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WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP 2013: Shaun Murphy beats Graeme Dott

Shock treatment riles Dott as Murphy battles to second round win in gripping battle

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Ivan Speck

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23:05 GMT, 26 April 2013

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23:51 GMT, 26 April 2013

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Graeme Dott lost a gripping late night second round encounter 13-11 to Shaun Murphy but it was the shock treatment he endured in the morning session which jarred him most.

The Scot felt a static shock every time he played a shot close to the cushion and refused to play on until an official sprayed the carpet with water.

Happy days: Shaun Murphy celebrates his win at the Crucible

Happy days: Shaun Murphy celebrates his win at the Crucible

Shaking hands: Murphy and Dott after their gripping second round clash

Shaking hands: Murphy and Dott after their gripping second round clash

Dott said: ‘I had it once before in Ireland and they watered the carpet there so that’s why I told them to do that today.

‘It was every shot and if it wasn’t
the big shocks I was getting little ones constantly. They wanted me to
finish the frame before they watered the carpet. I refused because it’s
not fair to get an electric shock every time you touch the table.

Murphy, winner here in 2005, said: ‘I
could hear the crack of the shots but I thought water and electricity
together was bad, so I don’t get it.

'I've never seen a man out there spraying the carpet. I thought it was weird.'

On the ball: Murphy battled through to the last eight in Sheffield

On the ball: Murphy battled through to the last eight in Sheffield

Scot of bother: Graeme Dott lost a dramatic second round match

Scot of bother: Graeme Dott lost a dramatic second round match

Dott battled back superbly from 6-2
down to draw level at 8-8 going into the concluding session on Friday
night. The two remained level at 10-10, before Murphy crucially won a
frame that lasted nearly an hour on a re-spotted black.

He then won the next to move 12-10 in
front, and even though 2006 champion Dott stayed alive by winning the
23rd frame, Murphy kept his nerve to book his place in the last eight.

Dott said afterwards: 'It was a good game to be involved in. I played well this morning but yesterday I kept missing unbelievable balls. You don't win many matches where you lose the first session 6-2. I think Shaun played well tonight and was stronger than me, and he deserved to win.'

Murphy said: 'Finishes like that are great fun. That's the whole point of being a snooker player, those moments there. I've lost my fair share of late-night Crucible matches and it's nice to come through one of them.'

Elsewhere on Friday night, world No 1 Mark Selby edged 9-7 ahead against Barry Hawkins.

Earlier in the day, 2011 runner-up Judd Trump fired in breaks of 109, 127 and 112 in building a 6-2 lead against Marco Fu.

Barnsley 1 Blackburn 3 – match report: Keith Hill sacked

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

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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).

Click here for the latest Championship table, fixtures and results

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.

Roy Hodgson tells tube passengers Rio Ferdinand won"t play again – PICTURES

Rio's England career is at end of the line… the astonishing tube announcement Hodgson delivered to fellow passengers on way to Arsenal match

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08:55 GMT, 4 October 2012

Roy Hodgson is facing major embarrassment over claims he announced the end of Rio Ferdinand’s international career to passengers on a London tube train.

The England manager is due to discuss his squad at a press conference at Wembley on Thursday morning and Ferdinand, 33, is not expected to be among those selected for this month’s World Cup double header against San Marino and Poland.

But telling members of the public on a Jubilee Line train on Wednesday night – Hodgson was travelling to Arsenal for their Champions League game – that Ferdinand had reached ‘the end of the road’, as the reports claim, will be seen as shoddy treatment of a former England captain.

All smiles: Roy Hodgson poses for his picture on the Tube

Up for a chat: Hodgson speaks to fans on the tube

Up for a chat: Roy Hodgson posed for pictures on the tube to Arsenal and took time to speak to fans on the journey north from Bond Street

Hodgson is reported as saying, when asked whether Ferdinand would be in the squad: ‘I very much doubt it. He hasn’t played for England for quite a while. I have to say it is over for him and England.

‘It has got to be the end of the road. He is pushing 34 and hasn’t played for England for a long, long time.’

Ferdinand, capped 81 times, had not given up on an England recall, and his hopes were raised after John Terry’s decision to quit international football.

