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Martin O"Neill waits on Steven Fletcher fitness

O'Neill faces anxious wait on fitness of top goalscorer Fletcher for Chelsea visit

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 7 December 2012

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is sweating on top scorer Steven Fletcher being fit to face Chelsea on Saturday.

The Scotland international has been unable to train this week due to the ankle injury which forced him to miss the much improved second half performance at Norwich City last Sunday.

Fletcher, who has scored six goals since his 10million summer switch from Wolves, has seen a specialist in London, had a painkilling injection in his ankle and will have a late fitness test before the clash at the Stadium of Light.

Sweating: Steven Fletcher could be fit to face Chelsea

Sweating: Steven Fletcher could be fit to face Chelsea

Manager Martin O'Neill, who has confirmed skipper Lee Cattermole is out for at least two months after knee surgery, says Fletcher has a 50/50 chance of facing the European champions.

Defender John O'Shea, who has missed two games with a calf problem, could also return.

England Under 21 striker Connor Wickham, who made a rare and promising appearance at Carrow Road, is on stand-by to make his first start of the season.

O'Neill said: `Fletcher went down to see the specialist but he hasn't done anything yet in training so that's all I can tell you at the moment.

'We're doing a lot of work with Connor and the young players after training but the biggest thing for Connor is that he wants to do it and he wants to improve.

'He has the physique and natural attributes so it's really up to him.

'Don't start reading everything into a 45 minute performance. I thought he did really well in the Norwich game and he wants to show more aggression.

No chance: Lee Cattermole has been ruled out for at least two months

No chance: Lee Cattermole has been ruled out for at least two months

'Now's the time for him to start performing and getting something out of these games not just letting the minutes on the field pass him by.

'I've been here exactly a year and Connor played in my first game because Bendtner wasn't available.

'He came in and played in the next game and came off injured against Tottenham so he's found his career standing still, certainly at club level, but he's addressing it and that's the most important thing.'

Nemanja Vidic set for Manchester United return

Vidic makes timely return as Man United defender in running to face Cluj and City

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UPDATED:

13:59 GMT, 4 December 2012

Nemanja Vidic took another step towards making his Manchester United comeback in Wednesday's Champions League encounter with CFR Cluj when he took part in Tuesday''s training session at Carrington.

The Serbian has been absent since undergoing knee surgery in September and has played only 15 matches since the start of last season.

Ready for action: Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic with manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Ready for action: Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic with manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Man Utd Vidic talks to Ferguson during training at Carrington

Man Utd Vidic talks to Ferguson during training at Carrington

But it is anticipated the 31-year-old
will return as captain, which could put him in line to face Manchester
City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The only unexpected absentee was Jonny Evans, although no reason was given for the Northern Irishman's failure to train.

Midfielder Anderson, who injured his
hamstring in the 4-3 win at Reading on Saturday, was missing, as was
Antonio Valencia, who has a hip problem Sir Alex Ferguson hopes will
ease in time for Sunday's Manchester derby, which United go into three
points ahead of the champions.

While the game is a dead rubber for
the Red Devils, whose status as Group H winners is already assured, it
could be of huge significance to Cluj. The Romanian champions need to
better Galatasaray's result against Braga to reach the last 16.

Boost: Vidic could be in line for derby if he comes through Champions League tie

Boost: Vidic could be in line for derby if he comes through Champions League tie

On the ball: Rio Ferdinand in the thick of the action during training

On the ball: Rio Ferdinand in the thick of the action during training

On the ball: Rio Ferdinand in the thick of the action during training

On the ball: Rio Ferdinand in the thick of the action during training

Namanja Vidic makes timely return as Manchester United defender in running to face Cluj and City

Vidic makes timely return as Man United defender in running to face Cluj and City

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UPDATED:

12:00 GMT, 4 December 2012

Nemanja Vidic took another step towards making his Manchester United comeback in Wednesday's Champions League encounter with CFR Cluj when he took part in Tuesday''s training session at Carrington.

The Serbian has been absent since undergoing knee surgery in September and has played only 15 matches since the start of last season.

