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Arsenal deny Jack Wilshere will miss a further six weeks through injury

Arsenal play down Wilshere injury fears and confirm England star will be fit for Champions League run-in

By
Frank Foster

PUBLISHED:

16:41 GMT, 18 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:28 GMT, 18 March 2013

Arsenal have confirmed Jack Wilshere is expected to return from an ankle in injury for their clash with Reading at the end of the month.

The England midfielder has not played since Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to Tottenham and has already been ruled out of his country's crucial World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.

It was claimed by some outlets that Wilshere could be missing for a further six weeks and that manager Arsene Wenger had ruled out the possibility of using him again this season.

Road to recovery: Arsenal expect Jack Wilshere to be fit to face Reading on March 30

Road to recovery: Arsenal expect Jack Wilshere to be fit to face Reading on March 30

Precaution: Arsene Wenger has claimed that Wilshere's latest injury does not require surgery

Precaution: Arsene Wenger has claimed that Wilshere's latest injury does not require surgery

The club was quick to deny any such setback for the 21-year-old as he continues his rehabilitation in London.

'Nothing has changed in Jack's recovery, there’s no setback or further damage to his ankle and no concern about any long-term problems,' said an Arsenal spokesperson.

'Jack was told to rest and we are still on course for him to resume training and be available for selection for the home game against Reading.'

Blow: Wilshere has emerged as one of England's most consistent performers but will miss the qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro

Blow: Wilshere has emerged as one of England's most consistent performers but will miss the qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro

Arsenal's run-in:
Reading (H) – March 30West Brom (A) – April 6 Norwich (H) – April 13Everton (H) – April 16Fulham (A) -April 20Man United (H) – April 28QPR (A) – May 4Wigan (H) – May 12Newcastle (A) – May 19

The news will come as a relief for Gunners fans who are well acquainted with the fitness issues that have plagued Wilshere for the past two years.

What should have been a routine operation on his right ankle in 2011 forced him to miss 17 months of action after suffering various setbacks on his road to recovery.

Arsenal's win at Swansea on Saturday has thrown Wenger's side back into the mix of teams challenging for fourth place and entry into the Champions League next season.

The Gunners currently lie four points behind North London rivals Spurs with a game in hand.

If Wilshere progresses as Arsenal expect then he will be available for the run-in as Arsenal look to salvage their season following another campaign without a trophy.

Fears continue over Salford"s future after club cancel friendly with Leigh

Fears continue over Salford's future after club cancel winter friendly with Leigh

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UPDATED:

16:29 GMT, 21 December 2012

Salford have called off their festive friendly against Leigh amid continuing uncertainty over the club's future.

The City Reds, who are due in court on January 7 to face a winding-up petition, say they are unable to raise a team for the friendly, which was due to take place at the Leigh Sports Village on Sunday, December 30.

Reds coach Phil Veivers, who has been able to make just one new signing so far for Super League XVIII, said: 'It's unfortunate but we had to make the right call.

Game over: The clash at the Leigh Sports Village Stadium has been called off

Game over: The clash at the Leigh Sports Village Stadium has been called off

'We have a few too many knocks and niggles this week and, as everybody knows we are a bit light on personnel at the moment anyway with the current situation.

'We felt it was better to give the boys an extended break over Christmas and prepare ourselves fully for the Swinton game on January 6.'

Salford's bank account remains frozen and recruitment hinges on new investment in the club taking place.

The club, who are faced with a tax bill in the region of 50,000, need to find around 600,000 in the next six weeks to pay off their debts.

Henning Berg storms out of Christmas party over Michael Jackson wig

I didn't want to do it, admits Berg after storming out of Blackburn's Christmas party because he was asked to wear a stocking on his head and a Michael Jackson wig

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UPDATED:

11:49 GMT, 19 December 2012

Furious Blackburn manager Henning Berg stormed out of the club’s Christmas party after he was made to wear a stocking on his head and dance on stage.

The humiliating incident on Monday night is bound to cast more doubt over Berg’s future at Ewood Park just seven weeks after he returned as manager.

Blackburn have recorded only one win from nine games under Berg, leading to speculation he could be sacked by Indian owners Venky’s if results do not improve dramatically.

