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Leighton Baines scarred as Gary Cahill"s studs go through shirt

You ripper! Baines scarred as Cahill's studs go right through Everton defender's shirt

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UPDATED:

15:48 GMT, 30 December 2012

Leighton Baines was left with a sore reminder of playing against Chelsea after the Everton defender was caught by Gary Cahill's studs.

Baines and Blues defender Cahill clashed accidentally early in the second half at Goodison Park and it was the home favourite who came off worse.

As these pictures from Sky Sports show, Cahill's studs went right through Baines' shirt and left a scar on the England international's back.

Ripped: Leighton Baines was caught by Gary Cahill's studs as the pair hit the ground at Goodison Park

Ripped: Leighton Baines was caught by Gary Cahill's studs as the pair hit the ground at Goodison Park

Baines, true to form, was straight back up and in the thick of the action.

Meanwhile, Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech did not come out for the second half.

The Blues stopper picked up an ankle injury and was replaced by Ross Turnbull.

Turnbull's sole previous appearance this season was the Capital One Cup drubbing of Wolves in September.

And he was celebrating at the end of the match on Merseyside as the visitors took the three points back to London after Frank Lampard's double cancelled out Steven Pienaar's early strike.

Collision: Cahill and Baines hit the ground and the Chelsea defender catches his opponent

Collision: Cahill and Baines hit the ground and the Chelsea defender catches his opponent

Accidental: Cahill looked worried for a second as Baines lay on the pitch

Accidental: Cahill looked worried for a second as Baines lay on the pitch

War wound: Baines was caught by Cahill's studs

War wound: Baines was caught by Cahill's studs

Distin tweet points finger at Suarez for almost breaking his ankle in Merseyside derby

Distin tweet points finger at Suarez for almost breaking his ankle in Merseyside derby

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UPDATED:

13:24 GMT, 31 October 2012

Everton's Sylvain Distin has accused Luis Suarez of almost breaking his ankle with a horrific challenge in Sunday's Merseyside derby.

As the bitter fallout to Sunday's 2-2 derby continue, the 34-year-old French defender was left in agony on the Goodison turf after the Liverpool striker raked his studs down Distin's ankle.

Distin (@sylvaind15tin) posted a message on Twitter late last night which read: 'Thanks for the concern. My ankle is all good considering it could have been broken.'

Nasty tackle: Luis Suarez of Liverpool treads on the ankle of Sylvain Distin during Sunday's Merseyside derby. The Everton defender has posted a furious tweet about the incident

Nasty tackle: Luis Suarez of Liverpool treads on the ankle of Sylvain Distin during Sunday's Merseyside derby. The Everton defender has posted a furious tweet about the incident

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Distin tweet about Suarez tackle

Twitter fury: Distin's tweet about Suarez tackle

Suarez, who had already courted controversy by diving in front of Everton boss David Moyes to celebrate Liverpool's opening goal, appeared to suggest his studs had caught in the turf causing him to catch Distin.

That notion former World Cup referee and Sportsmail columnist Graham Poll described as fanciful.

Poll wrote: 'He (Suarez) was correctly booked – his second 'offence' – in the 71st minute when he showed his bad side by treading on the achilles of Sylvain Distin.

'Suarez indicated his studs had caught in the turf causing the accidental clash. Replays showed no such slip and he was cautioned for the fourth time in the league this season.'

Agony: Distin writhes on the floor as Suarez attempts to console him

Agony: Distin writhes on the floor as Suarez attempts to console him

Steven Gerrard, who had caused a furious reaction from Everton fans for his post-match comments, has admitted his criticism of the Toffees was over the top as he drew a line under the controversy.

The Liverpool captain was furious after the game and, in the heat of the moment, he said Everton’s tactics were similar to those of Stoke, as he claimed they played a number of long balls.

Yellow peril: Suarez was rightly booked for the tackle by referee Andre Marriner

Yellow peril: Suarez was rightly booked for the tackle by referee Andre Marriner

His frustration stemmed from Liverpool, who tonight host Swansea in the Capital One Cup fourth round, having a last-gasp winner from Luis Suarez wrongly disallowed at Goodison Park and he made a number of inflammatory comments, such as Liverpool were the only team interested in playing football.

However, statistics that were published following the pulsating 2-2 draw showed that Everton enjoyed more possession and significantly out-passed Liverpool, which is why Gerrard has felt the need to issue a retraction.

‘Just to clarify I’ve watched the game again and I’ve seen some of Everton’s matches this season, and what I said in relation to their style of play went too far,’ Gerrard said. ‘I was frustrated by the disallowed goal from Luis when I spoke and also some of the things that have been said about Luis in recent weeks, which haven’t been fair in my opinion.

