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Massadio Haidara could return against Fulham after Callum McManaman"s horror tackle

Haidara could be back NEXT WEEK after speedy recovery from McManaman's lunge

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

15:30 GMT, 28 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:04 GMT, 28 March 2013

Massadio Haidara could return to action next week after the Newcastle defender was on the receiving end of a horror tackle from Wigan's Callum McManaman

Fortunately for the 21-year-old and Newcastle, the French defender could feature against Fulham next weekend, but will miss Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at Manchester City.

Pardew, while surprised at comments made
by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan and manager Roberto Martinez after the
game, was simply relieved not to have lost his January signing for
several months.

Ouch: Massadio Haidara was carried off after a lunge from Callum McManaman

Ouch: Massadio Haidara was carried off after a lunge from Callum McManaman

Got away with it: Callum McManaman was not punished by referee Mark Halsey or the FA for this tackle

Got away with it: Callum McManaman was not punished by referee Mark Halsey or the FA for this tackle

Asked if either the club or the defender had received an apology from the Latics, he said: 'No, I don't think so.

'I was a little bit surprised at the manager's and the chairman's
comments that it was a fair challenge – I think everybody else could see
that it wasn't. But that's opinion and I can understand them wanting to
defend their player.

'It would be interesting to know what their opinion would have been if
it was Cheick Tiote on [James] McCarthy, their outstanding young
midfield player.

'But it is what it is, it's done and we move on to another game.'

Haidara lies in agony on the ground

Agony: Massadio Haidara left the field on a stretcher but thankfully has not suffered serious damage

Agony: Massadio Haidara left the field on a stretcher but thankfully has not suffered serious damage
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Head down: Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is concerned McManaman has taken too much flak

Head down: Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is concerned McManaman has taken too much flak

Pardew also
renewed his calls for the Premier League to employ professional
assistant referees in the wake of McManaman’s controversial challenge.

Pardew’s belief that referees should
team up with full-time assistants was only strengthened in the wake of
the incident at the DW Stadium during which the French
full back was carried off with what looked at the time like a serious
knee injury.

Unsighted referee Mark Halsey took no
action over the tackle, and McManaman escaped retrospective action
because one of the officials did have a clear view and deemed it fair.

Haidara's fellow full backs Mathieu Debuchy and Davide Santon are also on Newcastle's casualty list for the trip to the Etihad.

Back in action: Toon captain Fabricio Coloccini trains in the Newcastle gym

Back in action: Toon captain Fabricio Coloccini trains in the Newcastle gym

Back in action: Toon captain Fabricio Coloccini trains in the Newcastle gym

Daniel Potts in hospital after Bacary Sagna collision in West Ham v Arsenal match

Potts kept in hospital overnight as West Ham defender is left unconscious following nasty head collision

By
Laurie Whitwell

PUBLISHED:

22:41 GMT, 23 January 2013

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UPDATED:

00:05 GMT, 24 January 2013

West Ham youngster Dan Potts is in hospital under observation after being knocked unconscious through a nasty clash with Bacary Sagna.

The 18-year-old lay motionless on the Emirates turf for 10 minutes as medical staff attempted to revive him, before taking him from the field on a stretcher.

Potts, son of former West Ham captain and current under-18 manager Steve, had only come off the substitutes' bench 11 minutes before banging his head into the Sagna's shoulder off the ball in the 73rd minute.

Flat out: Daniel Potts was knocked unconcious following a clash of heads with Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna

Flat out: Daniel Potts was knocked unconcious following a clash of heads with Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna

The left-back then fell awkwardly on the floor and was reportedly not making sense when speaking to those nearby.

The crowd watched silently as left-back Potts was strapped in a neck brace and applauded as he went down the tunnel. Sagna checked on him to offer warm words as he left the pitch.

West Ham club doctor Richard Weiler
went to the hospital with Potts, who starred in both FA Cup matches
against Manchester United, and manager Sam Allardyce said his defender
had at least recovered his senses.