Struggles: Blackburn have dropped to 15th since Henning Berg took over

Struggles: Blackburn have dropped to 15th since Henning Berg took over

Struggles: Blackburn have dropped to 15th since Henning Berg took over

It was hoped the party for the players and more than 200 staff in a suite at Ewood would lift morale but it backfired spectacularly.

When the DJ decided to play some games, one of the club’s executives volunteered Berg to go up on stage.

The 43-year-old Norwegian reluctantly wore the Christmas stocking but grew visibly angry and uncomfortable when he was made to dance as well.

The final straw came when someone attempted to put a Michael Jackson wig on his head. Berg ripped off the stocking and left the stage.

He then made his excuses to guests at his table before making an early exit. Berg, who won the Premier League and League Cup in two spells at Blackburn, is understood to have become increasingly disillusioned with the job he has taken on.

In a statement, Berg said: 'On Monday evening, the club arranged its official Christmas Party for all employees and staff.

'We have many hard-working employees and this was an opportunity for them to relax and enjoy themselves after what has been a difficult year.

'After the dinner I was asked to go to the stage, which I was happy to do, believing I would be asked a few questions or maybe judge a competition.

Wacko over Jacko: The final straw for Berg came after someone attempted to put a Michael Jackson wig on his head

Wacko over Jacko: The final straw for Berg came after someone attempted to put a Michael Jackson wig on his head

'Instead I was asked to do things
which were not the right things for me to do as the manager, considering
our league position and form.

'I did not want to do it and went back
to my table. Later, I left the event at around 9.30pm, as planned, and
drove home. The players left straight after dinner and no alcohol was
consumed.'

On the day he was appointed, it was
revealed the ex-Manchester United defender would be sacked if he failed
to win promotion back to the Premier League this season.

However, after picking up just six points from nine games, Blackburn have slumped to 15th and face a battle to even make the play-offs.

No home comforts: Defeat to Cardiff at home left Ewood fans reeling

No home comforts: Defeat to Cardiff at home left Ewood fans reeling

Last week Berg was told to find an
entire new backroom team, although it has since emerged that his
assistant, Eric Black, first-team coach Iain Brunskill and goalkeeping
coach Bobby Mimms may be given a stay of execution due to problems
bringing in replacements.

There were suggestions of outside
interference when he dropped former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson at
Blackpool on Saturday, when his side suffered a fourth defeat in five
games.

Robinson is one of several players expected to leave in January, with Tottenham’s Brad Friedel lined up to replace him.

Venky’s invested heavily in the summer, making Blackburn the highest-paid team in the Championship, and sources say failure to return to the Premier League at the first attempt would be a financial catastrophe.

The question is how long they will give Berg to turn the club round, though he may quit first.

VIDEO: At least he didn't blame it on the boogie…

Hatem Ben Arfa out until new year

Ben Arfa out until the new year as Pardew gives Newcastle star time to recover from hamstring injury

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UPDATED:

13:02 GMT, 16 December 2012

Newcastle United midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa is out of the club's Christmas schedule.

The France international has not fully recovered from a hamstring injury, despite returning and scoring against Fulham last week, and he missed Saturday's defeat to Manchester City.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew revealed the club had decided to rest Ben Arfa for at least three weeks rather than risk losing him for longer with his fellow Frenchman Yohan Cabaye out until February at least.

Ruled out: Ben Arfa has a hamstring problem

Ruled out: Ben Arfa has a hamstring problem

Pardew said: 'There is a danger he could tear that and if he did that he would be out for two or three months whereas if we do it the right way and be sensible about it, it may only be three weeks. And obviously that is the route we are going to take.'

The Newcastle manager made a point of praising supporters who had more than played their part in their side's second half resurgence in an enthralling game, the best the ground has seen this season by some distance. He called for more patience with his stretched squad for next week's crucial home clash with Queen's Park Rangers.

Pardew's team have still not overturned a half-time deficit to a victory in the Premier League for six years but they certainly gave it a go after a wretched first-half. They were just fortunate, with City absolutely unplayable, the visitors did not hit double figures by the break.

Pardew added: 'When you have a mental hurdle like being 2-0 down to the champions, it is not easy to play under those conditions so a lot of credit to the players. I really find it difficult to say to them 'look you've only got three points for the last four games' but that's the truth.