But Hodgson appeared to put an end to that with Wednesday’s indiscreet confession.

Bit safer here: Hodgon sat with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in the stands for the Olympiacos match

Bit safer here: Hodgon sat with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in the stands for the Olympiacos match

Time for a chat: Wenger and Hodgson exchange information at the Emirates

The manager, meanwhile, has assured West Ham he will take no risks with Andy Carroll when he names him in his squad on Thursday.

Hodgson has no plans to start the most expensive English footballer in history against either San Marino or Poland. He is a huge admirer of the 23-year-old but also acknowledges that he has played less than 20 minutes of football since returning from a hamstring injury.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce had said he would speak to Hodgson to voice his concerns and it seems has been heeded. Earlier this week Allardyce said: ‘I would speak to Roy and just give him the full rundown on Andy’s lack of match fitness.

‘He’s only come back from the Euros and his holidays and played twice for Liverpool. He’s played 68 minutes for us then played 20 minutes on his return from injury. So he’s woefully short of match practice, which is a delicate thing for a manager to have to deal with.

‘I’m sure Roy would deal with that in
the right way. He’s certainly not ready for 90 minutes but it would give
him some match practice so long as it’s done sensibly.’

Hodgson could spring one or two surprises in his squad. It is understood he has been giving consideration to West Ham midfielder Mark Noble, who has been outstanding this season — so much so that England coach Gary Neville made him his man of the match for Sky on Monday night when West Ham beat QPR.

His choice of centre halves could also be interesting. With Terry having retired and Ferdinand apparently not an option, the search for a fourth central defender to join Joleon Lescott, Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka looks like a difficult one.

With Phil Jones and Chris Smalling injured, Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross and Tottenham’s Michael Dawson are thought to be in contention.

Roy Hodgson tells tube passengers Rio Ferdinand won"t play again

Rio's England career is at end of the line… the astonishing tube announcement Hodgson delivered to fellow passengers on way to Arsenal match

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UPDATED:

07:04 GMT, 4 October 2012

Roy Hodgson is facing major embarrassment over claims he announced the end of Rio Ferdinand’s international career to passengers on a London tube train.

The England manager is due to discuss his squad at a press conference at Wembley on Thursday morning and Ferdinand, 33, is not expected to be among those selected for this month’s World Cup double header against San Marino and Poland.

But telling members of the public on a Jubilee Line train on Wednesday night – Hodgson was travelling to Arsenal for their Champions League game – that Ferdinand had reached ‘the end of the road’, as the reports claim, will be seen as shoddy treatment of a former England captain.

Embarrassing moment: Roy Hodgson (at Arsenal to watch the Champions League on Wednesday night) is reported to have told tube passengers that Rio Ferdinand's England career was over

Embarrassing moment: Roy Hodgson (at Arsenal to watch the Champions League on Wednesday night) is reported to have told tube passengers that Rio Ferdinand's England career was over

Hodgson is reported as saying, when asked whether Ferdinand would be in the squad: ‘I very much doubt it. He hasn’t played for England for quite a while. I have to say it is over for him and England.

‘It has got to be the end of the road. He is pushing 34 and hasn’t played for England for a long, long time.’

Ferdinand, capped 81 times, had not given up on an England recall, and his hopes were raised after John Terry’s decision to quit international football.

End of the road Ferdinand international career looks to be over

End of the road Ferdinand international career looks to be over

But Hodgson appeared to put an end to that with Wednesday’s indiscreet confession.

The manager, meanwhile, has assured West Ham he will take no risks with Andy Carroll when he names him in his squad on Thursday.

Hodgson has no plans to start the most expensive English footballer in history against either San Marino or Poland. He is a huge admirer of the 23-year-old but also acknowledges that he has played less than 20 minutes of football since returning from a hamstring injury.

Making his Mark: Noble could be included in Hodgson's sqaud with Carroll

Making his Mark: Noble could be included in Hodgson's sqaud with Carroll

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce had said he would speak to Hodgson to voice his concerns and it seems has been heeded. Earlier this week Allardyce said: ‘I would speak to Roy and just give him the full rundown on Andy’s lack of match fitness.