Unconscious: There were 12 minutes of injury time at the Emirates after a collision involving Danny Potts

Unconscious: There were 12 minutes of injury time at the Emirates after a collision involving Dan Potts

Danny Potts

Allardyce said: 'Potts has gone
straight to hospital with concussion, he was unable to give the correct
answers to the questions. When you hit the floor like that it might be a
problem, he hit the floor as a dead weight.

'They have protected his neck. He was
out for a few seconds. He was not fully conscious when he came off. We
were concerned at how long it took.

On his side: Potts has gone straight to hospital with concussion, Sam Allardyce confirmed after the game

On his side: Potts has gone straight to hospital with concussion, Sam Allardyce confirmed after the game

'They have to make sure they protect
the spine the right way getting them on the stretcher; that's why it
took the time it did. Hopefully he will make a speedy recovery.'

Jack Collison, who scored his first
goal at the Emirates since returning from lengthy injury, said losing
Potts would be a big blow.

'It's disappointing,' the midfielder
said. 'He's been magnificent for us these past few weeks. To get a
chance tonight at a place like this is what he's worked so hard for.

'We wish him a speedy recovery. I
think there was a clash, these things happen. You've got to say well
done to the medical team, they got in there and he's in the best hands.'

Kieran Farrell forced to retire due brain damage following defeat to brain damage

Heartbroken Farrell forced to retire from boxing after suffering brain damage in title bout

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

23:53 GMT, 8 January 2013

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UPDATED:

02:04 GMT, 9 January 2013

Kieran Farrell has been forced to retire from boxing after suffering brain damage during his English title defeat to Anthony Crolla in December.

The 22-year-old lightweight was rushed to hospital having collapsed after the final bell and was later found to have bleeding on the brain.

Farrell, who had won his previous 14 fights, was told by his doctor on Tuesday that returning to the ring could be fatal.

Fears: Farrell receives medical attention on a stretcher as he collapsed after the fight, he was later taken to hospital

Fears: Farrell receives medical attention on a stretcher as he collapsed after the fight, he was later taken to hospital

'I will never box again,' he confirmed on Twitter. 'The next punch to my head could be fatal & the BBBofC wouldn't licence me.

'I asked if I had a 4-year-long break would I be able to box He [his doctor] told me I have long term brain damage, once it's damaged it won't mend.

'I was expecting the worst but it's worse when it's told to you, I'm heartbroken. I need a few days to get my head round it.'

End of the road: Kieran Farrell takes a punch from Anthony Crolla in a fight that was his first professional defeat

End of the road: Kieran Farrell takes a punch from Anthony Crolla in a fight that was his first professional defeat

Toe to toe: Farrell and Crolla exchange blows

Toe to toe: Farrell and Crolla exchange blows

Farrell's promoter Dave Coldwell tweeted 'Can't really express how upset i feel right now. Boxing has been his life & we'll be there for him to help keep him involved.

'He put a brave face on things when we spoke earlier but there's going to be so much down times for him, he knows that but he also knows he's not on his own.'

Coldwell also revealed he plans to host a benefit dinner in April for the former Central Area champion.

Barnsley 1 Blackburn 3 – match report: Keith Hill sacked

Barnsley 1 Blackburn 3: Hill sacked as Tykes slip to foot of the table

PUBLISHED:

18:01 GMT, 29 December 2012

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UPDATED:

18:06 GMT, 29 December 2012

Managerless Blackburn put two days of off-field turmoil behind them to record a first win in seven matches against npower Championship strugglers Barnsley – whose manager Keith Hill was sacked after the game.

Henning Berg was dismissed as Rovers manager on Thursday following one win in 10 games at the helm.

Rovers' senior coaching staff were also shown the door and, under the caretaker control of reserve-team boss Gary Bowyer, it was the only signing of Berg's 57-day reign that opened the scoring at Oakwell.

Three and easy: Rovers recorded their first win in seven games

Three and easy: Rovers recorded their first win in seven games

Match facts

Barnsley: Steele, Wiseman (Stones 46), Foster, McNulty, Golbourne, O'Brien, Dawson, Perkins, Done (Noble-Lazarus 46), Tudgay, Davies (Sinclair 70).