Outclassed: Man City were outstanding at St James' Park on Saturday

Outclassed: Man City were outstanding at St James' Park on Saturday

'We have to keep believing in what we are doing. I know there is not much difference in terms of performance from last season but I do think we have gone through a period of conceding soft goals against us and that has been costly.

'You can change the mood very quickly at this ground, that's the beauty we have with the fans we've got and we did come out. The crowd got behind us we got a goal and suddenly the whole atmosphere changed.

'You didn't need to be a genius to work out that the fans would be patient with us today playing the champions but we need that same patience against QPR. The players are going to be edgy because of the position we are in.

'Having said that I still think we have very good players in this group still to come back. I sense that between now and the end of January is the period for us to make sure we keep out of that bottom area, keep roughly where we are or a little bit higher and we will be OK.

'The QPR game I don't know how you could put it on a scale. But if we play like we did today we will win.'

Imperial Commander injury rules Cheltenham 2010 Gold Cup winner out of Betfair Chase at Haydock

Imperial Commander's comeback bid in Betfair Chase derailed by fresh injury blow

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UPDATED:

14:38 GMT, 20 November 2012

The comeback of 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander has been derailed by a fresh injury.

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained gelding has sustained a small fracture in a splint bone in a hind leg.

It means Imperial Commander misses Saturday’s Betfair Chase at Haydock, which had been due to be his first run since the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup having been sidelined with a tendon injury.

Twiston-Davies is hoping that he can get Imperial Commander back on track early next year, but with the son of Flemensfirth turning 12-years-old on New Year’s day time is running out for the gelding.

Out of the running: 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander will miss the Betfair Chase at Haydock

Out of the running: 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander will miss the Betfair Chase at Haydock

Twiston-Davies said: ‘He's suffered a small fracture of a splint bone in a hind leg unfortunately. It's nothing dramatic but it means he won't be in full work for around six weeks.

‘We can still do swimming with him and things like that. It's disappointing but these things happen.

‘We'll see how we get on but the obvious race for him when he comes back is the race at Cheltenham in January (Argento Chase).’

Imperial Commander had been as short as 9-2 for Saturday’s race, a chase he won in 2010 having been beaten a nose by Kauto Star 12 months earlier.

The sponsors now make Nicky Henderson’s Long Run 11-8 favourite with the Paul Nicholls-trained Charlie Hall Chase winner Silviniaco Conti 9-4 and last season’ s Gold Cup runner-up The Giant Bolster a 7-1 chance.

Yohan Cabaye out with groin injury until January

Blow for Newcastle as star midfielder Cabaye is ruled out until January with groin injury

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UPDATED:

16:02 GMT, 19 November 2012

Crocked: Cabaye was injured while he was away with France

Crocked: Cabaye was injured while he was away with France

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew fears midfielder Yohan Cabaye could be sidelined until the new year.

The Frenchman sustained a groin injury on international duty and it appears the player may be out for longer than expected.

'Cabaye looks like he could be out four to six weeks,' the Magpies boss told the Evening Chronicle.

'Cabaye might possibly have to have a little surgery on that groin.

'It could be we run all the way to the end of January before I have my first team to pick from.'

Pardew is already missing Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling and Haris Vuckic to longer-term injuries.

The concern for him is even when Cabaye gets fully fit he will still not be able to select a first-choice midfield as Cheick Tiote is likely to be involved in African Nations Cup duty with Ivory Coast.

Key man: Cabaye has starred for Newcastle since arriving in the summer of 2011

Key man: Cabaye has starred for Newcastle since arriving in the summer of 2011

'When Cabaye comes back, Cheick will be gone. It is tough for us at the minute,' Pardew added.

'You have seasons when you lose players and you have to be able to cope with it.

'If I had everybody available then losing Cabaye would not be such a blow.

'At the minute we cannot afford to lose anybody.'

John Terry injury latest: Scan reveals no ligament damage

Chelsea relief as Terry scan reveals NO ligament damage but captain is still out for at least two weeks

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UPDATED:

21:12 GMT, 12 November 2012

John Terry has told friends of his relief after a scan confirmed no serious damage to the knee he injured against Liverpool on Sunday.

