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Ryan Jones leaves Wales training camp

Injury worry for Wales as Jones leaves Poland training camp for scans on shoulder

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UPDATED:

11:33 GMT, 31 October 2012

Ryan Jones returned home from the Wales national squad training camp in Spala on Wednesday in order to undergo scans on an irritable shoulder.

The Ospreys back row was part of the 35-man squad preparing for the Dove Men Series against Argentina, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia – to be played out on consecutive weekends at the Millennium Stadium beginning on Saturday 10 November – at the infamous Olympic training village in Poland, but has been managing a shoulder problem which pre-dates his arrival.

The decision to send Jones home at this time is based on a preference for the facilities available in Wales to accommodate the necessary investigations and give the player the most optimal management plan for his injury.

Shouldering the burden: Jones is heading back to Wales for a scan

Shouldering the burden: Jones is heading back to Wales for a scan

Jones remains a full member of the
squad and further details of his problem and any repercussions for
selection, if at all, will become apparent once the proper
investigations have been undertaken.

Meanwhile, Matthew Rees has backed
one of Wales' young props to make an impression this autumn as the RBS 6
Nations champions prepare for life without Adam Jones.

Jones, who is among world rugby's
most destructive scrummagers, will miss forthcoming appointments with
Argentina, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia due to a knee injury.

While interim Wales head coach Rob
Howley could consider switching Bath loosehead Paul James across the
scrum as Jones' replacement, it is probable that either Aaron Jarvis,
Scott Andrews or Samson Lee will start against the Pumas on November 10.

Uncapped Lee, although not yet officially added to Wales' autumn squad, is currently part of preparations at a week-long training camp in Spala, Poland.

And his fellow international rookie Jarvis has impressed with a series of consistent displays for the Ospreys that underpinned his Wales call-up.

'We have props who can play both sides of the scrum, with Paul James and Gethin Jenkins both able to move over, and it will be up to the coaches when it comes to selection,' hooker and former Wales captain Rees said.

Emerging talent: Rees is worried about the absence of prop Jones

Emerging talent: Rees is worried about the absence of prop Jones

'But I can certainly see one of these youngsters coming through and getting to the next level over the next three or four weeks.

'Adam is a loss, but we have got
three pretty good players there waiting in the wings at the moment, and
the challenge for them now is to kick on and impress the coaches and
take their chance when it comes.

'The only thing they may lack is
experience at international level, but there is no better place for them
to get that than in this November series when you look at the fixture
list.'

Wales continued their build-up to the Argentina fixture in snowy Spala today, with Howley and his fellow coaches potentially facing a number of selection issues before naming the starting line-up tomorrow week.

Rees, despite his leadership skills and vast experience, is by no means certain of securing a starting berth, given Ospreys hooker Richard

Hibbard's strong form and also the threat of his Scarlets colleague Ken Owens.

'It's great to have competition for places,' Rees added.

'I've got Ken at the Scarlets, and we both push each other hard, and with Richard playing well for the Ospreys we are all fighting for that jersey.'

Brendan Rodgers rules out Andy Carroll recall and plans to sign striker in January

Rodgers rules out Carroll recall as Liverpool boss reveals plans to sign striker in January

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UPDATED:

08:53 GMT, 19 October 2012

Brendan Rodgers has ruled out recalling Andy Carroll from his loan spell at West Ham, despite a remarkable injury jinx striking Fabio Borini once more.

Liverpool now have just one recognised striker available – Luis Suarez – compounding what has already been a difficult start to the season.

The former Newcastle striker can be recalled by his parent club in January, a situation the Hammers are keen to avoid, and one Rodgers isn't willing to entertain.

January sales: Rodgers will target a new forward when the window opens

January sales: Rodgers will target a new forward when the window opens

Rodgers said: 'I haven't considered Andy coming back,' he said. 'He has gone to West Ham to get games under his belt. We have people watching when he plays and reporting back on how he does.

'It is a setback losing Fabio, and you have to feel for him, considering this is the third year in succession that he has been injured in October and ruled out for three months.

'It was a hamstring last season and shoulder injury the season before. This time, it’s a fractured foot. Each one has been in October and has kept him out the same length of time. We are thinking of sending him on holiday next October!'

And the Anfield boss has revealed plans are in place to bolster the squad when the January transfer window opens.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: 'Everyone sees that we need to add that goal threat to the team.