‘As captain I have a duty to stand up for our players when I feel they are unfairly singled out. But it wasn’t my intention to disrespect Everton or Stoke for that matter and I certainly didn’t intend any disrespect to their manager or players.’

Gerrard was eager to stress that he had no intended to upset the respective managers of Everton and told the Liverpool Echo: ‘I have the utmost respect for David Moyes and Tony Pulis and the job they have done at their respective clubs.

‘My main issue was with the goal that wasn’t given and that Liverpool did not get the three points I felt we deserved in what was a fantastic derby match.’

Mario Balotelli latest: Roberto Mancini has "endless" patience with striker

My patience with Balotelli is endless! Mancini admits he has soft spot for Mario

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 21 September 2012

Roberto Mancini insists his patience with volatile Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is 'endless'.

Balotelli is expected to return to the squad for Sunday's visit of Arsenal after he was left out for the Champions League defeat at Real Madrid in midweek.

When City last met the Gunners in April a 1-0 defeat looked to have killed off their title hopes, Balotelli was sent off on 90 minutes and made a studs-up challenge on Alex Song that was missed by referee Martin Atkinson.

The trip: Mario Balotelli jokes about with James Milner

The trip: Mario Balotelli jokes about with James Milner

The push: Balotelli is pushed by Milner

The push: Balotelli is pushed by Milner

The make up: Balotelli hugs Millner

The make up: Balotelli hugs Millner

‘I thought it would be a six-game ban
after that game,’ admitted Mancini. ‘Three for the red card and three
for what he did to Song.’

Asked if he had been ready to wash his hands of the player, a smiling Mancini replied: ‘My patience with him is endless.’

What row Roberto Mancini insists he is absolutely fine with Balotelli

What row Roberto Mancini insists he is absolutely fine with Balotelli

Ready to go: Balotelli trains ahead of Sunday's game with Arsenal

Ready to go: Balotelli trains ahead of Sunday's game with Arsenal

No rift: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini claims there are no issues with him and Balotelli

No rift: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini claims there are no issues with him and Balotelli

Mancini confirmed the 22-year-old was upset over his omission in Madrid.

He said: ‘He was upset. It’s normal that a player who can’t play in the Bernabeu is unhappy.

Sometimes an important player like Mario or James Milner must sit in the stands.

‘It’s important the players understand this.’

It was believed that Mancini is fed
up with Balotelli's wild ways – including his smoking habit – and was
fast losing patience with the maverick 22-year-old, but Mancini played
down talk of a rift.

'There has been no argument, and no row. Absolutely not,' he said.

'Mario went in the stand only because
we started to play with Carlos Tevez in attack and we couldn't have
three strikers on the bench.'

Balotelli partied until the early
hours after Saturday's 1-1 draw at Stoke. He was pictured with boxer
Amir Khan on a night out at Circle Club in Manchester.

Mancini was said to be angry as he wanted the forward to rest ahead of their opening European match against the Spanish giants.

As a punishment, Balotelli was
ordered to travel to the Bernabeu despite reportedly being told he
wouldn't play a part before stepping on the plane.

Another growing concern for Mancini is Balotelli's smoking habit – infuriating for a club that pay him over 100,000 per week.

Bad habit: Balotelli has regularly been spotted smoking away from training and matches

Bad habit: Balotelli has regularly been spotted smoking away from training and matches

Good example: Balotelli has also been pictured smoking in his Man City gear

Good example: Balotelli has also been pictured smoking in his Man City gear

Partying: Balotelli (right) was pictured with Amir Khan at the Circle Club on Saturday

Partying: Balotelli (right) was pictured with Amir Khan at the Circle Club on Saturday

Euro 2012: Steven Gerrard wary of red card threat

Gerrard admits he will have to be careful as England wary of red card threat

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UPDATED:

09:31 GMT, 2 June 2012

England skipper Steven Gerrard admits he may have to modify his game to reduce the risk of picking up a red card during Euro 2012.

Gerrard and the rest of the England squad have been spoken to by FIFA and UEFA referees delegate David Elleray about what is permissible ahead of the tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

The midfielder admits he could have been booked or dismissed for a challenge on Norwegian player Tom Hogli in the international friendly on May 26 had it been a competitive match.

Lunge: Gerrard will have to be wary about tackles like this

Lunge: Gerrard will have to be wary about tackles like this

Gerard said: 'If I think I can win a tackle fairly, I'll go in and try and win it. We had a referee's meeting last night with David Elleray, going through different scenarios.

'We have to be slightly more careful at international level compared to what we're used to in our league.

