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Nadal plans to make return on South American soil at the VTR Open in Chile

Nadal's comeback is hotting up as he plans a return in Chile

By
Liv Lee

PUBLISHED:

16:44 GMT, 17 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:45 GMT, 17 January 2013

Rafael Nadal will return next month at the VTR Open in Chile.

The competition starts on February 4 and will be the first tournament the world No 4 has competed in since Wimbledon, where he was knocked out in the second round by the relative unknown Lukas Rosol.

Since then Nadal has been recovering from a knee injury.

On the way back: Nadal made it to the final in last year's Australian Open, but has been out injured since last June

On the way back: Nadal made it to the final in last year's Australian Open, but has been out injured since last June

He was supposed to return to action
earlier this month but was sidelined by a stomach virus and forced to
wait another few weeks.

It will be the first time Nadal has
played on South American soil since 2005 and no doubt the 11-time Grand
Slam winner is itching to get back on the court, having posted numerous
updates and photos of his recovery on his Facebook page.

Brendan Rodgers to miss Liverpool clash with QPR due to illness

Liverpool boss Rodgers to miss QPR clash due to illness

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UPDATED:

13:22 GMT, 30 December 2012

Brendan Rodgers will not be on the touchline for Liverpool's match at QPR after being sent home from London with an illness.

Rodgers has picked up a likely virus, and the club's doctor has advised that he shouldn't be in close proximity with the players.

Absent: Rodgers will miss the match at QPR due to illness

Absent: Rodgers will miss the match at QPR due to illness

Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh will deputise for the manager for the crucial match in London, Liverpool's final game of 2012.

Goalkeeper Brad Jones and Liverpool's head of performance Glen Driscoll have also been sent home.

Sent home: Goalkeeper Brad Jones won't be at the match in London

Sent home: Goalkeeper Brad Jones won't be at the match in London

Club doctor Zaf Iqbal said: 'It was impossible for Brendan, Glen and Brad to attend the game. They are not fit to be at the match and any contact with the rest if the squad could cause the bug to spread to more of the playing staff.'

The Reds will be anxious to bounce back after their defeat at Stoke on Boxing Day.

Per Mertesacker boost for Arsenal as defender ready to face West Ham

Mertesacker boost for Arsenal as defender ready to face West Ham

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 4 October 2012

Arsenal are confident Per Mertesacker
will be fit for Saturday's league match at West Ham after he became the
latest player to be struck down by an outbreak of flu.

Mertesacker missed Wednesday's
Champions League win over Olympiacos because of the virus, joining Theo
Walcott, Francis Coquelin and Thomas Vermaelen on the list of Gunners
players who have been hit by the illness in recent weeks.

Boost: Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker

Boost: Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker

However, the news that Arsenal expect the centre back to recover by the weekend will come as a welcome boost to Arsene Wenger, who has also given full back Bacary Sagna the green light to make his long-awaited comeback from a broken leg in Monday night's Under 21 match against Reading.

There was less favourable news for the Arsenal manager on Thursday after he was on the receiving end of an attack from France boss Didier Deschamps for blaming Les Bleus for Abou Diaby's latest injury setback.

Wenger criticised the decision to select Diaby for last month's fixtures against Finland and Belarus, but Deschamps said: 'I want to remind him (Wenger) that I am the only one to decide who will be picked and how long those who are picked will play.'

Marouane Chamakh virus: Arsenal striker misses Morocco match

Arsenal misfit Chamakh misses Morocco clash after being struck by mystery virus

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UPDATED:

12:33 GMT, 7 September 2012

Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh was unable to link up with Morocco for their African Nations Cup qualifier in Mozambique because of a virus.

The 28-year-old had been recalled to his national team for the first time since being dropped during the 2012 African Nations Cup finals in Gabon.

Chamakh did not travel because of illness, however it is understood reports the player had contracted malaria are inaccurate.

Laid low: A virus has forced Marouane Chamakh to miss Morocco's forthcoming Africa Nations Cup qualifier

Laid low: A virus has forced Marouane Chamakh to miss Morocco's forthcoming Africa Nations Cup qualifier

Despite the sale of captain Robin van Persie, Chamakh – who joined Arsenal from Bordeaux in May 2010 – has yet to feature for the first team this season.

Meanwhile, midfielder Chuks Aneke, 19, has joined npower League One side Crewe Alexandra on a one-month loan deal.

John Guidetti"s move to Sunderland threatened by virus

Virus could end Guidetti's hopes of loan move to Sunderland

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UPDATED:

21:08 GMT, 9 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

John Guidetti's proposed loan to Sunderland is in doubt as the Manchester City striker is still struggling to shake off a virus that cost him his place with Sweden at the European Championships.

The 20-year-old has been out since April. Blackburn were also keen. Juventus are hopeful of signing City's Aleksander Kolarov for 6m.

Manchester United are monitoring Malaga utility player Eliseu, 28.

Under threat: John Guidetti could see his loan move to Sunderland fall through

Under threat: John Guidetti could see his loan move to Sunderland fall through

Robert Huth has suspected meningitis, Stoke report

Huth in hospital with Stoke reporting defender has suspected meningitis

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UPDATED:

23:23 GMT, 7 August 2012

Stoke defender Robert Huth has suspected meningitis, the club have announced.

The 27-year-old German was sent to hospital after reporting for training suffering from a mystery virus on Monday.

The club posted on their official Twitter account: 'The club can confirm that Robert Huth has suspected meningitis and that they are awaiting the outcome of further tests.'

