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Arsenal"s Jack Wilshere was forced off with a thigh injury against Sunderland

Arsenal face anxious wait over Wilshere as England star hobbles off at Sunderland

By
Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

16:42 GMT, 9 February 2013

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UPDATED:

09:54 GMT, 10 February 2013

Jack Wilshere was forced off during his Arsenal's 1-0 victory against Sunderland with a thigh injury after being bodychecked by Alfred N'Diaye.

There didn't seem to be a great deal
of contact from the new Sunderland signing, but it was enough for Wilshere to be replaced by Abou Diaby as Arsenal looked to keep hold of their lead.

Arsene Wenger was visibly furious with the physical nature of Sunderland's tackling, as his playmaker was left on the floor on more than one occasion.

After the match the Arsenal manager said that Wilshere 'can't walk properly now', but hopes he will only be out for around four or five days.

Down: Jack Wilshere was in distress when receiving treatment after the collision

Down: Jack Wilshere was in distress when receiving treatment after the collision

Furious: As Wilshere hobbled off, Arsene Wenger was irate with the referee

Furious: As Wilshere hobbled off, Arsene Wenger was irate with the referee

Laurent Koscielny, who was initially
named on the Arsenal teamsheet, had to be withdrawn just before kick-off
after limping out of the warm up with a calf injury.

He had passed a fitness test before
the game, but was unable to take to the pitch, meaning Bacary Sagna had
to play centre back and Carl Jenkinson came in at right back.

Arsenal were also made to play the last 30 minutes without Carl Jenkinson, who was sent off for two
yellow cards, the second being a silly lunge on Stephane Sessegnon.

He will be suspended for their FA Cup fifth-round clash against Blackburn on Saturday.

They
held on to pick up a 1-0 victory at the Stadium of Light after Santi
Cazorla had put the Gunners ahead in the first half with a low shot past
Simon Mignolet.

Fighting: Wilshere and N'Diaye go head to head for the ball

Fighting: Wilshere and N'Diaye go head to head for the ball

Smash: Bramble came in with a heavy tackle on the Arsenal midfielder

Smash: Titus Bramble came in with a heavy tackle on the Arsenal midfielder

Wilshere's injury comes the day after Wenger had said that the England star needed to be protected from burnout and future injuries.

He had played a leading role in their 2-1 win when Brazil visited Wembley, outshining the likes of Ronaldinho and Neymar.

However Wenger was more philosophical: 'It is not just the physical aspect, but the mental pressure every time he plays. We will have to manage him well physically to make sure he doesn't face that burnout.

'I had in fact expected Jack to play only a part of the game on
Wednesday, but it didn't happen and because of his quality he will be
exposed to that, the overuse of his quality, and you can understand that.

'He will have to be managed like everyone else.'

Competitive: Wilshere and Lee Cattermole getting to grips with each other in the middle of the park

Competitive: Wilshere and Lee Cattermole getting to grips with each other in the middle of the park

Winner: Santi Cazorla's strike was the only goal of the game

Winner: Santi Cazorla's strike was the only goal of the game

QPR look set to win race for Junior Hoilett

QPR set to win race for Hoilett as they fend off interest from Newcastle

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UPDATED:

21:35 GMT, 11 July 2012

QPR are close to winning the 4million battle for Blackburn Rovers winger Junior Hoilett after fending off late interest from Newcastle.

The 22-year-old is out of contract but will command a compensation fee as he is under 24 and has been at Blackburn since he was 13.

Wanted man: Junior Hoilett (centre) looks set to join QPR

Wanted man: Junior Hoilett (centre) looks set to join QPR

German club Borussia Monchengladbach wanted the Canadian but were reluctant to match wage demands of around 50,000 a week.

QPR are also monitoring Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama, 20, who is due to have talks over his future today.

Blackburn are also in talks to sign Derby striker Steve Davies for around 200,000.

Davies, 24, has been on the transfer list at Pride Park since turning down a new contract in May, but his club can demand a fee after taking up the option of a 12-month extension on his deal. Ipswich are also interested.

Olympiakos are weighing up a bid for Blackburn midfielder Radosav Petrovic, 22, who has struggled to settle since last summer's 2.5m move from Partizan Belgrade.

Blackburn have offered a trial to Malaysian defender Titus James Palani, 26, who is at French third division club Nanteuil.

Titus Bramble says woman he is accused of sexually assaulting was "touchy feely and flirty"

Bramble tells court that woman he is accused of sexually assaulting was 'touchy feely and flirty'

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UPDATED:

14:35 GMT, 30 May 2012

Sunderland defender Titus Bramble said a woman who accused him of sexual assault was 'touchy feely and flirty' and kissed him 'passionately' as they shared a taxi from a nightclub.

The Sunderland centre-back told a court she put her hand on his crotch during the journey and at no point did she tell him to stop.

On trial: Titus Bramble (left) arrives at Teeside Crown Court on Wednesday

On trial: Titus Bramble (left) arrives at Teeside Crown Court on Wednesday

Bramble, 30, is on trial accused of grabbing a woman's bottom in the Cross Keys nightclub in Yarm, Teesside, then repeatedly sexually assaulting another woman in a taxi home.

He denies all four charges.

Giving evidence at Teesside Crown Court, Bramble said of the second alleged assault in the cab: “We were kissing. We kissed a couple of times passionately.

'She was touching me and putting my hand on her leg.'

He said the woman, who he had met before, also touched his crotch.

Bramble said her mood then changed, adding: 'She then said that she wanted to go to an address and that she wasn't happy.'

The taxi driver believed something was wrong and drove the pair to a police station, jurors have been told.

In action: Sunderland player Bramble (right) tussles with Wayne Rooney

In action: Sunderland player Bramble (right) tussles with Wayne Rooney

The court has already heard evidence from both complainants.