Terry initially feared he had suffered a season-ending injury when his right leg was trapped and twisted in a collision with Luis Suarez during the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

But the Chelsea captain hopes he could be fit in time to lead Chelsea into their first FIFA Club World Cup next month.

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Horror clash: Terry was taken off injured after a collision with Luis Suarez

Horror clash: Terry was taken off injured after a collision with Luis Suarez

Horror clash: Terry was taken off injured after a collision with Luis Suarez

Fears: It was thought that Terry's season could have been over

Fears: It was thought that Terry's season could have been over

An MRI scan showed there is no great
damage apart from inflammation caused by the impact, which
hyper-extended the joint, flexing it the wrong way.

But doctors told the 31- year-old he
had been lucky his studs were not planted in the turf when the collision
occurred or he would almost certainly have snapped the ligaments in his
knee.

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech feared
the worst when he saw the collision but said yesterday: 'He was unlucky
to get injured but lucky. When somebody of 60 or 70 kilos lands on your
leg, it can be very damaging. Normally with JT, you see his face and
know he will be alright, but you saw straight away it was impossible for
him to continue.'

Scan: Terry was seen on crutches walking across the pitch after the game

Scan: Terry was seen on crutches walking across the pitch after the game

Terry's right knee caused him
problems earlier this year, when he needed surgery to clean out
cartilage debris and was out for six weeks. Chelsea's Club World Cup campaign gets under way in Japan on December 13.

Sportsmail has
learned that the club will not know for certain until the swelling on
his right leg has calmed down, but both the player and Chelsea officials
are hugely relieved at the news.

Off to a flyer: Terry scored the opening goal on Sunday afternoon

Off to a flyer: Terry scored the opening goal on Sunday afternoon

A club statement read: 'Today's MRI
scans on John Terry's right knee thankfully show no significant damage
to the cruciate ligaments.

'Chelsea Football Club's medical team
will conduct further tests over the next two or three days once the
swelling has subsided to determine how long John will be out, but it
will be a matter of weeks not months.'

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Mousa Dembele could be fit to face Arsenal

Dembele dodges operation on hip and could be fit for Arsenal clash at Emirates

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UPDATED:

17:54 GMT, 7 November 2012

Mousa Dembele will not have an operation on his injured hip and could return for Tottenham's north London derby against Arsenal, according to Andre Villas-Boas.

Dembele has become a big hit with Spurs fans for his excellent performances in midfield, but the Londoners have had to do without the Belgian for the last five games after he aggravated an old hip complaint while on international duty.

Villas-Boas said last Thursday he feared the 25-year-old could have to go under the knife to cure the problem – something which would have ruled him out for up to six weeks.

Close: Mousa Dembele (left) aggravated a hip injury while on international duty but could be back for Tottenham's clash with Arsenal

Close: Mousa Dembele (left) aggravated a hip injury while on international duty but could be back for Tottenham's clash with Arsenal

But a second scan on the injury confirmed that surgery would not definitely heal the problem and Villas-Boas has therefore decided to put the player on a course of physiotherapy that will see him miss games against Maribor and Manchester City, but he could be available to face Arsenal in 10 days' time.

The Spurs boss said: 'We could either give him surgery immediately, but there is no certainty it will cure the problem, or he could rest, have manual therapy, train in the swimming pool.

'That allows the player the possibility of return within 10-15 days, so we are taking that option at the moment, without having the surgery.'

Whilst knowing he could have Dembele back for the Arsenal game is a boost, not having the player available for the team's next two games does disrupt Villas-Boas' plans.

Tom Huddlestone, fresh back in the team after a year-long ankle injury, has looked sluggish compared to Dembele, who offers drive and composure in the centre of the park.

Tottenham have won just one of the five games since the Belgian suffered his injury but Villas-Boas is confident he has the strength in depth to cope.

'We had good games without Mousa,' the 35-year-old said.

'Against Chelsea we lost Gareth Bale and Mousa and we gave them a run for their money even though they were on an amazing run.

Preparations: Andre Villas-Boas was in training without Dembele on Wednesday ahead of his side's clash with Maribor on Thursday

Preparations: Andre Villas-Boas was in training without Dembele on Wednesday ahead of his side's clash with Maribor on Thursday

Ready to start: Emmanuel Adebayor (left) is likely to begin Thursday's match for Tottenham

Ready to start: Emmanuel Adebayor (left) is likely to begin Thursday's match for Tottenham

'We had extremely good games against Southampton and Norwich. Good players are missed but this squad is full of good players.