Subs Not Used: Lidakevicius, Hassell, Harewood, Greening.

Booked: McNulty.

Goals: Dawson 76.

Blackburn: Kean, Henley, Hanley, Dann, Martin Olsson, Rochina (Markus Olsson 67), Murphy, Lowe, Vukcevic (Kazim-Richards 46), Rhodes, King (Nuno Gomes 90).

Subs Not Used: Usai, Henrique, Morris, Rosado.

Booked: King, Vukcevic.

Goals: King 29, Rochina 44, Rhodes 90.

Attendance: 9,153

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex).

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On-loan Manchester United forward
Josh King's bundled home before the half hour and a sublime individual
effort on the stroke of half-time from Ruben Rochina gave Blackburn
breathing space.

Stephen Dawson reduced the arrears
during a lacklustre second half, the closing stages of which were marred
by the sight of Barnsley forward Marcus Tudgay receiving lengthy
treatment following a collision with Rovers goalkeeper Jake Kean and
leaving the field on a stretcher.

That reduced Hill's side to 10
men having used all their substitutions and, in the eighth of nine
additional minutes, Jordan Rhodes muscled his way on to Jason Lowe's
long ball to seal Blackburn's triumph and send Barnsley to the foot of
the table.

Stephen Foster returned to the heart
of the Barnsley defence after suspension ruled him out of the Boxing Day
defeat to Birmingham, while Scott Wiseman, Matty Done and Craig Davies
were restored to Hill's starting line-up.

Bowyer tweaked Blackburn's attack by selecting Rochina and Simon Vukcevic in support of top scorer Jordan Rhodes.

Colin Kazim-Richards and Diogo Rosado
dropped to the bench while David Dunn, Morten Gamst Pedersen, Gael
Givet and Dickson Etuhu were among a host of senior players absent from
the squad.

Barnsley almost took the lead in the
ninth minute when Scott Dann's botched clearance presented Davies with
an opportunity but Rovers managed to scramble clear.

More slack defending, this time a
poor backpass from Martin Olsson, presented Dawson with a shooting
opportunity but Grant Hanley was in place to head clear.

Hotshot: Jordan Rhodes settled the game in the dying embers

Hotshot: Jordan Rhodes settled the game in the dying embers

Davies had the ball in the net with
17 minutes played but the whistle had gone for a foul on Adam Henley and
Blackburn then began to make most of the running.

Rhodes uncharacteristically skied
over after Rochina released Henley in the 23rd minute and Barnsley could
not claim the opening goal was not on the cards when it arrived.

Straight from a Kean clearance, King
raced clear of the Tykes backline and, although Luke Steele save his
initial effort, the rebound struck him and bobbled into the net.

Rovers remained on the front foot and were rewarded in style by Rochina.
Wiseman backed off the advancing former Barcelona B playmaker, who
stormed into the penalty area and lashed past Steele at his near post.

Kean saved well from Tudgay on the
stroke of half-time but that did not persuade Hill against making a
double substitution at the break as Reuben Noble-Lazarus and John Stones
replaced Done and Wiseman.

Kazim-Richards was also on at the
interval for the injured Vukcevic and almost extended Blackburn's lead
in the 54th minute, seeing a shot deflected behind.

That opportunity was inventively
set-up by Rochina and Blackburn let the initiative slip after he limped
off midway through the half.

Barnsley sensed the opportunity and, with 14 minutes to go, Dawson lashed home emphatically from 20 yards.

The host's charge for an equaliser
was concluded without Tudgay – leading to the huge allocation of injury
time that Rhodes crowned with his 12 Blackburn goal in 21 starts.

Kris Commons shows off bruised leg after Celtic reach Champions League last 16

The price to pay for glory! Celtic hero Commons shows off shocking battle scars after blasting them into Champions League last 16

By
James Andrew

PUBLISHED:

10:26 GMT, 6 December 2012

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UPDATED:

10:44 GMT, 6 December 2012

Celtic’s spot kick king Kris Commons may have a small price to pay after booking his sides place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The midfielder stepped up 10 minutes from time to slam the ball in off the bar and give Celtic the win they needed against Spartak Moscow to progress to the knock out stages.