The first, who was in the Cross Keys, said she felt someone grope her bottom and turned to see Bramble “smirking”, which made her “very uncomfortable”.

Bramble denies it was him.

She reported the incident after the other woman claimed she was assaulted in a taxi by the Sunderland star, which they caught in Yarm on the same night – September 28 last year.

During the journey, he put his hand up her dress without her consent and twice forced her hand on to his groin, which made her “really scared”, she told the jury.

Taxi driver Abid Hussain yesterday said he felt the woman 'needed help' so he diverted to Stockton police station.

The alleged victim locked herself in a toilet and Bramble, of Wynyard near Middlesbrough, was arrested.

The footballer, who has played for Ipswich, Newcastle and Wigan Athletic, made no comment during police interviews, except to deny the charges.
The trial, scheduled to end on Friday, continues.

Kieran Richardson set for Sunderland exit

Sunderland to cash in on Richardson as O'Neill plans summer clear-out

Kieran Richardson could head a summer clear-out at Sunderland as Martin O'Neill looks to cash in before the player is out of contract.

The 27-year-old will have a year left on his deal at the end of the season and it remains uncertain whether he will sign fresh terms.

On the move The Black Cats could cash in on Richardson in the summer

On the move The Black Cats could cash in on Richardson in the summer

O'Neill is reluctant to allow the former England international to enter the final year of his contract and will be prepared to listen to offers for his services.

Richardson was considered by Arsene Wenger in the January transfer window as Arsenal weighed up options to cover at left back and midfield.

Michael Turner, Titus Bramble, Craig Gordon, Matthew Kilgallon and Ahmed Elmohamady could all be sacrificed at the end of the campaign to bolster O'Neill's transfer kitty.

Titus Bramble in court to face sexual assault charges

Sunderland defender Bramble in dock to face sexual assault charges

Titus Bramble will appear before a judge on Friday, charged with three counts of sexual assault.

The 30-year-old Sunderland defender is accused of indecently touching two women in separate incidents during a night out in Yarm, Teesside, in September.

The defender, of Wellington Drive, Wynyard, near Middlesbrough, will appear at Teesside Crown Court for a plea and directions hearing.

In the dock: Bramble is in court today

In the dock: Bramble is in court today

In a statement released previously, Bramble's solicitor said the footballer looked forward to clearing his name at the Crown Court.

Bramble started his career at Ipswich and also played for Newcastle and Wigan before signing for Sunderland.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos joins Sunderland on-loan

Kyrgiakos makes Premier League return as former Reds defender joins Sunderland

Former Liverpool defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos has signed for Sunderland after completing a loan move from Wolfsburg.

The 32-year-old Greece international, who played 49 games for the Anfield club, has been brought in by Martin O'Neill as centre-back cover for Wes Brown, Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon, who are all injured and out of Wednesday's clash with Norwich City.

Loan deal: Sotirios Kyrgiakosis set for a spell at Sunderland

Loan deal: Sotirios Kyrgiakosis set for a spell at Sunderland

O'Neill said: 'Sotirios offers a real physical presence, coupled with a wealth of experience, which will be an undoubted benefit to us in the next few months.

'I'm delighted to welcome him to the club and I'm sure he is looking forward to the challenge of returning to the Premier League.'

O'Neill, who has already completed the loan signing of Wayne Bridge from Manchester City, wants experienced cover and has swooped for a player who has hardly played in Germany since his free transfer from Liverpool at the end of last season.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos set for Sunderland loan

Kyrgiakos set for Premier League return as former Reds defender heads to Sunderland

Former Liverpool defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos is on his way to Sunderland to complete a loan move from Wolfsburg.

The 32-year-old Greece international, who played 49 games for the Anfield club, has been brought in by Martin O'Neill as centre-back cover for Wes Brown, Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon, who are all injured and out of Wednesday's clash with Norwich City.

Loan deal: Sotirios Kyrgiakosis set for a spell at Sunderland

Loan deal: Sotirios Kyrgiakosis set for a spell at Sunderland

O'Neill, who has already completed the loan signing of Wayne Bridge from Manchester City, wants experienced cover and has swooped for a player who has hardly played in Germany since his free transfer from Liverpool at the end of last season.

The centre-back, who also had a spell with Rangers, is expected for a medical and talks this afternoon.

Liverpool fan accused of making "monkey" gesture – police investigate

Police to study Anfield TV footage after fan accused of making monkey gesture

Police are looking into reports that a fan was caught on
television allegedly making a 'monkey' gesture during Liverpool's FA Cup clash
with Manchester United.

The match at Anfield, which was settled by Dirk Kuyt's late
strike, passed by largely without incident despite it being the first time the
two teams had clashed since Luis Suarez was found guilty of racially abusing
Patrice Evra.

Accusation: Merseyside police are looking at TV footage of the FA Cup clash at Anfield

Accusation: Merseyside police are looking at TV footage of the FA Cup clash at Anfield

Reds striker Suarez was in the stands as he continued to
serve his eight-game ban, while United captain for the day Evra was subjected
to the expected jeers.

However in the aftermath of the match, a screengrab from the
television footage circulated on social media site Twitter apparently showing a
member of the crowd making an offensive gesture.

Settled it: Dirk Kuyt scored in the 87th minute to put Liverpool through

Settled it: Dirk Kuyt scored in the 87th minute to put Liverpool through

With players like Titus Bramble using his account to call
for the identification of the man at the centre of the claims, Merseyside
Police revealed they were looking over the footage.

In the last round of the FA Cup, a Liverpool fan was
arrested for making racially motivated comments towards Oldham Athletic’s Tom
Adeyemi.