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Peter Ndlovu fighting for his life after horror car crash kills his brother Adam Ndlovu

Coventry legend Ndlovu fighting for his life after horror car crash kills his brother

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UPDATED:

13:46 GMT, 16 December 2012

Former Coventry star Peter Ndlovu is in a critical condition in hospital after a horror car crash which claimed the life of his brother.

Ndlovu, who also played for Birmingham, Sheffield United and Huddersfield during a 13-year career in England, is in a coma after his sports car crashed in Zimbabwe.

Adam Ndlovu, also a former footballer who played for Zimbabwe, died in the incident near Victoria Falls.

Horror: The smashed-up BMW X5 on the side of the road that was reportedly driven by Adam Ndlovu

Horror: The smashed-up BMW X5 on the side of the road that was reportedly driven by Adam Ndlovu

Horror: The smashed-up BMW X5 on the side of the road that was reportedly driven by Adam Ndlovu

Pictures from the scene of the crash show the smashed-up front of the BMW X5 by the side of the road. According to reports in Zimbabwe, Adam was driving the car as they returned from watching a local match.

Peter Ndlovu was a favourite among
Coventry fans during the 90s. He scored 39 goals in 176 matches before
leaving for Birmingham. He had a short loan spell at Huddersfield before
joining Sheffield United.

Coventry wrote on Twitter: 'All our thoughts and wishes go out to former Sky Blue Peter Ndlovu and his family. Keep strong Nuddy.'

A
tweet from the Blades read: 'Our thoughts are with former player Peter
Ndlovu, who has been critically injured in a car accident in his native
Zimbabwe.'

Legend: Peter Ndlovu

Legend: Peter Ndlovu

Hero: Peter Ndlovu starred for Coventry (left) in the Premier League before joining Birmingham

Tragedy: Adam Ndlovu - who played for Zimbabwe - died in the car crash

Tragedy: Adam Ndlovu – who played for Zimbabwe – died in the car crash

Birmingham's own statement read: 'The thoughts of everyone associated with Birmingham City Football Club are with Peter Ndlovu and his family following news of a serious car crash in Zimbabwe. Peter was a very popular player during his time at St Andrew's and we hope he pulls through this difficult time.'

Former Birmingham co-owner David Gold tweeted: 'Peter Ndlovu is one of the nicest footballers I ever met. We are all thinking of you Peter, get well soon.'

Former Coventry team-mate Darren Huckerby wrote: 'Terrible news about Peter Ndlovu and his brother, hope he pulls through.'

Mick Quinn added: 'Sad news about my former team-mate Peter Ndlovu involved in a car crash. He is in a coma, sadly brother Adam dead, thoughts and prayers to them.'

Peter has been working as a coach for the Zimbabwe Young Warriors Under 23 team.

VIDEO: A classic Peter Ndlovu goal from 1995 – a contender for MOTD goal of the season…

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood recovering after heart attack

Arsenal chairman Hill-Wood recovering after suffering heart attack

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UPDATED:

10:56 GMT, 2 December 2012

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood is recovering in hospital after suffering a heart attack.

The 76-year-old had suffered from pneumonia and was taken to hospital on Friday after complaining of feeling unwell.

Arsenal released a statement saying: ‘Everyone at Arsenal Football Club sends their support and best wishes to Chairman Peter Hill-Wood who is recovering after suffering a heart attack, following a bout of pneumonia.

Recovering: Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood (right) is in hospital after suffering a heart attack

Recovering: Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood (right) is in hospital after suffering a heart attack

‘Peter was taken ill at home on Friday and is currently being treated in hospital. He is making a good recovery.

‘The Club wishes Peter a full and speedy return to health and our thoughts are with him and his family at this time.’

Hill-Wood has been chairman of the club since 1982, and is a former vice-chairman of the Hambros Bank.

He is the third member of his family to serve as Arsenal chairman, following on from his father Denis (1962-1982) and his grandfather Samuel, who had two separate spells in the role between 1929 and 1936 and from 1946 to 1949.

