkins and Ben Westwood shortlisted for the 2012 Man of Steel award

Roby, Tomkins and Westwood make shortlist for Man of Steel award

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06:52 GMT, 24 September 2012

St Helens hooker James Roby, Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins and Warrington second row forward Ben Westwood have been shortlisted for the prestigious 2012 Stobart Super League Man of Steel award.

Both Roby, who won the award in 2007, and Tomkins were short-listed last season but lost out to Rangi Chase, the Castleford and England half-back.

This time they are facing competition from Westwood, who has earned a growing reputation as one of the hardest-working forwards in the English game.

Shortlist: Wigan's Sam Tomkins has been shortlisted for the Man of Steel award

Shortlist: Wigan's Sam Tomkins has been shortlisted for the Man of Steel award

The winner, chosen by a secret ballot of Super League players to reward the man deemed to have made the biggest impact on the season, will be unveiled at a gala dinner in Manchester on Monday, October 1, when the coach of the year and young player of the year will also be announced.

The nominees for young player are Bradford second rower John Bateman, who turns 19 today, St Helens centre Josh Jones, also 19, and 20-year-old Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker.

The young player is chosen by a specially-convened panel while the coach is selected by a secret ballot of all 14 Super League coaches.

John Terry racism hearing date set by FA

EXCLUSIVE: Terry racism hearing date set by FA with delay down to panel choice

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UPDATED:

22:12 GMT, 11 September 2012

The FA will start John Terry’s racism hearing on September 24.

Officials at Wembley had hoped to deal with the matter sooner but there has been a delay in appointing the three-man Independent Regulatory Commission for what is an extremely sensitive case.

As Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday, the FA will not be asking former England captain Terry to submit his mobile phone records before he appears at the hearing into his alleged racist abuse of QPR’s Anton Ferdinand.

Set: John Terry's hearing date has been arranged

Set: John Terry's hearing date has been arranged

But it remains an extremely serious issue given that Terry has been charged by the FA with using ‘abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour’ towards Ferdinand last October, including ‘a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race’.

The hearing will be held at a secret location and could run for two or three days.

Terry remains a doubt for Chelsea’s west London derby at QPR on Saturday, having yet to return to training after the ankle injury he suffered playing for England in Friday’s 5-0 win in Moldova.

Terry damaged his right ankle and withdrew from Roy Hodgson’s squad ahead of Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.

Damage: Terry was injured against Moldova

Damage: Terry was injured against Moldova

He was back at the Chelsea training ground on Tuesday but only for treatment. Terry, though, is keen to be fit to face a QPR team which could include Ferdinand — who trained on Tuesday, having recovered from the shoulder injury he sustained against Manchester City.

Terry’s Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole is also struggling to be fit and has had further treatment. Cole also has an ankle injury, which he picked up in his club’s UEFA Super Cup defeat by Atletico Madrid, ruling him out of both World Cup qualifiers.