'I don't think it has affected the tempo and dynamic – it's more important to have players fully concentrated and motivated.'

Villas-Boas is likely to play Huddlestone and Jake Livermore in midfield for tomorrow's game against Maribor, providing the latter overcomes an ankle injury.

Another man who is likely to begin the game, which Spurs desperately need to win, is striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

Adebayor has not started a match for the club since he signed from Manchester City this summer, with Villas-Boas preferring to use Jermain Defoe as the team's target man.

Adebayor's lack of game time has led to suggestions the striker wants to leave the club, but Villas-Boas played down those claims on Wednesday.

Centre of attention: Gareth Bale will be hoping to continue his fine run of form for AVB

Centre of attention: Gareth Bale will be hoping to continue his fine run of form for AVB

'Certainly there is no interest in selling or loaning (Adebayor),' the Tottenham manager said.

'We brought him in this season, unfortunately for him it hasn't been working out in terms of injuries.

'We have full belief in Adebayor, he is one of the greatest strikers in the world. Sooner or later he is going to be back in the squad.'

Villas-Boas made winning the Europa League one of his priorities when he joined Spurs this summer, but his team have registered three disappointing draws so far against Lazio, Panathinaikos and Maribor.

With an away game in Rome next up, Villas-Boas has no doubt about the importance of Thursday's clash against the Slovenian champions.

'Even though a defeat doesn't mathematically disqualify us, it is a game we have to win,' he said.

'We are in this competition to win it.'

Back in the swing: Tom Huddlestone will deputise in Dembele's place

Back in the swing: Tom Huddlestone will deputise in Dembele's place

Robin van Persie can become a Manchester United legend: Gary Neville

Nine great reasons why RVP can become a Manchester United legend

PUBLISHED:

00:00 GMT, 4 November 2012

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UPDATED:

00:00 GMT, 4 November 2012

Robin van Persie was fantastic for
Manchester United against his former club, Arsenal and in his interview
afterwards he said both he and Wayne Rooney were ‘9 and a halfs’ — in
other words, part-orthodox centre-forward, part attacking playmaker.

I think Robin was being polite for
television. Make no mistake, on the evidence I saw at Old Trafford,
Robin van Persie is a No 9.

This is a centre-forward who hunts on
the back of the shoulders of defenders, who moves and takes chances
with maximum efficiency.

He might have started as a left-winger
and developed into someone who played off a striker. But right now he
is a top-class centre-forward, a player who excels at playing up front
on his own.

The real deal: Robin van Persie's finishing and movement has been top quality for Manchester United

The real deal: Robin van Persie's finishing and movement has been top quality for Manchester United

For the first four to six weeks of the
season, I was seeing a bedding-in period for Van Persie. We saw
glimpses of his excellence but it was also clear that he was getting
used to playing in a new team, and they were getting used to playing
with him.

But this has been a significant week
for the Dutchman. United had two big games against Chelsea and Arsenal
and he has had a major influence on both, matches that might be seen as
defining when the season ends.

From my point of view, we are seeing the start of something that is the real thing.

I never liked using the words majestic
and silky but I will use the word clinical. Everything Van Persie does
on the football field means something; he doesn’t move without it
mattering.

Clinical: Van Persie fires the opening goal against his former club

Clinical: Van Persie fires the opening goal against his former club

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If he makes a run, it has a purpose, even if it is to drag a defender out of position.

At Chelsea last week he was involved
in the biggest moments of the game, one that United could not afford to
lose because it would have seen them fall seven points behind the
leaders.

Likewise, his performance was fantastic. His first chance fell so early but he never looked like
missing it, and with his right foot.

From then onwards, I could see that
the other United players are now seeing his runs, the changes of
direction. He organises his feet before he shoots. He also worked with
Wayne Rooney in defending. United forwards have a history of working
hard; from Mark Hughes through to Carlos Tevez and now Rooney. Van
Persie’s work ethic yesterday denoted a real understanding of what it is
to be a United forward. The successful ones are all hard-working.