Sandy Jardine is receiving treatment for cancer, Rangers announce

Rangers great Jardine, 63, is receiving treatment for cancer, club announces

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20:34 GMT, 17 November 2012

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UPDATED:

20:50 GMT, 17 November 2012

Rangers have announced their long-serving former player Sandy Jardine is having treatment for cancer.

Jardine, 63, made over 500 appearances for the club as a player between 1965 and 1982, before making more than 200 for Hearts, who he would later manage.

In a statement, Rangers said: 'The club will support Sandy and his family in any way it can throughout his treatment and we ask that the media respect his privacy and indeed the privacy of his family.

Cancer battle: Sady Jardine (centre)

Cancer battle: Sady Jardine (centre)

'Sandy is a true Rangers legend in
every sense of the word and has the admiration and respect of every one
of his colleagues at Ibrox and Murray Park.'

Jardine, who won the 1972 European
Cup Winners' Cup with Rangers and also played 38 times for Scotland,
said: 'I would like to thank everyone for their best wishes and kind
support.'

Bobby Julich leaves Team Sky for doping past

Sky reaffirm zero tolerance policy as coach Julich leaves team after admitting doping past

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UPDATED:

16:27 GMT, 25 October 2012

Team Sky have announced the departure of race coach Bobby Julich after reaffirming their zero-tolerance policy to doping.

American Julich admitted to having taken a banned substance in the late 1990s during his racing career and his two-year spell at the British team has now come to an end.

Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford said: 'Bobby has shown courage in admitting to the errors he made long before his time with Team Sky.

Out: Bobby Julich, pictured during his racing days in 2006, will no longer be working at Team Sky

Out: Bobby Julich, pictured during his racing days in 2006, will no longer be working at Team Sky

'We understand that this is a difficult step for him and we've done our best to support him.

'It's important to emphasise that there have been no doubts about his work with us or his approach as a coach.

'He has done a good job and been a good colleague during his two years with us. Bobby has our best wishes for the future.

'We've made clear our commitment to being a clean team and been open about the steps we're taking.

'Although it's never easy to part, we believe this is the right thing to do.'

Julich worked closely with Briton Chris Froome, runner-up in the Tour de France to Bradley Wiggins.

Hard line: Team principal Dave Brailsford has said that Julich showed 'courage' in admitting to doping in the 1990s

Hard line: Team principal Dave Brailsford has said that Julich showed 'courage' in admitting to doping in the 1990s

Necessary: Team Sky rider Chris Froome (right) says that in order for the team to go forward, the likes of Julich are right to leave

Necessary: Team Sky rider Chris Froome (right) says that in order for the team to go forward, the likes of Julich are right to leave

Speaking at the launch of the 100th Tour on Wednesday, Froome predicted departures from the British team after Brailsford reiterated the zero-tolerance policy to doping in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal.

Froome told BBC Sport: 'That's going to be part of the losses the team has to make to be able to go forward.

'I wish it was that simple for everybody on the team. (But) we have staff and riders who rode in that time (the Lance Armstrong era).'

Brailsford and sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters are in the process of interviewing all riders and members of staff at Team Sky and asking them to sign a statement to confirm they have never been involved in doping.

Stained: Lance Armstrong was finally stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for systematic doping

Stained: Lance Armstrong was finally stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for systematic doping

Evander Sno suffers second on-pitch heart attack

Former Celt Sno spends night in hospital after suffering SECOND on-pitch heart attack

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22:41 GMT, 30 September 2012

Former Celtic player Evander Sno has suffered a second heart attack on the football pitch.

The 25-year-old midfielder walked off the pitch after 34 minutes of NEC Nijmegen’s 5-1 defeat at Feyenoord and spent the night in hospital.

Feyenoord doctor Casper van Eijck said: 'Evander had a cardiac arrest which was followed by a shock from his internal defibrillator.

Another one: Evander Sno (centre) walked off the pitch after suffering a second heart attack, aged just 25

Another one: Evander Sno (centre) walked off the pitch after suffering a second heart attack, aged just 25

'And the shock is what he felt and that terrified him, which I could see in his eyes on the pitch.

'He was transported to a hospital because the defibrillator caused arrhythmia (abnormal heart beat) so he has to stay there for the night.'