'It will always be the case that I’ll be able to bring in the players of my choice. Obviously there'll be money available to do that in January.

Staying put: Rodgers has no intention of recalling Carroll in January

Staying put: Rodgers has no intention of recalling Carroll in January

David Gold on Twitter

When asked: 'What's the chances of Caroll being recalled now Borini out for 3 months', Gold replied: 'Can't be recalled until January. dg'.

'The scouting team are out there now compiling lists and looking at targets that we can hopefully bring in. If they are affordable and available then hopefully we can bring in that support that can help the group.

'I'm confident of that. There will be one or two of our scouting network, along with myself, who will be looking at players.

'Whichever one of those players out of that group I want to go for, then we'll do that.'

Alejandro Canizares leads Jason Dufner and co at Perth International

First there was Tiger, now here's koala! Canizares leads Dufner and co in Perth

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UPDATED:

11:32 GMT, 18 October 2012

Former world No 3 Paul Casey continued his return to form to be amongst the leaders on the opening day of the inaugural ISPS HANDA Perth International.

Casey made the most of perfect conditions to card a five under par round of 67 to be two shots behind joint leaders Michael Hendry and Alejandro Canizares.

Englishman Casey has struggled for form this year after suffering a dislocated shoulder in a snowboarding accident last Christmas.

Bear necessities: American star Jason Dufner and his Amanda meet a koala at the Perth International

Bear necessities: American star Jason Dufner and his Amanda meet a koala at the Perth International

Furry friend: South Africa's Charl Schwartzel gets to grips with the Australian native

Furry friend: South Africa's Charl Schwartzel gets to grips with the Australian native

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The 35-year-old did, however, show he
was on the way back at last week's Shinhan Donghae Open on the Korea
Golf Tour with a third-place finish and could have gone even lower today
but for some missed putts.

His long hitting served him well on
the picturesque Lake Karrinyup Country Club course as he birdied all
four par-fives, and picked up a further shot on the par-fourth 10th, in
an unblemished round.

Leader: Alejandro Canizares of Spain tees off on the 17th hole on his way to a superb 65

Leader: Alejandro Canizares of Spain tees off on the 17th hole on his way to a superb 65

'I've got some very good golf that is
starting to show through,' Casey said in an interview on Sky Sports
News. 'I'm going to fight and start playing the golf I know I'm capable
of and today was the start of that.'

While his injury problems have seen
Casey slip to 132nd in the world, he was the highest-ranked player on a
leaderboard dominated by little known names.

New Zealander Hendry defied his world
ranking of 574 as he fired eight birdies in his round that was matched
by Canizares, whose only win on the European Tour came six years ago.

Back in form: England's Paul Casey is in contention at Lake Karrinyup after an opening round of 67

Back in form: England's Paul Casey is in contention at Lake Karrinyup after an opening round of 67

Nice approach: Mikko Ilonen on the 11th

Nice approach: Mikko Ilonen on the 11th

Canizares was runner-up at the Reale
Seguros Open de Espana earlier this season but has since slipped to 70th
in the race to Dubai.

With only the top 60 set to qualify to
play at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in late November, the 29-year-old
knows this may be his last chance.

'I'm 70th at the moment so this is
either my last or my second to last tournament of the year,' he told the
European Tour's official website. 'I need a good finish – if I win it will fix a lot of things.'

Argentinian Emiliano Grillo, who is
also ranked outside the top 500, sat in between Casey and the leaders
after his 66 included an eagle three at the 15th.

While the lesser lights took centre
stage tournament drawcard Jason Dufner endured a mixed day in his first
appearance since the United States lost the Ryder Cup.

Dufner had got off to a healthy
beginning when he birdied three of his opening six holes but from there
he struggled, carding four bogeys in total, to finish the day with a 71.

Fellow American Bo van Pelt was a shot
better off while Edoardo Molinari, the brother of one of Europe's Ryder
Cup heroes Francesco, was also back in the field on one under.

Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny suffer injury setbacks for Arsenal

Wenger's keeper crisis deepens as Fabianski and Szczesny suffer injury setbacks

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UPDATED:

21:59 GMT, 17 October 2012

Arsene Wenger is facing a goalkeeping crisis with news Lukasz Fabianksi could face another three months out with ruptured ankle ligaments.

The Poland goalkeeper was hoping for a recall to the squad after being out since February with shoulder injuries but he damaged his ankle during training on Tuesday.