But his night took a turn for the worse when two minutes from time when Spartak midfielder Kim Kallstrom picked a second yellow card for a foul on Commons who was taken off on a stretcher, it meant Celtic were forced to play out the five minutes added time also with 10 men but it was to be a night of glory for the Parkhead men.

Kris Commons's swollen leg

Kris Commons

Battle scars: Kris Commons shows off his swollen leg after Celtic's 2-1 win over Spartak Moscow

It was the only sour note in a
momentous night for Neil Lennon's side who finished second in Group G
behind Barcelona with 10 points and who are in the knockout stages for
the first time since the 2007/08 season.

After the game Commons revealed he
suffered a dead leg and posted two pictures of the swelling on his thigh
via his Twitter account.

Not that he was complaining too much, as he Tweeted: ‘Now that's a dead leg!!! Worth it though to get in last 16. Buzzin is a understatement’

Lennon’s side knew they had to better Benfica’s result to make it into the last 16. And with the Portuguese side drawing 0-0 with Barcelona, the Hoops got the points they needed thanks to a first half strike from Gary Hooper and then Commons secured the win from the spot after Georgios Samaras was fouled in the box.

Spot on: Commons seals Celtic's win from the penalty spot

Spot on: Commons seals Celtic's win from the penalty spot

Off the bar: Commons watches his penalty go in off the underside of the crossbar

Off the bar: Commons watches his penalty go in off the underside of the crossbar

Salute the crowd: Commons celebrates with teammate Charlie Mulgrew after scoring the late winner

Salute the crowd: Commons celebrates with teammate Charlie Mulgrew after scoring the late winner

While the Parkhead crowd held its breath as Commons stepped up, Lennon admitted he could not bear to watch the midfielder take the crucial spot-kick.

'I didn't watch it, I turned my back on it,’ said the Northern Irishman.

'I'd seen the last couple of penalties and we missed them.

Pain game: Commons lies injured as Spartak Moscow's Kim Kallstrom is sent off

Pain game: Commons lies injured as Spartak Moscow's Kim Kallstrom is sent off

Sour ending: Commons is carried off on a stretcher after his injury

Sour ending: Commons is carried off on a stretcher after his injury

'I saw Gary Parker (coach) turn his back and so I thought I would wait until the roar goes up.

'Kris showed great mental strength to take it, I'm sure he was aware of the significance of the penalty but I thought he had a fantastic game.

'He has some bruising on his thigh.'

Celtic will have to wait until the draw on December 20 before they find out who they will face in the last 16 of the competition.

10 things you didn't know about Kris Commons…

Commons scored a 25-yard strike against Manchester United in the 2008/09 League Cup semi-final in a shock 1-0 first leg win for Derby

In Derby's 125th anniversary celebrations fans voted that goal seventh and the winner in a 3-2 victory against Nottingham Forest, their first in 30 years at The City Ground for more than 30 years, fifth in the club's top 10 goals of all time.

Golden goal: Commons scores a stunning goal against Manchester United for Derby

Commons was born in England but has a Scottish grandmother from Dundee and made his Scotland debut in 2008.

In the 2010/11 season when he joined Celtic from Derby half-way through the midfielder ended the year with 29 goals in 52 games in all competitions spanning the two leagues.

The midfielder was named in the League One team of the year for the 2007/08 campaign when he helped Nottingham Forest gain promotion.

Commons scored the day after he signed for Celtic – an audacious lob from outside the box five minutes into his debut in a 4-1 Scottish League Cup semi-final win against Aberdeen.

Making his name: Commons played a key role in helping Nottingham Forest win promotion before he moved to Derby

The 29-year-old was never been sent off in nine years in English football but has two red cards in three seasons in Scotland.

His younger brother Spencer was every bit as good as Commons as a teenager but at 16 suffered an ankle injury in a horror tackle for Notts County and never recovered.

The Celtic player's middle name is 'Arran' – not 'Aaron' as commonly reported – given to mark his Scottish roots.