Ready for action: Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic with manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Ready for action: Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic with manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Man Utd Vidic talks to Ferguson during training at Carrington

Man Utd Vidic talks to Ferguson during training at Carrington

But it is anticipated the 31-year-old
will return as captain, which could put him in line to face Manchester
City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The only unexpected absentee was Jonny Evans, although no reason was given for the Northern Irishman's failure to train.

Midfielder Anderson, who injured his
hamstring in the 4-3 win at Reading on Saturday, was missing, as was
Antonio Valencia, who has a hip problem Sir Alex Ferguson hopes will
ease in time for Sunday's Manchester derby, which United go into three
points ahead of the champions.

While the game is a dead rubber for
the Red Devils, whose status as Group H winners is already assured, it
could be of huge significance to Cluj. The Romanian champions need to
better Galatasaray's result against Braga to reach the last 16.

Boost: Vidic could be in line for derby if he comes through Champions League tie

Boost: Vidic could be in line for derby if he comes through Champions League tie

On the ball: Rio Ferdinand in the thick of the action during training

On the ball: Rio Ferdinand in the thick of the action during training

On the ball: Rio Ferdinand in the thick of the action during training

On the ball: Rio Ferdinand in the thick of the action during training

Nemanja Vidic set for Manchester United return as Nani faces five weeks out

Vidic set for injury comeback against Cluj as Nani faces five weeks on sidelines

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UPDATED:

10:23 GMT, 30 November 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is on course for an early return from injury – but revealed that Nani could be out for up to five weeks.

The Portugal winger has not played since the Champions League tie in Braga at the start of the month and could now be missing until the New Year.

It is a further setback for Nani whose future at Old Trafford has been thrown into doubt by an ongoing contract dispute with the club.

Out: Nani faces five weeks on the sidelines

Out: Nani faces five weeks on the sidelines

Antonio Valencia is also racing to be
fit for next weekend's Manchester derby as he recovers from a hip
injury, but there was better news for United with Vidic back in training
following knee surgery.

'It's amazing that we've been beset
with defensive injuries for quite a long period and now we've got our
defenders back we've got two wide players injured,' said Ferguson, who
has seen Chris Smalling and Phil Jones return to action in recent weeks.

'Nani could be out for a long spell,
maybe four or five weeks. With hamstrings you just need time with it.
'Antonio should be fit for next week with painful hip injury that's
getting better now.'

Comeback: Vidic (centre) has returned to training after undergoing knee surgery in September

Comeback: Vidic (centre) has returned to training after undergoing knee surgery in September

Vidic could even feature in Wednesday's final Champions League group game against CFR Cluj at Old Trafford.

'He started training during the
week,' added Ferguson. He's not been involved in the real competitive
part but at least he's back training with the first team which is good
news.

'It would be nice to play him in the
European game. I wouldn't be afraid of playing him. He's done all his
work, he's just short of match practice. I wouldn't be averse to playing
him.'

Ferguson confirmed that Ryan Giggs
(hamstring) and Nick Powell (virus) are fit for tomorrow's trip to
Reading, while Paul Scholes is available again after suspension.

'It's quite late for Scholesy to get a suspension in November,' said the United boss. 'It's usually around October!'

Peter Crouch loses three teeth in collision with Fabricio Coloccini Stoke 2 Newcastle 1

'He wanted to carry on': Brave Crouch loses three teeth in collision with Coloccini

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UPDATED:

23:37 GMT, 28 November 2012

Peter Crouch is facing dental surgery after losing two teeth with another embedded in his jaw following a collision with Fabricio Coloccini in Stoke's 2-1 win over Newcastle.

The Argentina defender's stray arm caught the 31-year-old striker in the jaw at the Brittania Stadium, but Potters boss Tony Pulis saw no malice in the challenge.

Pain game: Peter Crouch winces after the collision with Fabricio Coloccini

Pain game: Peter Crouch winces after the collision with Fabricio Coloccini

Pain game: Peter Crouch winces following the collision with Fabricio Coloccini

'Peter wanted to carry on. But then he saw his teeth in the doctor’s hands. He almost fainted, I think.