When United signed him for 24million, it was not a typical buy from the club because of his age, which is 29. And yet he has left the comfort zone of Arsenal, where everyone knew what he could do, and shown United supporters that he is the finished article.

He has taken two big games by the scruff of the neck. If he does the same in the Manchester derby in a month’s time, every United fan will know they have a special player on their hands.

They are already warming to him. Eric Cantona came to United as an experienced player, but Van Persie will score more goals than Eric, whose record wasn’t bad. Ten in 13 games is a brilliant start, but I’ve got a feeling it is only just the start.

Legend: Cantona

Living up to his billing: Van Persie

Things can only get better: Van Persie will score more goals for United than Eric Cantona (left)

Arsenal are a big club and Van Persie didn’t make a move for the money. I think the reason he has joined United is to try to become a real legend of the game.

There is something about Manchester United, along with Barcelona and Real Madrid; if you do special things with those clubs, then it elevates you to a whole new level.

If Van Persie can continue like this, he has not left it too late to attain that legendary status.

This Arsenal are lacking star quality

I was disappointed with Arsenal — and I was disappointed for them.

I spent my whole career competing with them for trophies; when you said their name, you automatically thought championship contenders.

Not now, judging by the manner of their performance at Old Trafford. When I think of the great Arsenal teams under Arsene Wenger, I can’t think of one player who started at Old Trafford who would get into them.

Olivier Giroud isn’t as good as Nicolas Anelka, let alone Thierry Henry. Who would you rather have, Santiago Cazorla or Dennis Bergkamp As for the current Arsenal players getting in ahead of their old back-five, or the midfield of Vieira, Petit, Overmars and Parlour, forget it, not even close.

Chastening experience: Santi Cazorla (third right) failed to shine at Old Trafford

Chastening experience: Santi Cazorla (third right) failed to shine at Old Trafford

Arsenal’s game was always built around pace and incisive passing but I didn’t see that.

Cazorla didn’t have a good game, Giroud hasn’t settled at all and Lukas Podolski would do something good but then seem to drift away again. The 2-1 United win flattered Arsenal, to be honest.

And unlike last year’s 8-2 defeat, Arsenal can’t point to half a team missing with injuries.

Arsene Wenger has a proud record of qualifying for the Champions League for the past 15 seasons. He has experience and I trust his know-how and the spirit of the club. But even so, you have to say there is a real danger they will miss out on the top four unless there is an improvement.

Kyle Walker hit back at Chris Hughton claims he dived for penalty

Dive Not me, I'm a northerner! Walker hits back at Hughton's claims

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UPDATED:

10:32 GMT, 2 November 2012

Kyle Walker hit back at Chris Hughton’s claims he went down too easily to win a penalty at Norwich by saying: I don’t dive, I’m a northerner.

The Norwich boss claimed that the Spurs full Walker ‘made a meal’ of the challenge by Marc Tierney during their Capital One Cup clash at Carrow Road on Wednesday.

Mark Bunn saved the resulting Clint Dempsey penalty as Norwich won the tie 2-1 to set up a clash with Aston Villa.

Not me: Kyle Walker insists he does not dive because he is from the north

Not me: Kyle Walker insists he does not dive because he is from the north

And Sheffield born Walker dismissed former Spurs coach Hughton’s claims.

He told the Daily Telegraph: ‘I’m from up north. I’m not going to go down softly.

‘It was a foul. The referee has awarded a penalty, or the linesman did. They were close enough to see it.’

There could be more bad news for Spurs as midfielder Mouse Dembele could be ruled out for up to six weeks with a hip problem.

Not impressed: Chris Hughton accused Walker of making a meal of the challenge

Not impressed: Chris Hughton accused Walker of making a meal of the challenge

The summer signing from Fulham has been suffering with the injury since last season and aggravated the problem playing for Belgium meaning he could need surgery.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas said: ‘We have to wait and see how serious it is. This is something he had at Fulham. It’s a pain that goes away or happened to go away when he was at Fulham for two or three days and the pain went away but it is still there.

'He can’t move himself properly so he will have a scan and assess it properly. We want to avoid surgery if there is a possibility we can do it. If there happens to be surgery I think we are looking for one month and a half.

'Hopefully that will not happen because we have some good indications that player will be back in one week or two weeks.’