When Commons was called by then Scotland manager George Burley and asked if he could play for them he rang his grandmother Lorna to get a copy of his birth certificate.

By Sam Cunningham

Gloucester 29 Sale Sharks 3: Match report

Gloucester 29 Sale 3: Burns puts the boot in but Edmonds injury overshadows win

PUBLISHED:

16:07 GMT, 24 November 2012

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UPDATED:

16:07 GMT, 24 November 2012

Gloucester climbed up to third place in the Aviva Premiership as they inflicted the eighth league defeat of the season on bottom side Sale Sharks.

Two tries, one from Akapusi Qera and the other a penalty touchdown, in the last quarter ended a match which failed to inspire.

Home fly-half Freddie Burns booted five penalties in the opening 24 minutes and converted both tries against a solitary penalty from ex-England ace Danny Cipriani for Sale.

Steady Freddie: Burns was in fine form with the boot for Gloucester

Steady Freddie: Burns was in fine form with the boot for Gloucester

But the win was marred by a serious-looking neck injury to the home side's Australia hooker Huia Edmonds 10 minutes into the second half.

Gloucester have not lost at Kingsholm since Northampton beat them on September 1 as they went in search of a a seventh home victory.

It was down to sloppy Sale errors and the precise boot of Burns, this season's top points scorer in the Premiership, that Gloucester went clear early on.

The Sharks, looking for a second league victory of the season after breaking their duck with a 21-9 win over London Irish earlier this month, were never in it.

Burns put the Cherry and Whites in front after five minutes with the first of his five penalties in the opening period.

And the fly-half showed plenty of confidence to nail his next four kicks, two from 40metres, one from 45m and the other way out on the left from about 50m.

Concerned: Huia Edmonds is carried off the pitch on a stretcher

Concerned: Huia Edmonds is carried off the pitch on a stretcher

There were no clear-cut try-scoring chances from either side during a dull first period until Sale had a chance in the final six minutes.

They were desperate to get back into the game at 15-0 down and, instead of going for goal when awarded a penalty, tried a kick to touch and attacking line-out.

The drive took them close, but when British Lions scrum-half Dwayne Peel fed No 8 Andy Powell, the ex-Wales international dropped the ball.

Cipriani got Sale on the board with a 25m penalty, but after the break and despite some good drives from big centre Sam Tuitupou, handling mistakes again let the Sharks down.

The match was held up 10 minutes into the second half for the worrying injury to Edmonds after Sale's pack drove into a maul near the home line.

Edmonds fell to the ground as medics raced on to the pitch and spent six minutes treating him before the hooker was stretchered off with his neck in a brace.

Sale got back into it the quicker from the restart, but lost their way as Gloucester regained the initiative and, to the relief of the home support, put themselves almost out of sight with 17 minutes remaining.

Fijian flanker Qera took a short pass from scrum-half Jimmy Cowan to drive over the line from five metres.

It brought some life back into the Cherry and Whites and, with Cipriani now on the bench with an icepack on his knee, Sale's chances were gone.

Gloucester finished on top with their scrum hammering the opposition. And it was after a series of attacking scrums that the visitor's pack collapsed under the pressure on their own line and referee Luke Pearce had no hesitation in awarding a penalty try that finished things off.

Raheem Sterling apologises to Ben Watson after collision leads to broken leg at Anfield

Sterling says sorry to Watson for breaking his leg in freak collision

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UPDATED:

18:47 GMT, 17 November 2012

Raheem Sterling has apologised to Ben Watson for the challenge which resulted in a broken leg for the Wigan man during Liverpool's 3-0 win at Anfield.

In a freak collision, 27-year-old Watson was caught just above the shin by the knee of the Reds winger as they jumped for a ball in the first half.

'To Ben Watson I didn't realise it was
serious as that ill be praying for a speedy recovery mate ill have you
in my prayers every day #sorry,' Sterling tweeted.