'He has lost two and the third was stuck in his upper jaw. He’s going to need some work on it. But I don’t think there was any malice in it.

Harsh reality: The extent of Crouch's injury becomes apparent to the striker

Harsh reality: The extent of Crouch's injury becomes apparent to the striker

Crouch was tended to by club doctor Andrew Dent, with Kenwyne Jones replacing Crouch in the 40th minute.

Pulis saw his side come from behind after Papiss Cisse hit the opener for the visitors just after the break.

But Jon Walters and Cameron Jerome were both on target as Pulis saw his side claim their third win in four matches.

Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor out until February

Cabaye and Taylor out until February as Newcastle duo set to miss busy Christmas schedule with injuries

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UPDATED:

17:18 GMT, 27 November 2012

Alan Pardew has been dealt a double injury blow as Yohan Cabaye and centre back Steven Taylor have both been ruled out until February.

Midfielder Cabaye is expected to undergo surgery for the second time in two days on an injured groin.

The Frenchman's team-mate Taylor will miss two months' football with a hamstring complaint.

In Toon: Cabaye has undergone surgery in Paris

In Toon: Cabaye has undergone surgery in Paris

The centre back was substituted
during Newcastle's defeat to Southampton on Sunday, and joins Cabaye,
Dan Gosling, Hatem Ben Arfa and Ryan Taylor in the treatment room.

Cabaye had his first
operation in the French capital on Monday and that initial surgery on
his injured groin will be assessed before a second operation.

Pardew said: 'We are looking at not
seeing Steven and Yohan again until February 1 so we might as well get
the bad news out of the way because that is what it is and concentrate
on what we’ve got left.

'Yohan has had one side of his groin
done which and leaves the potential weakness on the other side so he
will have that done today or tomorrow. He will probably be out for eight
weeks.'

Cabaye issued a statement on his official website from his hospital bed.

He said: 'A recurring pain (forced) me to get operated on my abdominal wall. There will be two steps in the surgery.

'The first on November 26, the second will happen the day after. I will let you know about my recovery as often as possible. I’ll do my best to get back on my feet as soon as possible.’

The France international was ruled out after he was injured in Newcastle’s home win over West Bromwich Albion earlier in the month.

Newcastle are hopeful his surgery and recuperation will go without any hitches and he is able to return in February.

Midfielder Cheick Tiote, who has had a stop-start season so far thanks to injuries and suspensions, will be absent in the New Year for the African Cup of Nations.

Injury blow: Newcastle's Steven Taylor (right)

Injury blow: Newcastle's Steven Taylor (right)

Pardew had an inkling Taylor's injury would be a long-term problem, and earlier said: 'It's about six to eight weeks, we think, so it's another blow. We are in a run of bad luck for us.

'He's an important player and we hope for a speedy recovery.

'He's cursing his luck a little bit, but unfortunately for Steven, his record is that he does pick up injuries.

'Maybe the fact that we have had to call upon him more than perhaps we would like with the injuries and Colo's [Fabricio Coloccini's] suspension has probably compounded the issue.'

Injury crisis: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

Injury crisis: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

'We are probably looking at February 1 for both he and Steven, so we might as well get the bad news out of the way, because that's what it is, and just focus on what is important, and that's what we have got left.'

A stretched Newcastle squad are looking to put their season back on course after an uncertain start.

Pardew’s team have qualified for the knock-out stages of the Europa League and will be in France next week to face group leaders Bordeaux in a bid to claim top spot in their qualifying group.

But after the 2-0 defeat at Pardew’s former club Southampton on Sunday they have now won just once in their last eight Barclays Premier League games and must travel to Stoke City.

Pardew is still likely to be without Ben Arfa for the visit to the Britannia Stadium and is still without key players for the exhausting December programme.

Key playmaker Ben Arfa missed the Saints defeat with a hamstring strain picked up in his first European match last week while Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling and Haris Vuckic are all on the long-term injury list. Shola Ameobi also has a groin strain.

Pardew’s worries were lifted by the return of Jonas Gutierrez and James Perch at the weekend, and tomorrow he will welcome back influential captain Fabricio Coloccini after his three-match ban.