Suspected meningitis: Robert Huth (right)

Suspected meningitis: Robert Huth (right)

Euro 2012: Ukraine players make over 10m if they win

Ukraine players told they will make over 10m in bonuses if they win Euros

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UPDATED:

21:03 GMT, 6 June 2012

Ukraine players could earn 13 million euros (about 10.57m) in bonuses if they win Euro 2012. They will receive 500,000 euros for each group victory, with 250,000 for a draw.

Making the last eight will earn 2m euros, as will reaching the semi-finals, and the final carries 3m euros with another 4.5m for a win.

That will be a nice incentive for the side who recently lost 2-0 to Turkey in a warm-up friendly.

Bonus: Ukraine will need a boost after their loss to Turkey

Bonus: Ukraine will need a boost after their loss to Turkey

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With his side ravaged by a stomach virus, Oleg Blokhin's team fell behind after Caner Erkin's low shot beat goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov after 30 minutes.

Striker Mustafa Pektemek doubled the score in the 70th minute from a quick counter-attack after the Ukraine offside trap failed.

The defeat came four days after Ukraine's 3-2 loss to Austria in another friendly. In both matches, Ukraine looked vulnerable in defence and powerless in attack.

Perhaps not even the prospect of riches will be enough of a boost to spur them to victory.

World Match Play Championship: Brandt Snedeker beats Thomas Bjorn after starting with 10 clubs

No clubs No problem! Snedeker wins Matchplay opener with Bjorn despite starting with 10 in the bag

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16:45 GMT, 17 May 2012

In a history going back to 1964 the World Match Play Championship has never seen anything quite like Brandt Snedeker's victory over Thomas Bjorn in Spain.

The 31-year-old American began his opening group game with just 10 clubs in his bag and yet won the first three holes before more arrived.

Snedeker was forced to seek replacements when his usual set went missing en route from Florida on Monday. They eventually showed up at Malaga Airport this morning, then were driven to Finca Cortesin an hour away and taken to him on the fourth tee.

Swing when you're winning: Snedeker had to start his round with clubs missing

Swing when you're winning: Snedeker had to start his round with clubs missing

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Under the rules he was allowed only to add four to those he had started with, but was so happy with the driver he had borrowed from Australian John Senden and the putter he had chosen in the pro shop that he continued with them.

'The driver worked really well, so I think it’s mine now and no longer his,' said the three-time PGA Tour winner, who hopes to use this week to impress American Ryder Cup captain Davis Love.

'It was kind of a weird day to say the least. I didn’t like my chances at all actually – I knew Thomas was a world-class player and it was pretty windy, so I knew it favoured him.'

Put it there: Bjorn (left) congratulates Snedeker on his successful round

Put it there: Bjorn (left) congratulates Snedeker on his successful round

Bjorn, though, has been suffering from a virus lately – he pulled out of the last two events in America – and he could never recover from bogeying the opening three holes, falling five down after six and losing 5&4.

It was not the biggest defeat of the day, however. Robert Rock crashed 7&6 to fellow Englishman Justin Rose, who birdied the first five holes, winning four of them, and later added two more.

Rock is the player, of course, who in January went head-to-head with Tiger Woods and beat not just him, but also world top three Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood in Abu Dhabi.

Life's a beach: Snedeker performed admirably under the circumstances

Life's a beach: Snedeker performed admirably under the circumstances

The week is not yet over for Bjorn, Rock and the other five who lost on the opening day – Swedes Peter Hanson and Robert Karlsson, Senden, Alvaro Quiros and top seed Martin Kaymer, under the revised format since Volvo took over sponsorship of the famous event.

They could yet make it through to the last 16 if they win their second games. Ian Poulter won the title last year after failing to win either of his group matches – he halved them both.

Second seed Rose said: 'The game was good – I adjusted to the speed of the greens quickly and Robert didn't.'

Full compliment: After a dash from the airport, Snedeker finally had all his clubs

All present: After a dash from the airport, Snedeker had all his clubs

His only hiccup came when he missed from three feet on the ninth after his opponent had holed from eight.'I had to remind myself to keep in it and play solid golf,' he added.

To guarantee himself a place in the knock-out stages Rose now needs only a half against Open champion Darren Clarke, the lowest-ranked player in the group after his slide to 70th in the world.

The same applies to Poulter against Tom Lewis, the 21-year-old who led the Open as an amateur last July and then won the Portugal Masters on only his third professional start.

Both are from Hertfordshire and Poulter was recently shown a picture of a 10-year-old Lewis caddying for him at Welwyn Garden.

'I think he's a great player. Also very shy, very quiet – that to me is probably the bit that he needs to try and change in a way,' said the extrovert Poulter after his 3&2 win over Senden.

Carling Cup semi-final preview: Crystal Palace hit by virus

Virus hits Palace's Carling Cup preparations as boss Freedman waits on naming his team

Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman has been forced to delay the selection of his team to face Cardiff on Tuesday due to a virus.

Nathaniel Clyne, Paddy McCarthy, Anthony Gardner, Julian Speroni, Mile Jedinak and Sean Scannell have all been struck down.

You lot, over there: Dougie Freedman has seen has squad ravaged by a contagious bug

You lot, over there: Dougie Freedman has seen has squad ravaged by a contagious bug

And due to the contagious nature of the bug, Freedman is this morning sweating on further casualties ahead of the Carling Cup semi-final first leg at Selhurst Park.

‘We’ve done everything we can to stop it but it has spread even over the weekend,’ he said. ‘There are six or seven that had the effects of this virus. Some had it, some trying to get rid of it, some just coming on.

‘I don’t know about my team until 5pm tomorrow. My worry is if it catches any more. I’m dreading the phone call tomorrow morning saying somebody new has got it.’