Treatment: Ben Watson receives attention at Anfield

Treatment: Ben Watson receives attention at Anfield

Hobbling off: Watson leaves the field, to be replaced by David Jones

Hobbling off: Watson leaves the field, to be replaced by David Jones

Watson received lengthy treatment on
the pitch before declining the use of a stretcher and hobbled off
assisted by Wigan medical staff – and he may require surgery.

Despite further attention down by the
touchline the midfielder struggled to put any weight on his right leg
and was eventually taken down the tunnel.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez confirmed the injury after the defeat – and absolved Sterling from any blame.

Apology: Raheem Sterling was quick to say sorry for the tackle that resulted in a broken leg for Ben Watson

Apology: Raheem Sterling was quick to say sorry for the tackle that resulted in a broken leg for Ben Watson

No blame: Roberto Martinez called the incident an accident on a grim day for Wigan

No blame: Roberto Martinez called the incident an accident on a grim day for Wigan

'I haven't seen the challenge back, but I don't think any of the players were looking at each other,' he said.

'Both were looking at the ball – it's a real accident. It's a nasty collision.'

'It is a broken leg and we are going to miss him,' the Spaniard continued, 'he has a fracture and we are going to assess him now because maybe he will require surgery.

'We will see what the extent of the breakage is and what treatment he needs. We are really disappointed because he was at a good level.'

John Terry out for three weeks

Terry out for three weeks as Chelsea boss Di Matteo breathes sigh of relief

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UPDATED:

14:28 GMT, 16 November 2012

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo received a boost with the news that John Terry will only be out for three weeks following his collision with Luis Suarez in last weekend's draw against Liverpool.

The Chelsea captain was carried off on a stretcher at Stamford Bridge and there were initial fears he could be out for a long time.

Terry hurt his knee after falling awkwardly in the accidental collision with the Reds striker.

Committed: John Terry and Luis Suarez went flying into each other at Stamford Bridge

Committed: John Terry and Luis Suarez went flying into each other at Stamford Bridge

Nasty: Terry's leg bent as he went down following the clash with Suarez

Nasty: Terry's leg bent as he went down following the clash with Suarez

Di Matteo said 'With JT, we're looking at approximately three weeks. Fortunately, it's not as bad as we first thought. It's an MCL (medial cruciate ligament) strain.

'On the one hand we're obviously pleased it's not as bad as first feared. On the other hand we're disappointed we're losing him again after he just got back.

'It's a crucial period of the season for us, too. So that's a shame. It will depend on the progress of his rehab. We'll do everything to speed it up, but it depends how he reacts as well.'

Worry: Terry looked to be in agony as he lay on the ground at Stamford Bridge

Worry: Terry looked to be in agony as he lay on the ground at Stamford Bridge

Terry had given Chelsea the lead against Brendan Rodgers' side before Suarez pounced with the equaliser.

The former England captain had just returned to action after serving a four-match ban for using racist language towards Anton Ferdinand in a match against QPR last year.

Meanwhile, Di Matteo played down talk of Frank Lampard leaving Chelsea for China following reports the veteran midfielder was in talks with Guizhou Renhe over a January move.

Concerned: Roberto Di Matteo was alarmed as Terry left the pitch on a stretcher

Concerned: Roberto Di Matteo was alarmed as Terry left the pitch on a stretcher

The Italian said: 'Not as far as I'm aware, but there'll always be speculation about Frank. There were rumours about the MLS as well. I'm not aware of any dialogue.'

On whether the 34-year-old will be offered a new deal in west London, Di Matteo said: 'I hope so. But ultimately that's between the player and the club to agree a new arrangement.

'I'm not aware how the discussions are going at the moment. If there's a willingness from both sides, he will remain with us. I don't know (for how long). That's for them to arrange.

'He's been a fantastic player for us over a decade, so it would be nice for him to finish his career here. I can't put a figure on that at the moment.'