West Ham fans mock Spurs supporters stabbed in Italy and sing about Hitler

Sickening! FA must act after West Ham fans mock Spurs supporters stabbed in Italy

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UPDATED:

00:59 GMT, 26 November 2012

West Ham United are facing an FA investigation after their fans subjected Tottenham supporters to vile chants at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Spurs’ 3-1 Barclays Premier League win was overshadowed by sickening songs about the stabbings of the Tottenham fans in Rome last week.

Anti-Semitic taunts were also heard, along with persistent hissing and references to Adolf Hitler.

Let down: West Ham fans hit a new low with their chants at White Hart Lane

Let down: West Ham fans hit a new low with their chants at White Hart Lane

Tweet from Sportsmail's Alex Kay

Lazio' chants have gone on for most of
first half. Not just a few people, hundreds. It's sad and pathetic. Ban
them all.' @Alex_Kay_DM

Hundreds of West Ham supporters chanted ‘Viva Lazio’ at numerous points during the game in a macabre show of support for the hooligans who left at least 10 Spurs fans injured and one needing emergency surgery.

Ashley Mills, 25, of Essex, had to be admitted to hospital for stab wounds to his head and groin after being set upon by a gang of masked thugs while in Rome for Tottenham’s Europa League match against Lazio. Two men have since been charged with attempted murder.

Italian flags were seen in the away section on Sunday and a red flare was also set off. After Tottenham had scored their second and third goals, ‘Lazio’ was chanted, bringing ironic cheers from the home crowd.

The most distasteful chants were saved for towards the end. In reply to Spurs fans chanting, ‘Can we play you every week’ West Ham fans sang: ‘Can we stab you every week’

Anti-semitic chanting, hissing and the references to Hitler then followed.

The FA said they would await reports from referee Andre Marriner and fourth official Mark Clattenburg before taking further action.

At the double: Jermain Defoe scored twice as Tottenham cruised to victory over West Ham

At the double: Jermain Defoe scored twice as Tottenham cruised to victory over West Ham

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said he had not heard the chanting but agreed his fans ‘should not be doing that’. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas branded the chants as ‘stupid’.

Allardyce said: ‘I don’t hear what the fans say or do when I’m concentrating on a game of football.

‘They shouldn’t be doing things like that, should they But it’s the least of my worries at the minute.’

Asked about the Hitler chanting, Allardyce said: ‘If I didn’t hear it, I can’t condemn it. I’ll wait and look at it myself and then I’ll comment after I’ve listened to what they’ve said. I don’t want to be a political animal. I’m in here to talk about football, not what fans are saying or singing.’

Villas-Boas said: ‘We know the animosity
there is between Tottenham and West Ham. As long as it doesn’t reach
stupidity, it is a great rivalry.

Aftermath: The Drunken Ship pub in Rome were Spurs fans were attacked this week

Aftermath: The Drunken Ship pub in Rome were Spurs fans were attacked this week

‘I understand the whole situation is unavoidable although we can’t decipher the complete meaning of what they were singing.’

The two clubs have a long-standing history of abuse between supporters. Former West Ham striker Jermain Defoe, who was booed throughout, scored two of the goals in the win for Tottenham, a victory that takes them one place above the Hammers.

Spurs fans have been the subject of complaints by the Society of Black Lawyers who objected to the White Hart Lane supporters singing ‘Yid Army’ about themselves. Sportsmail has highlighted that this kind of disgraceful chanting is just as despicable as racist abuse, pointing out unacceptable behaviour such as vile abuse Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is subjected to at various grounds.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones, who has been the victim of sustained abuse, said: ‘It is like a form of racism because it is every bit as bad.’

Spurs supporters rushed to condemn their West Ham rivals on Twitter.

Three and easy: Tottenham climbed above the Hammers with this win on Sunday

Three and easy: Tottenham climbed above the Hammers with this win on Sunday

Andrew Leason wrote: 'West Ham fans & their Lazio/Hitler chants showing what utter vile scum they are.'

West Ham fan Andrew Wiseman posted: 'The minority of hammers fans with the Lazio chants should hang their heads in shame. And I'm a Hammer. Pathetic.'