The latest setback for the 27-year-old means Vito Mannone, who began the season as third choice, will continue in goal with Argentinian Damian Martinez, 20, and James Shea, 21, as back-up.

Wishful thinking! Wenger watches as Joe Hart begins training for England at Arsenal's London Colney training ground

Wishful thinking! Wenger watches as Joe Hart begins training for England at Arsenal's London Colney training ground

First choice Wojciech Szczesny is still three weeks short of full recovery from his ankle injury.

The Gunners will be on tenterhooks as they head intoa jam-packed run of fixtures heading into winter.

On Saturday’s the face a Barclays Premier League trip to Norwich, followed hotly by Wednesday’s Champions League match against Schalke.

There follows a brace of London derbies, home domestic fixtures against Fulham and old foes Tottenham.

The news comes as a blow after the continued excellent progress of midfielder Jack Wilshere who played 90 minutes for the first time since his return to action.

The midfielder has been sidelined for 17 months with knee, ankle and foot problems but took part in a friendly defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Arsenal, who are watching Boca Juniors' 18-year-old striker Leandro Paredes, may consider sending defender Johan Djourou out on loan in January.

Pressure's on: Mannone is now the only recognised goalkeeper in the Arsenal team

Pressure's on: Mannone is now the only recognised goalkeeper in the Arsenal team

Pressure's on: Mannone is the only recognised goalkeeper in the Arsenal team

Rangers owner Charles Green will give SPL rivals the cold shoulder at Ibrox

Fuming Rangers owner Green will give SPL rivals the cold shoulder at Ibrox

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 20 September 2012

Charles Green has warned SPL clubs that some of them are no longer welcome at Ibrox.

Speaking before next week's visit of
Motherwell in the Scottish Communities League Cup, Green absolved the
Fir Park club of all blame for his club's expulsion to the Third
Division.

Cold shoulder: Rangers owner Charles Green

Cold shoulder: Rangers owner Charles Green

Turning his ire on the top-flight clubs he suspects 'bounced' others into banishing a newco Rangers from the SPL, however, the Yorkshireman betrayed a lingering sense of anger at Ibrox.

Already censured by the SFA over accusations of 'anti-Rangers bigotry' by rival clubs, an undeterred Green told Rangers TV: 'What fans have to understand is what occurred at Hampden over our SPL status when 10 clubs voted against and one abstained.

'Ally McCoist and I sat there and we know what happened. We know that only half of those clubs wanted Rangers out of that league. I believe that a number of the clubs were bounced into it.

'Why, for example, would Ross County spend all their lifetime trying to get into the SPL to find Rangers were not there

'But we understand what happened and we know the reasons behind it. We understand we have to suffer the punishment for the sins of the forefathers and we have done that.

'What we have to understand is not everyone in that room wanted Rangers out of that league and I know – because I could see glints in eyes – which ones were happy and which ones were not.

'We recognise what happened and when some of these clubs come to Ibrox they will be welcome. When others come, they won't be so welcome.'

With Rangers facing a three-year struggle back to the SPL, the only way top-tier clubs can visit Ibrox is via a domestic cup draw.

Following a Ramsdens Cup exit to Second Division Queen of the South on Tuesday, Rangers now host Motherwell in the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday.

The Lanarkshire side consulted supporters who have invested in a fan-ownership scheme before lodging their own 'no' vote.

Absolving the Steelmen of anti-Rangers feeling, however, Green added: 'We know Rangers are bigger than all of this, so we ask the fans to get behind the club as they have done so well.

'I want them out there at the Motherwell game cheering, singing and waving the flags. 'Motherwell are suffering financially because Rangers are not in the SPL and we don't believe Motherwell are anti-Rangers.

'They were under pressure from their own fans and they took a decision, and we understand that.

'If you had taken all of these external pressures away, then Motherwell and other clubs would have voted differently.'

John Terry and Anton Ferdinand handshake snub

Snub! Ferdinand provokes Terry by ignoring Chelsea skipper and Cole in handshake

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UPDATED:

14:57 GMT, 15 September 2012

There was controversy at Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon when the pre-match handshake was marred by Anton Ferdinand opting to ignore both John Terry and Ashley Cole in the line-up.

The QPR defender provoked an angry reaction from the Chelsea skipper, who was barely acknowledged by Ashley Cole, who appeared as a character witness for Terry, further down the line.