‘He’s only come back from the Euros and his holidays and played twice for Liverpool. He’s played 68 minutes for us then played 20 minutes on his return from injury. So he’s woefully short of match practice, which is a delicate thing for a manager to have to deal with.

Out of the running: Terry won't be available to Hodgson after retiring

Out of the running: Terry won't be available to Hodgson after retiring

‘I’m sure Roy would deal with that in
the right way. He’s certainly not ready for 90 minutes but it would give
him some match practice so long as it’s done sensibly.’

Hodgson could spring one or two surprises in his squad. It is understood he has been giving consideration to West Ham midfielder Mark Noble, who has been outstanding this season — so much so that England coach Gary Neville made him his man of the match for Sky on Monday night when West Ham beat QPR.

Appeal: Hodgson could turn his attentions to Spurs centre-half Dawson

Appeal: Hodgson could turn his attentions to Spurs centre-half Dawson

His choice of centre halves could also be interesting. With Terry having retired and Ferdinand apparently not an option, the search for a fourth central defender to join Joleon Lescott, Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka looks like a difficult one.

With Phil Jones and Chris Smalling injured, Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross and Tottenham’s Michael Dawson are thought to be in contention.

Lewis Hamilton has his sights on Fernando Alonso as Sergio Perez eyes McLaren spot

Lewis has his sights on Alonso as ambitious Perez eyes Hamilton's seat at McLaren

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UPDATED:

20:49 GMT, 20 September 2012

Lewis Hamilton and Sergio
Perez have launched charm
offensives ahead of the Singapore
Grand Prix with the future of both
drivers still in doubt.

Hamilton, who is considering a
move to Mercedes next year,
refused to talk about his contract
but did discuss McLaren's
strengths.

Silent treatment: Hamilton refused to discuss his future at McLaren on Thursday

Silent treatment: Hamilton refused to discuss his future at McLaren on Thursday

Silent treatment: Hamilton refused to discuss his future at McLaren on Thursday

'We have always been
able to turn things around even if
we start badly,' said Hamilton,
who still hopes to catch Ferrari's
Fernando Alonso, the
championship leader.

'You have to have confidence the team have done a good job, which I have always had. We are in a good place and the car is feeling great.'

Meanwhile Perez, having been told by Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo he will not replace Felipe Massa, tried to ensure his name remains near the top of McLaren's shortlist of potential Hamilton replacements.

'I feel ready to be in a top team, to fight for the title,' said Sauber's Mexican star, who has had three podium finishes this season.

Worcester 16 Gloucester 16

Worcester 16 Gloucester 16: Burns rides to rescue to deny hosts first win of season

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UPDATED:

15:01 GMT, 15 September 2012

Substitute Freddie Burns denied Worcester their first win of the Aviva Premiership season with a dramatic penalty strike six minutes into injury time at Sixways.

Andy Goode looked to have secured victory for the Warriors just two minutes earlier after Gloucester skipper Jim Hamilton recklessly pushed Worcester lock James Percival at a lineout.

But Worcester could not hold on, and Burns struck with the final kick of an otherwise dire contest to secure a draw.

Charging through: Gloucester's Jonny May is tackled by Worcester Warriors' Chris Pennell and Shaun Perry

Charging through: Gloucester's Jonny May is tackled by Worcester Warriors' Chris Pennell and Shaun Perry

Gloucester centre Henry Trinder and Worcester replacement prop James Currie scored second-half tries, while Goode slotted two penalties and his team-mate Joe Carlisle a penalty and conversion.

Burns, who went on in the second period, slotted a penalty and conversion from his two kicks at goal and there was a penalty double from Billy Twelvetrees, but neither side covered themselves in glory.

Conditions were ideal for a free-flowing spectacle, yet both teams' repeated failure to master basic handling skills helped render the game largely a non-event.

Scotland wing Nikki Walker made his Worcester debut after moving to Sixways from the Ospreys earlier this year, while there were first Gloucester starts for wing Shane Monahan – who replaced an injured

Charlie Sharples – and Australian hooker Huia Edmonds.

Step aside: Worcester's James Percival evades a tackle from Gloucester's Nick Wood

Step aside: Worcester's James Percival evades a tackle from Gloucester's Nick Wood

Twelvetrees found his range inside the opening two minutes, landing a 50-metre penalty that served notice to the Warriors he meant business.

