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Six Nations 2013: Jonathan Sexton and Mike McCarthy injured and out of Scotland game

Blow for Ireland as Sexton and McCarthy are ruled out of Scotland clash

Mike Dawes


13:41 GMT, 14 February 2013



13:55 GMT, 14 February 2013

Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton and second row Mike McCarthy have been ruled out of the RBS 6 Nations clash with Scotland at Murrayfield on February 24.

Sexton sustained a hamstring problem and McCarthy knee ligament damage in Sunday's 12-6 defeat by England and team manager Mick Kearney announced today that they will miss the trip to Edinburgh.

'Jonny's scan revealed a grade two
hamstring injury. Progress has been good so far, but it's too early to
say when he will return to play,' Kearney said.

Crocked: Sexton hobbled off injured against England last weekend

Crocked: Sexton hobbled off injured against England last weekend

'Mike has hurt the medial ligament of
his right knee. It's quite sore and he will be in a brace for two
weeks. A further review will take place in two weeks.'

Ireland received more positive news on the remaining injuries they incurred during a brutal clash at the Aviva Stadium.

Centre Brian O'Driscoll, full-back Rob Kearney, flanker Sean O'Brien and lock Donnacha Ryan are at varying degrees of fitness, but all should be available to face Scotland.

'Brian had a recurrence of the soft tissue injury in his good ankle. Scans revealed no structural damage and he will do non-contact training today,' Kearney said.

Ruled out: McCarthy (centre) will also miss the Scotland clash

Ruled out: McCarthy (centre) will also miss the Scotland clash

'Donnacha Ryan suffered a lower back
muscle strain. Scans have excluded structural damage but he's quite sore
and won't train this week.

'He'll be reassessed at the weekend and at this stage he has a good chance of being available against Scotland.

'Sean O'Brien has recovered well from his stiff neck and tight hamstring and will train today.

'Rob is fine. He had a slight dead leg but trained fully today.'

Juan Mata: Chelsea eat sausages, bacon and beans for breakfast

Sausages, bacon and beans for breakfast No wonder Chelsea have slipped down the table



13:49 GMT, 7 December 2012

Perhaps the reason Chelsea are getting stuffed on the pitch is because, as Juan Mata has revealed, they are gorging themselves off it.

The Spain star has told of the squad's preference for eating sausages, bacon and beans for breakfast before lunchtime kick offs.

And the fatty pre-match meal is leaving them with a fat chance of succeeding when they go out to play, according to a nutrition expert.

Admission: Mata has revealed details of Chelsea's pre-match grub

Admission: Mata has revealed details of Chelsea's pre-match grub

Food for thought…


Sausages (2) = 4g saturated fat (20 per cent of daily allowance), 8g protein

Bacon (2) = 2g saturated fat (10 per cent), 6g protein

Beans (One portion) = 52g carbs (17 per cent), 12g protein


Grilled tomatoes (2) = 10g carbs, 4g protein

Poached eggs (One large) = 2g saturated fat, 6g protein

Wholegrain toast (2 slices) = 26g carbs, 2g protein

Vicky Warr, head of fitness training firm Beez Kneez, said: 'Sausages, bacon and beans I am surprised. The reason why they're going for that kind of breakfast, I think, is get plenty of protein in.

'They want to build lean muscle tissue and obviously meat is a good source of protein. But with sausages you've got quite a lot of processed meat so plenty of saturated fat.

'That is difficult to digest sometimes and it can lead to issues when they're playing. They may feel a little heavy and it could affect their energy levels.'

Mata reveled: 'I had a lot of trouble with that at the start. I said to myself: “How can we eat stuff like this” But now I'm used to it… which proves I've adapted perfectly.'

Traditional: Chelsea prefer sausages, bacon and beans before lunchtime kick-offs

Traditional: Chelsea prefer sausages, bacon and beans before lunchtime kick-offs

Hopefully, the calorific breakfast is eaten well in advance of playing.

'They'd need to eat a good two or three hours before they go on the pitch,' Ms Warr said.

'They want to be getting up and eating your breakfast straight away, not waiting until 10am, because their blood sugar levels will be really low by that point. So I'm presuming they're eating before that anyway.'