Recovering: Evander Sno was revived by his internal defibrillator after suffering an on-pitch heart attack

Recovering: Evander Sno was revived by his internal defibrillator after suffering an on-pitch heart attack

Almost exactly two years ago Sno collapsed during an Ajax reserve match and had to be revived by an external defibulator.

Sno has started all seven games this season for NEC after joining them from Second Division RKC Waalwijk during the summer.

Celtic, meanwhile, have pledged their support to their former player Sno.

The midfielder was thankful for an internal defibrillator fitted after he suffered a previous cardiac arrest during a game for Ajax reserves two years ago.

Former Celt: Evander Sno spent two years in Glasgow

Former Celt: Evander Sno spent two years in Glasgow

Sno spent the night in hospital after the effects of the defibrillator led to an abnormal heartbeat, but the fact that the device revived him on the pitch is an obvious source of comfort.

A Celtic spokesperson told the club's website: 'Clearly all the best thoughts and best wishes of everyone at the Club are with Evander and his family at this time, and we are sure Evander can also count on the support from the entire Celtic family.'

Sno has also played for NAC Breda and RKC Waalwijk in his homeland and English Championship side Bristol City, and represented Holland at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Newcastle ready to make European return

Jose's Euro text peps up Pardew as Newcastle embark on Euro adventure

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20:57 GMT, 22 August 2012

It was a simple text from The Special One which confirmed to Alan Pardew that Newcastle United and their manager are back in Europe.

The good luck wishes from Jose Mourinho on the eve of Newcastle’s departure for Athens to face Atromitos were official recognition from a European great.

Pardew and a squad who have already been stretched by injuries must ensure a smooth path to the Europa League. A Greek Euro exit is not an option for them.

The boss: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew takes training at the Peristeri Stadium on Wednesday

The boss: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew takes training at the Peristeri Stadium on Wednesday

It is six seasons since Newcastle were in Europe, the same amount of time since Pardew led his West Ham team in this competition. Newcastle, under Glenn Roeder, went out surprisingly in the last 16 to AZ Alkmaar when it looked impossible to do so. The Hammers were soundly beaten by Palermo in a similar play-off.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Pardew said: ‘It’s been something to look forward to. We are all focused on it and treating it as an adventure. It’s a new experience for some who have not been involved in Europe and it will be nice. We think we have prepared well.

‘We are looking forward to the different styles of play, different stadia and, hopefully, continuing on. We want to do what Spurs did a few years ago and claim a few scalps like Milan.

‘I had a text from Jose Mourinho on Tuesday wishing us all the best and it’s things like that which make you realise things are good. We are getting noticed, which is good. It’s nice for the team that other managers are looking at us.

‘It gives you as a club different credentials than just another Premier League team. You look at Everton, they were great against Manchester United on Monday — and they are not in Europe. It’s a feather in our cap.

‘We are proud we have done it through the league. I got into Europe with West Ham through a cup final and we probably drew the best team. This time around it doesn’t look so tough. But we have still got to win and it will be tough, especially this first leg.’

European adventure: Yohan Cabaye during a training at the Peristeri Stadium in Athens

European adventure: Yohan Cabaye during a training at the Peristeri Stadium in Athens

Newcastle’s pre-season was geared around picking a team capable of winning this play-off game and then travelling to Chelsea for the Saturday lunchtime showdown against the European champions.

But Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson and Sammy and Shola Ameobi have been left in Tyneside for treatment, along with Cheick Tiote, Fabricio Coloccini, Demba Ba and the suspended Hatem Ben Arfa. Tiote, who hurt his knee in Saturday’s win over Tottenham, could be out for a month.

Pardew said: ‘We are stretched. We have brought everyone who is fit, and striker wise it highlights we are running a little low.

‘It’s not fair to ask a professional footballer to play three times at this level in this short period of time. But we have to deal with it. Whatever result we get on Thursday, we can’t jeopardise Chelsea.’

Challenge ahead: Newcastle face Atromitos in the Greek capital on Thursday night

Challenge ahead: Newcastle face Atromitos in the Greek capital on Thursday night

One man who will start is keeper Steve Harper, who was in the squad for the Alkmaar defeat and many other European adventures. Harper, 37, will make his first appearance for 16 months and admits he feared his Newcastle career was finished.