Goode slotted an equalising strike 10 minutes later, although only after he required lengthy treatment following a crunching tackle by Gloucester scrum-half Dan Robson.

Despite a perfect playing surface, both sides struggled to string together meaningful attacking phases and Gloucester regained the lead through another Twelvetrees penalty.

Goode, who stayed on in an attempt to run off his knock, missed two penalties but Worcester should have scored from their first notable attack.

Former England forward Chris Jones shrugged off a couple of weak Gloucester challenges to power towards the line, yet visiting full-back Jonny May executed a stunning tackle that ensured Gloucester retained their lead.

The Warriors attempted to free Samoan wing speedster David Lemi at every opportunity, and although Gloucester marshalled him well, Worcester looked a more threatening attacking unit.

Taken down: Worcester Warriors' Andy Goode is tackled by Gloucester's Dan Robson

Taken down: Worcester Warriors' Andy Goode is tackled by Gloucester's Dan Robson

But Goode did not help his team's cause when he was sin-binned after taking out Trinder off the ball, and the visitors piled on pressure as half-time approached.

Wing James Simpson-Daniel was guilty of a woeful blunder when he failed to gather possession with Worcester's line at his mercy, yet 14-man Worcester somehow held out under intense pressure, trooping off just three points adrift.

Carlisle took over kicking duties while Goode served his 10-minute spell on the sidelines, and an angled penalty success made it 6-6 in a game that badly needed some inspiration.

Gloucester boss Nigel Davies made his first substitutions just 13 minutes into the second period, one of which included Burns replacing Mike Tindall and Twelvetrees reverting to his more familiar inside centre position.

Burns, who scored 39 points in Gloucester's opening two league games against Northampton and London Irish, looked to make an immediate impression on the contest.

Eyes on the ball: Joe Carlisle and Sam Betty of Worcester Warriors tangle with Ben Morgan

Eyes on the ball: Joe Carlisle and Sam Betty of Worcester Warriors tangle with Ben Morgan

He mixed his kicking game well but errors abounded around him until Gloucester struck with the game's first try 14 minutes from time.
Monahan made it possible through a powerful touchline burst and, as Worcester defenders desperately scrambled back, the ex-Rotherham player's well-timed pass sent Trinder sprinting over.

Burns converted but Worcester stirred to set up a gripping finale the game hardly deserved when Currie ploughed over for a try that Carlisle improved.

Gloucester found themselves stretched defensively for the first time and Worcester entered the final five minutes pushing hard to turn territorial dominance into points.

The victory they coveted looked to have arrived deep into injury time when Goode kept his nerve under intense pressure, but then Warriors' front-row infringed and Burns made it 16-16 with the game's final kick.

Eden Hazard will improve, says Roberto Di Matteo

Hazard hasn't even started yet! Di Matteo tips new recruit to improve with Chelsea

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UPDATED:

14:51 GMT, 21 August 2012

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Roberto Di Matteo has backed Eden Hazard to get even better for Chelsea following the 32million man's stunning Barclays Premier League debut.

Hazard made a dream start to life in England's top flight during Sunday's opening 2-0 win at Wigan, claiming two assists inside the opening seven minutes at the DW Stadium.

And Blues fans only have to wait until Wednesday to see the 21-year-old's home debut when Reading visit Stamford Bridge.

Winning start: Roberto Di Matteo was pleased with the performances of Eden Hazard and Oscar

Winning start: Roberto Di Matteo was pleased with the performances of Eden Hazard and Oscar

Reflecting on Hazard's performance on Sunday, manager Di Matteo said: 'He left his mark on the game. In pre-season, he showed that kind of quality in training.

'Now, in the Premier League, hopefully there's more to come from him.'

That could depend on how Hazard deals with the kind of rough treatment dished out to him by Wigan on Sunday, something he shrugged off afterwards.

Di Matteo was also unconcerned that his new playmaker could find himself a marked man.

He said: 'He was certainly targeted, but I don't think there was any malicious intent by the Wigan players. It's just difficult to mark players like that.'