Ed Aarons commented: 'Not surprised at all by reports of moronic Lazio chants by West Ham fans at WHL. Not exactly known for their intelligence.'

West Ham fans were also accused of hissing in reference to the Jews who were slaughtered by the Nazis in concentration camps.

'Hissing, Lazio chants and (letting off) a flare. You classless bunch of p***** are really enjoying your cup final, aren't you West Ham,' posted Louise Page.

And Charlie Parrish added: 'Next to West Ham away fans. Lots of Lazio chants. Football's pretty grim sometimes.'

Micah Richards to begin running again as Manchester City ace starts comeback

EXCLUSIVE: Richards to step up recovery from knee injury after doctors give City defender all-clear to start running again

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UPDATED:

18:27 GMT, 22 November 2012

Manchester City defender Micah Richards will next week start running for the first time since undergoing knee surgery.

The 24-year-old met with his surgeon last week for a routine three-week check up.

And the defender was given the all-clear to stop using his crutches and start applying weight to his injured right knee.

Healing: Manchester City defender Micah Richards is set to lose the crutches

Healing: Manchester City defender Micah Richards is set to lose the crutches

Richards has already made trips to the club’s Carrington training ground to complete post-surgery sessions before starting his main rehabilitation plan.

And Richards will start jogging from Wednesday as he starts on his long road to recovery.

It is hoped Richards will be back in contention for a first team return by January.

The news will come as a much-needed boost to manager Roberto Mancini who is still reeling from his side’s early Champions League exit.

Agony: Richards tore the miniscus in his right knee against Swansea in October

Agony: Richards tore the miniscus in his right knee against Swansea in October

Richards has been out since tearing the miniscus in his right knee during the 1-0 win against Swansea on October 27.

It was originally feared Richards could miss up to four months with the injury, but he is now on schedule for a much earlier return.

Wayne Hennessey suffers second cruciate injury

Hennessey faces race to be fit for NEXT season after tearing cruciate again

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UPDATED:

22:25 GMT, 14 November 2012

Wayne Hennessey has suffered a major setback after tearing the repair on his cruciate ligament and now faces a race to be fit for the start of next season.

Wales’ first-choice keeper underwent initial surgery on the damage seven months ago and had played in three reserves’ matches for Wolves.

But he broke down in training on Monday and Wolves’ head of medical, Phil Hayward, said: 'Of all the players to have had such a surgery, Wayne has to have been one of the least likely to sustain another one.

Blow: Wayne Hennessey has suffered his second cruciate ligament injury

Blow: Wayne Hennessey has suffered his second cruciate ligament injury

'It’s difficult to find an explanation as to why this occurred as the surgeon was delighted with his progress.

'However, there is a small rate of failure and Wayne has found himself among this unlucky few.

'He will see the surgeon in the coming days when a decision is made regarding his recovery.'

Shock: Stale Solbakken will be without his goalkeeper until next season

Shock: Stale Solbakken will be without his goalkeeper until next season

The keeper is likely to be out for up to nine months with a recurrence of the injury, leaving him facing a battle to prove his fitness before next August’s kick-off.

He said: 'It is just one of those freak things. There’s no use dwelling on it. I’m just concentrating on getting fit again. I’ve done it once and I’ll do it again.'

Pele recovering in hospital after hip operation

Pele recovering in hospital after hip op with Brazil legend set to head home soon

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UPDATED:

19:23 GMT, 13 November 2012

Three-time World Cup winner Pele is recovering in a Brazilian hospital after undergoing hip surgery.

The 72-year-old is expected to be discharged on Wednesday following the minor procedure at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo.

Pele's advisor, Jose Ovens, told Brazilian broadcaster Globoesport: 'Everything went very well. It was a simple surgery. He probably will be discharged tomorrow.'

Get well soon: Pele is considered by many the finest footballer ever to play

Get well soon: Pele is considered by many the finest footballer ever to play

It was reported that Pele had initially gone to the hospital to renew his medical insurance, but after complaining of long-term pain in his hip and then undergoing tests, opted to undergo the operation.