There is one potential plus point from having a Full English though. While the beans provide a form of carbohydrates for energy, they also lead to something else entirely.

'Beans aren't the best carbs,' Ms Warr said. 'I don't want to be rude but they'll probably still have flatulence. They'll be putting the other team off that's for sure. Maybe that's there tactic!'

An healthier alternative is to use a cleaner form of protein, such as eggs, and to eat whole grain toast for carbs.

Ms Warr added: 'If they are having really good, organic, homemade sausages, and if they're grilled rather than fried, that's an okay option. If the bacon was unsmoked and again grilled, and had the fat cut off it, that would be better.

'Because they are burning off a lot of energy, obviously they are not trying to lose weight. But they do still need to stay in really good shape in order to be performing well on the pitch.

'I'd give them smoothies made form bananas, natural yoghurt, water, loads of berries, some ground almonds. Put that in a blender and that would give them loads of vitamins and nutrients in and provide good energy.

'Or they could have grilled tomatoes, eggs – poached, scrambled or boiled – they are really could source of protein, and leaner. A couple of slices of whole grain toast as well for carbohydrates so they can sprint around on the pitch.

'Ideally they want slow releasing carbohydrates for breakfast. But because matches aren't that long, they could have the whiter variety of pasta or bread about and hour before because they're going to burn it off. It will give them that short burst. They're not running a marathon.'

Perri Shakes-Drayton fit for Birmingham Grand Prix

Shakes-Drayton declared fit for Birmingham as hurdler looks to forget Olympic injury



11:01 GMT, 21 August 2012

Perri Shakes-Drayton has revealed she is fully fit for this weekend's Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix after an injury derailed her Olympic medal hopes earlier this month.

The 23-year-old missed out on a place in the 400 metre hurdles final after she finished third in her semi-final heat but confirmed the hamstring problem she suffered at the Games is behind her, albeit still something of a mystery.

'During the warm-up prior to my Olympic semi-final I felt my hamstring tighten up,' Shakes-Drayton said.

'I tried my best to make it feel better but in my mind I knew it didn't feel right.

Missing out: Shakes-Drayton did not qualify for the Olympic final

Missing out: Shakes-Drayton did not qualify for the Olympic final

Back in action: The Londoner will compete in Birmingham

Back in action: The Londoner will compete in Birmingham

'The opportunity of being at the Olympics, I'm not going to pull out. I was hoping I was going to pull though.

'Like a lot of people have said, I didn't look like the same athlete that people noticed in the heat.

'It was tightness, only tightness. I had a scan to find out if was serious and the scan didn't show anything of concern, it was just tightness, so general soft tissue physio sorted it out.'

Shakes-Drayton admitted it was not the first time she had experienced that type of problem.

She said: 'I have experienced it before, back in Rome where I never even raced because of a similar thing.

'Me and my coach are looking to meet up and discuss it because we don't want this kind of problem to happen again.

'Maybe it will be something that needs to be dealt with before winter training starts.'

However, the London-born athlete is hoping to finish with a strong result in the UK's final Samsung Diamond League meet of the year this weekend and replicate her personal best of 53.78 seconds at Crystal Palace last month.

'I'm hoping to end on a high. That's my aim,' she said.

'I'm going to go out there and try to win but these girls are top girls and I'm just hoping to go out there and do my thing and repeat what I did in Crystal Palace.

Fine form: Shakes-Drayton recorded a personal best last month

Fine form: Shakes-Drayton recorded a personal best last month

'I feel 100 per cent fit. I feel good. With my event you can't really judge what's going to happen so I've just got to go out there and try and stay in contention.'

With the London Olympics over, Shakes-Drayton has been left to reflect on what could have been, but she claims she is not setting her sights on the Rio 2016 Games just yet.

'I would have run a much better semi-final [at the Olympics] because the heat was so comfortable, I felt so good, I knew I had so much more left to give.

'I was more than capable of making that final but it just didn't happen.

'Rio is a goal but I've got loads more championships in between that.

'We've got World Championships in Moscow and when I go there I'm looking to be a medal contender.

'I'm capable of doing it. It just has to be at the right time.'