It is just as well Hazard looks like settling in so quickly, with Oscar having only arrived at Chelsea last week and fellow new boy Marko Marin sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Di Matteo revealed that Marin may have to wait almost another month to make his debut.

'It won't be long for Marin, but it might not be before the international break,' he said.

Good on the ball: Eden Hazard impressed on Sunday

Good on the ball: Eden Hazard impressed on Sunday

He added of Oscar: 'We're slowly looking to integrate him, like we did with the other new signings. He's not been long with us, so we need to give him the right time to get him used to his new team members and the team, and our tactics, and slowly put him into the team.'

That could mean minimal changes to the side against Reading.

Di Matteo said: 'Sometimes, you look at it and think, “Don't change a winning team”, but it doesn't always work this way.

'We'll see. I haven't made our final decision yet. I have to think about it.'

Two players who may be anticipating that decision more than most are
Florent Malouda and Yossi Benayoun, neither of whom have been in Di
Matteo's matchday squads this season.

Malouda
was a target this summer for Brazilian side Santos – who claimed they
were put off by his wage demands – while Benayoun spent last season on
loan at Arsenal.

Asked
about the prospect of either being allowed to leave permanently or on
loan, Di Matteo would only say: 'We'll have to see until the transfer
window closes. At the moment, they're with us and part of it.'

Di Matteo also insisted there was no news when quizzed about
suggestions Marseille right-back Cesar Azpilicueta was poised to
complete his protracted move from Marseille.

The
Italian added there would be no new arrivals before Wednesday's
fixture, which was brought forward from the first weekend of September
due to Chelsea's involvement in the UEFA Super Cup a week on Friday.

The
scheduling gives the European champions a chance to steal a march on
their Premier League title rivals and they will go top of the table
providing they do not suffer a shock defeat.

'It's
probably better to play this game before rather than being a game
behind,' said Di Matteo, who refused to read too much into the
opening-game defeats of other big teams.

Forward thinking: Fernando Torres is put through his paces ahead of Chelsea's clash with Reading

Forward thinking: Fernando Torres is put through his paces ahead of Chelsea's clash with Reading

'The first game in the league often has crazy results. They even themselves up a bit as the season goes along.'

But he added: 'It's always crucial to get off to a good start. It gives
you a bit of confidence and makes you believe you can have a good
season.'

Chelsea will be
expected to brush aside npower Championship winners Reading but Di
Matteo knows enough about them from his time at West Bromwich not to
take them lightly.

'I always found it very hard to play against Brian McDermott's team,' he said.

Fabrice Muamba to have minor operation

Muamba career still in the balance with Bolton star to have fresh operation

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06:05 GMT, 9 August 2012

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Fabrice Muamba has been told he needs more heart surgery if he is to have any hope of resurrecting his playing career.

The Bolton midfielder is in Belgium for specialist treatment, five months after he 'died' for 78 minutes on the pitch at White Hart Lane during an FA Cup match.

The 24-year-old visited leading cardiologist Pedro Brugada in the hope of being told he will one day play football again.

Hoping for more: Fabrice Muamba is desperate to resume his playing career

Hoping for more: Fabrice Muamba is desperate to resume his playing career

While there has been no definitive answer, according to the Mirror newspaper, Muamba is expected to have 'a minor but necessary procedure' on Thursday.

Ahead of the operation, the former England Under 21 international's girlfriend Shauna took to Twitter.

She said: 'Thank you guys for the support if it is Gods will @fmuamba will play again even better and stronger than before. Faith can move mountains.'

She later added: 'For all your kind words thank you so much @fmuamba and I really appreciate it. Promise to update at the end of the week xx.'

Recovery: Muamba 'died' for 78 minutes during an FA Cup match at Spurs

Recovery: Muamba 'died' for 78 minutes during an FA Cup match at Spurs

Speaking in an interview with Piers Morgan on American news channel CNN, Muamba recently revealed he had enjoyed a 'kickabout' with players including Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson and Sunderland's Kieran Richardson during a recent visit to Dubai.

He said: 'I was on holiday and I was staying in a hotel and there were quite a few footballers in the hotel as well. The staff of the hotel usually play against the visitor so I was by the pool and I heard they were playing football.