Controversy: All focus was on Anton Ferdinand and John Terry as the pair met for the first time since the latter was acquitted of racially abusing the former during a Premier League game last season

Controversy: All focus was on Anton Ferdinand and John Terry as the pair met for the first time since the latter was acquitted of racially abusing the former during a Premier League game last season

Controversy: All focus was on Anton Ferdinand and John Terry as the pair met for the first time since the latter was acquitted of racially abusing the former during a Premier League game last season

Controversy: All focus was on Anton Ferdinand and John Terry as the pair met for the first time since the latter was acquitted of racially abusing the former during a Premier League game last season

The Barclays Premier League encounter is the first meeting between the clubs since Terry was found not guilty
of using a racial slur against the Hoops' Ferdinand in the
corresponding fixture last October.

No other QPR player appeared to
ignore Terry or Cole, who testified as a character witness for his
England team-mate at the trial.

Terry, who remains the subject of a
Football Association investigation over the charges that he denies, had
been a doubt for the Loftus Road clash but recovered from an ankle injury sustained on England duty. Ferdinand himself has been hampered by a shoulder injury.

Don't fancy you much, either: Ferdinand snubbed Ashley Cole, who appeared as a character witness

Don't fancy you much, either: Ferdinand snubbed Ashley Cole, who appeared as a character witness

Fury: It had been suggested the pre-match ritual be scrapped to avoid unnecessary attention

Fury: It had been suggested the pre-match ritual be scrapped to avoid unnecessary attention

Fury: It had been suggested the pre-match ritual be scrapped to avoid unnecessary attention

QPR fans then began making derogatory chants aimed at Terry and Cole. The pair were jeered every time they touched the ball as the highly-charged west London derby got under way.

The handshakes had been abandoned in advance of the previous two encounters between the clubs.

QPR manager Mark Hughes branded the handshake row 'ridiculous' on Friday and called for the ritual to be axed.

'Is this the best way to do it I think it’s open to debate,' he said. 'Maybe something could be done after the match.

'The lead-up to the game has been ridiculous and everyone has been focusing on this one moment just prior to the game.

Bad blood: John Terry and Anton Ferdinand clashed last season

Bad blood: John Terry and Anton Ferdinand clashed last season

'When I saw the list of questions I
was likely going to answer (at his press conference) there was nine on
the handshake and one on Hillsborough. Ridiculous.'

It is not the first time Terry has been involved in a handshake row. Wayne Bridge snubbed the former England captain following allegations of an affair with the Manchester City defender's former partner.

And Luis Suarez refused Manchester United's Patrice Evra's offer of a handshake, despite the Liverpool forward being found guilty by the Football Association of racially abusing him earlier in the season.

Previous: The Premier League has been hit with handshake controversy before, namely between Wayne Bridge and terry, and Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra

Previous: The Premier League has been hit with handshake controversy before, namely between Wayne Bridge and terry, and Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra

Previous: The Premier League has been hit with handshake controversy before, namely between Wayne Bridge and terry, and Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra

John Terry and Anton Ferdinand latest: QPR and Chelsea in discussions about pre-match handshake

QPR and Chelsea in handshake talks with Anton ready to snub JT and Cole

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UPDATED:

12:15 GMT, 13 September 2012

QPR and Chelsea are in talks about how to handle the pre-match handshake at this weekend's west London derby.

The Barclays Premier League encounter is the first meeting between the clubs since John Terry was found not guilty of using a racial slur against the Hoops' Anton Ferdinand in the corresponding fixture last October.

Terry, who remains the subject of a Football Association investigation over the charges that he denies, had been a doubt for the Loftus Road clash but is reportedly winning his battle with an ankle injury sustained on England duty.

Bad blood: John Terry and Anton Ferdinand clashed last season

Bad blood: John Terry and Anton Ferdinand clashed last season

Ferdinand is also recovering well after a shoulder injury, meaning the defenders are on course to meet for the first time since the Chelsea captain's race trial in July.

The match could also involve Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole – another recovering from injury – following his appearance as a character witness for Terry.

Anton Ferdinand

Ashley Cole

Snub: Both Anton and Rio Ferdinand are set to refuse to shake Ashley Cole's hand

And Sportsmail understand
that both Anton and Rio Ferdinand intend on snubbing the hand of the
Chelsea left back after they believe they were betrayed by Cole when he
agreed to speak as a defence witness for Terry in his successful court
battle against the charge that he racially abused Anton last season.