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'The tackle last week (on Hogli) might have been a caution or worse, but to me it's fair. It was clean, the side of my foot, no studs.

'It has changed, though. It's something you have to adapt to as a player, especially myself who is a tackler. You can't get away with it at international level.

'You can connect with the ball cleanly but, if you take the man, you get cautioned.

'The players were aware of the different scenarios after the meeting – cautions, bringing men down, surrounding the referee. We're all aware of it. Seven or eight points were made.'

There will be a bigger responsibility on Gerrard in midfield after the loss through injury of experienced duo Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry, who have won 143 caps between them.

But Gerrard admits he cannot afford to hold back even if it means he runs the risk of joining the pair on the sidelines.

He said: 'It's a huge blow to lose Frank, especially on the back of losing Gareth as well. They're two very important midfielders for this squad.

'It's a similar situation to losing Rio (Ferdinand) in the last World Cup. I've experienced missing a big tournament and there's nothing worse in your career. I know what it feels like.

Blow: Gerrard admits Frank Lampard's injury is terrible for England

Blow: Gerrard admits Frank Lampard's injury is terrible for England

'People say will I wrap myself in cotton wool but you risk getting injured worse if you're pulling out of tackles or standing away from things.

'You've got to play your normal game and hopefully you come through. Injuries are part and parcel of the game. They happen. Fingers crossed we don't get any more.

'Other countries are suffering the same thing. It happened with Yann M'Vila with France last night. I'm sure he would have been a big player for them. You have to deal with it.'

What might alter is Gerrard's role in the centre of the park.

He said: 'The manager has spoken to me and said I might have to play deeper and be more disciplined.

'We have to share the responsibility around the squad. Gareth is a very good midfielder and we will also miss Frank's goals.

'We have to share the goals around the squad and take on the responsibility.'

Roberto Martinez defends Wigan pitch in wake of Darren Bent injury

Stop making excuses! Martinez defends Wigan pitch from critics after Bent injury

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has defended the DW Stadium pitch in the wake of Darren Bent's ankle injury and believes it provides a convenient excuse for visiting teams.

Bent is likely to miss the rest of the season after rupturing ankle ligaments in Saturday's goalless draw between Wigan and Aston Villa when he appeared to catch his studs in the turf.

It is not the first time the Wigan pitch, which is shared by the rugby league club, has come in for criticism but Martinez does not think it is a major problem.

Agony: Darren Bent ruptured ankle ligaments at Wigan last weekend

Agony: Darren Bent ruptured ankle ligaments at Wigan last weekend

The Spaniard told Latics Player: 'We want a really good pitch because we base our work on what we do with the ball, and the ball needs to roll well. But the pitch is becoming a bit of an excuse for other teams.

'I think the pitch is the same for both teams, you have to adapt to it. There's nothing we can do with the weather conditions we have and obviously it's difficult for the groundstaff.

'We're trying to do our best to correct it but I don't think the pitch is to blame for the injury to Darren Bent, it's just a very unfortunate incident.

Let's play ball: Roberto Martinez insists his team want to play on a good pitch too

Let's play ball: Roberto Martinez insists his team want to play on a good pitch too

'If you look at the records it's not a pitch that players get injured on much. Unfortunately we're going to see a player out for a long spell and that's something nobody wants to see.'

Chris Whelpdale recovers from split scrotum injury

Gillingham winger makes ballsy recovery from scrotum injury

Gillingham midfielder Chris Whelpdale could return to action less than a week after suffering a split scrotum following a controversial tackle on Boxing Day.

Crawley”s David Hunt put in a tough tackle which meant Whelpdale needed five stitches, but with the aid of a jockstrap he is aiming to play in Friday night”s fixture at Dagenham.

He said: “Initially I thought it was just a whack in the danger area, but three or four minutes later when it was still hurting I did have a look and got a bit of a shock.

Ouch: Whelpdale (right) has made an astonishing recovery

Ouch: Whelpdale (right) has made an astonishing recovery

“When he went in for the challenge his studs were up, but at the time I just thought it was a kick until I saw that it was open and I needed four or five stitches – I can’t really remember.

“I’m hoping to be fit for Friday night – I’ve just been out and bought a jockstrap, so I’ll pad it all up and I should be OK to play.”

The 22-year-old winger was considered likely to miss Friday”s fixture, but his recovery will please Gillingham boss Andy Hessenthaler, who was furious about the incident which caused the injury.

He said: “It”s absolutely disgusting, it was a shocking challenge and worthy of a red card.

“It”s a horrific injury and it”ll be pretty sore and I”m sure his wife won”t be too happy about that tonight either.”