'Then I went across and saw other footballers playing and I told my friends and Shauna – I told her “I am sorry but I am going to play football”. She goes “are you sure” and I say “yes” and I just went in there.'

Ravel Morrison has seven teeth removed in emergency surgery

Tooth scary! Dental emergency sees departing Hammer Morrison have SEVEN teeth removed

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UPDATED:

06:47 GMT, 7 August 2012

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Ravel Morrison’s career has taken another twist after it emerged he was sent home from West Ham’s pre-season tour to have seven teeth removed.

Morrison, who joined Championship side Birmingham on loan yesterday, shocked Hammers staff when he complained of toothache in Germany last week.

Club officials were initially preparing to fine the former Manchester United midfielder for failing to turn up for training when they made the gruesome discovery.

He was flown back to England for
emergency treatment and told his teeth are in such poor condition that
up to seven will have to be extracted.

New boy: Ravel Morrison has joined Birmingham on a season-long loan

New boy: Ravel Morrison has joined Birmingham on a season-long loan

Morrison, who has failed to make an
impact at Upton Park since he moved from United last season, has been
advised to have dental implants, costing around 28,000.

He will initially wear temporary moulds while the implants are being made.

Morrison leads a chaotic lifestyle
and surprised Hammers staff on their pre- season tour with his
increasingly bizarre behaviour.

The midfielder refused to drink anything other than official ‘West Ham bottled water’ during their short stay in Germany.

Morrison, who made his senior United
debut in the Carling Cup against Wolves in 2010, has struggled to
convince West Ham boss Sam Allardyce he is ready for regular first-team
action.

Although there is no doubt he has the ability to be a top player, he lacks maturity.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark will
take the 19-year-old on loan this week, but it represents another huge
gamble for the cash-strapped Championship side.

Classic setback for Queen"s Estimate

Classic setback for Queen's filly after third-place finish in Lillie Langtry Stakes

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23:04 GMT, 2 August 2012

The chances of having a royal runner in the final Classic of the season appear to be over after the Queen’s Estimate could only finish third in the Lillie Langtry Stakes.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly had been quoted at 16-1 for next month’s St Leger by sponsors Ladbrokes after giving her owner a Diamond Jubilee Royal Ascot winner in the two-mile Queen’s Vase.

The Queen won the Silver Jubilee St Leger in 1977 with Dunfermline, but Estimate’s hopes look forlorn after her two-and-three-quarter length defeat by Wild Coco, who provided Sir Henry Cecil and Tom Queally with their fourth winner of the week.

Royal assent: The Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly had been quoted at 16-1

Royal assent: The Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly had been quoted at 16-1

Stoute said: 'She has run well and staying is her game. I’ll have to talk to connections but I’d think the St Leger is unlikely.’

Wild Coco could step up to the Group One Yorkshire Oaks later this month and thus accompany stablemate Frankel in Cecil’s team for the Ebor meeting.

Cecil, whose chemotherapy treatment has prevented him from attending this meeting, reported Frankel in good shape after his Sussex Stakes win on Wednesday.

But the trainer was lukewarm on suggestions that a tilt at the Prix du Moulin could be inserted in the colt’s programme between runs in the Juddmonte International at York and the Champion Stakes at Ascot in October.

Cecil said: ‘Whether he contests the Prix du Moulin is questionable.’
Cecil, who runs Midsummer Sun and Stipulate today plus Timepiece in the Group One Nassau Stakes, is battling Mark Johnston for the title of top trainer at the meeting after Johnston, who has claimed that crown seven times, landed his fourth race of the week with Heavy Metal in the Richmond Stakes.

Meanwhile, Irish trainer John Oxx chose the 200th Goodwood Cup to register his first Glorious Goodwood winner courtesy of the 2-1 favourite Saddler’s Rock.

The Johnny Murtagh-ridden winner, who held off fast-finishing Askar Tau by a length, had blown his chance by pulling too hard when third in the Ascot Gold Cup won by Thursday’s third Colour Vision.

Oxx said: ‘Not just one thing went wrong at Ascot, three or four things went wrong. If it had been one thing we might still have won.’

Saddler’s Rock is also York-bound with the Lonsdale Stakes his target.