Started so well: Terry headed Chelsea in front against Liverpool

Started so well: Terry headed Chelsea in front against Liverpool

John Terry injured in return against Liverpool from racism ban

Terry's dream return cut short after nasty injury leaves skipper screaming in agony as he is carried off at Bridge
John Terry carried off after Luis Suarez lands awkwardly on returning captain's kneeSkipper opened scoring for Chelsea in 20th minute from Juan Mata corner

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UPDATED:

17:54 GMT, 11 November 2012

John Terry's return to the Chelsea starting line-up was cut short by a nasty-looking injury in the first half against Liverpool, just 15 minutes after he bagged a goal.

Terry was carried off on a stretcher while holding his face and screaming in agony after Liverpool striker Luis Suarez slipped while in possession and landed awkwardly on the 31-year-old's knee.

Gary Cahill had to hastily step in for Terry in the 37th minute, who seemed to know immediately that he would be unable to continue, putting up a hand to indicate the need for a substitution.

Game over: John Terry's return was cut short

Game over: John Terry's return was cut short

As it happened: Suarez lost control, slipped and landed with all his weight on Terry's knee

As it happened: Suarez lost control, slipped and landed with all his weight on Terry's knee

As it happened: Suarez lost control, slipped and landed with all his weight on Terry's knee

Little more than fifteen minutes earlier, Terry was enjoying a dream return to the fray.

The Chelsea captain powered home a header to put his side a goal up at Stamford Bridge.

Juan Mata found the unmarked former England international in the box from a corner, who obliged by glancing his effort past a stranded Brad Jones.

Terry's subsequent injury was clearly an accident, and no blame could be attributed to Suarez. The Uruguayan bore down on Terry with the ball at his feet while being pursued by Ramires.

Terry stood square on as Suarez – who slipped, or was perhaps nudged by Ramires – fell, landing with all his weight on the centre back's outstretched right leg.

After five minutes of on-pitch treatment, Terry was carried off and straight down the tunnel past manager Roberto Di Matteo, who attempted to console him.

Terry was back in the Chelsea starting line-up for the first time after serving his four-match ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand last season.

He partnered Branislav Ivanovic at centre back, as the Blues welcomed
Liverpool to Stamford Bridge.

Di Matteo decided not to use Terry in the Champions League last week, as he felt he was not ready to make his return.

He was one of Di Matteo's
unused substitutes as Chelsea beat Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday through a last-gasp Victor Moses goal.

Ouch: Luis Suarez accidentally ended up landing on Terry's knee

Ouch: Luis Suarez accidentally ended up landing on Terry's knee

Concern: The Uruguayan attempted to comfort Terry after the incident

Concern: The Uruguayan attempted to comfort Terry after the incident

Terry's selection had come after Di Matteo stated ahead of the match that even his captain was not immune from his rotation policy.

The Italian manager said: 'He's certainly a fantastic player for us and he will continue to be so and continue to be our captain and our leader when he plays.'

'I don't think anybody's guaranteed a starting place.'

'They all have to work and be fighting for their place in the team.'

He added: 'We've got a lot of competition in the team and they're all internationals.

Carried off: Medics were on hand to get Terry off the field, cutting his return short

Carried off: Medics were on hand to get Terry off the field, cutting his return short

'We've got an England international playing or a Brazil international, or a Serbia international.

'So, all of them are international players that have a lot of quality and they are at a very high level.'

Although Terry was back in defence this afternoon, the injury looked to be particularly serious and could leave the skipper facing an even longer layoff.

Fernando Torres, meanwhile, is playing against his former club again since leaving for a so far unjustified sum of 50million in January last year.

He is backed up by the lethal trio of Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard.

Easy as that: Terry opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge

Easy as that: Terry opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge

England 5 San Marino 0: Video highlights

England 5 San Marino 0: Video highlights of the Three Lions' World Cup qualifier at Wembley

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UPDATED:

10:43 GMT, 13 October 2012

Wayne Rooney scored two as England swept San Marino aside with minimal fuss in the World Cup 2014 qualifier at a packed Wembley Stadium.

Danny Welbeck bagged a brace and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rounded off the scoring as the Three Lions cruised past the minnows in front of a full house.

The only negative on the night was the injury to Theo Walcott who was taken off on a stretcher early in the match following a hefty collision with the visitors' goalkeeper. Watch all the highlights of the match right here.