The handshakes were abandoned in advance of the previous two encounters between the clubs.

It is understood that the Hoops are liaising with Chelsea on how to approach Saturday's fixture and plan to make an announcement on the matter before Mark Hughes' pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.

Regardless of the tension, the Premier League has no plans to cancel the pre-match handshakes, with a spokesperson saying: 'We are expecting the handshakes to go forward.'

It is understood that the body has not been involved in the ongoing talks between the clubs and does not expect to be approached about cancelling the handshake as there is no active legal case.

Andre Marriner named as referee for QPR v Chelsea as John Terry and Anton Ferdinand set to play

Marriner named referee for Terry and Ferdinand reunion at Loftus Road

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UPDATED:

11:08 GMT, 12 September 2012

Andre Marriner will be the man in the middle when John Terry and Anton Ferdinand come face to face at Loftus Road on Saturday.

The referee has been appointed as the official for the highly charged London derby between QPR and Chelsea in which Terry and Ferdinand are expected to come face to face for the first time since the Chelsea skipper was cleared in a criminal court in June of a racially-aggravated offence during a clash with Hoops defender last October.

Marriner was in charge when Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was accused of racially-abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.

Chelsea captain John Terry

QPR's Anton Ferdinand

Head to head: John Terry and Anton Ferdinand are set to face each other on Saturday

Injury doubts have surrounded both players but they will be fit for Saturday.

Ferdinand trained on Tuesday after overcoming a shoulder injury while Terry has recovered from an ankle problem suffered playing for England against Moldova.

In the weekend's other games, Chris Foy will be in charge of Norwich v West Ham, while Kevin Friend is the man in the middle for Arsenal's game with Southampton.

Man in the middle: Andre Marriner will take charge of QPR's game with Chelsea

Man in the middle: Andre Marriner will take charge of QPR's game with Chelsea

Lee Mason is the official for Aston Villa's match with Swansea while Roger East will be in charge at Craven Cottage for Fulham's game with West Brom.

Michael Oliver will be at Old Trafford taking charge of Manchester United's game with Wigan while Mark Clattenburg will be in the middle for Stoke v Manchester City.

Martin Atkinson will be in charge of Sunderland v Liverpool, while Howard Webb will be the referee for Sunday's game between Reading and Tottenham.

While Monday's game between Everton and Newcastle will be taken charge of by Mike Jones.

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.

Anton Ferdinand set to face John Terry

Ferdinand fit to face Terry as QPR defender returns to training ahead of Chelsea showdown

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UPDATED:

15:55 GMT, 11 September 2012

Anton Ferdinand is expected to be fit for QPR's highly-charged Barclays Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday.

Ferdinand suffered a shoulder injury in the 3-1 defeat by Manchester City on September 1 but trained on Tuesday and is likely to feature in the west London derby.

Injury: But Ferdinand is winning his race to face Chelsea

Injury: But Ferdinand is winning his race to face Chelsea

With John Terry reportedly winning his battle with the ankle injury sustained on England duty against Moldova, the two defenders are on course to meet for the first time since the Chelsea captain's race trial in July.

Terry was found not guilty of using a racial slur against Ferdinand in the corresponding fixture last October, but remains the subject of a Football Association investigation over the charges that he denies.

Sign here: Terry has been on international duty with England

Sign here: Terry has been on international duty with England

It is not yet known whether Ferdinand will shake Terry's hand before kick-off at Loftus Road on Saturday.

In both matches since last October, the traditional pre-match hand-shake was abandoned in advance.

Meanwhile, Esteban Granero insists it was an easy decision to swap Real Madrid for QPR after being seduced by Mark Hughes' vision for the club.

Granero left the Bernabeu last month after signing a four-year contract with Rangers, who paid a reported 9million for a player widely tipped to emerge as the one of the best buys of the transfer widow.

The 25-year-old midfielder was a product of Real's youth system but played only sporadically for the first team, convincing him it was time to leave.

'It wasn't a hard decision to come here. I'm hungry and here I will be able to grow as a player,' the Spaniard said.

'Real Madrid is a great club, I have played there since I was eight. I spent three years in the first team and I will always be thankful to them.

'But it was time to change and the best way to do that was join QPR.'