Atromitos have yet to start their league season and Pardew admitted Newcastle are relying on scouting reports from last season, when the Greek club achieved their highest finish of fourth in the table.

In their squad are former Liverpool keeper Charles Itandje and Njazi Kuqi, once on the books at Birmingham and a brother of former Newcastle striker Shefki.

Manchester City kit man behind messages worn by Mario Balotelli, Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri

Why always them City kit manager revealed as man behind players' messages on shirts

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UPDATED:

07:08 GMT, 21 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Kit manager Les Chapman can be revealed as the man behind a new trend for Manchester City's stars who want to send messages round the world.

Both Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri celebrated scoring in Sunday's 3-2 win over Southampton at the Etihad Stadium by lifting their shirts to reveal a printed slogan on their official Umbro under-armour.

Nasri revealed a T-shirt with Muslim greeting Eid Mubarak written on it, while Tevez showed the latest reference to his native Buenos Aires.

Revealed: Kit manager Les Chapman has been providing players with messages on their under shirts

Revealed: Kit manager Les Chapman has been providing players with messages on their under shirts

The latest: Samir Nasri bore this message after he scored the winner against Southampton on Sunday

The latest: Samir Nasri bore this message after he scored the winner against Southampton on Sunday

They follow in the wake of Mario Balotelli, who famously posed the question: 'Why always me' on his City T-shirt.

The printing – using the equipment normally kept by Chapman and his team for putting names on the back of shirts – marks a move on from the previous practice of scribbling slogans for the cameras with a felt-tip pen.

And while City are indulging their stars at the moment that might change if it brings any more bookings – as happened to Nasri on Sunday – with the fear of that leading to suspensions.

Him too: Carlos Tevez got in on it against Chelsea in the Community Shield

Him too: Carlos Tevez got in on it against Chelsea in the Community Shield

Him too: Carlos Tevez got in on it against Chelsea in the opener against Southampton

Nasri was booked and Tevez wasn't because the Frenchman pulled the shirt over his chin, but Tevez didn't. New FIFA guidelines state that any player 'removing his shirt or covering his head with it' must be cautioned and referee Howard Webb duly followed the new directive on goal celebrations.

Tevez, in particular, has form in the T-shirt tidings stakes and was sending out birthday wishes to folk back home in Argentina during his Manchester United days.

They were scribbled in his own hand, as was the Feliz Cumple Mami (Happy Birthday Mum) after his solo goal against Chelsea at The Etihad last season.

City now appear to be indulging him after allowing the use of Chapman and his printing team for neatly arranged block capitals.

For now they are, anyway, though all that could change, if the authorities get shirty with the habit and force a rethink by club bosses.

And who can forget... Mario Balotelli revealed the 'Why Always Me' shirt in City's 6-1 victory over United last season

And who can forget… Mario Balotelli revealed the 'Why Always Me' shirt in City's 6-1 victory over United last season

And who can forget... Mario Balotelli revealed the 'Why Always Me' shirt in City's 6-1 victory over United last season

And who can forget… Mario Balotelli revealed the 'Why Always Me' shirt in City's 6-1 victory over United last season

Barclays Premier League bootroom – Martin Keown

Premier League bootroom and five wishes for the new season

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22:15 GMT, 17 August 2012

It would be brilliant for the Barclays Premier League if Liverpool can get back to their total football of the 1980s, playing the ball out from the back.

We loved the way Swansea played under Brendan Rodgers and compared them to Barcelona. If Liverpool can do that, it would be great for the Premier League.

It is crucial that Liverpool make a good start at West Bromwich Albiony. When a manager comes in with new ideas, you need results early on so that everybody gets on board with the philosophy.

Red alert: A new era is dawning at Anfield - one that could see them rejoin the elite in the Premier League

Red alert: A new era is dawning at Anfield – one that could see them rejoin the elite in the Premier League

New role for Rooney Talking tactics

Rodgers turned decent players into very good ones at Swansea and will want his Liverpool team to play that lovely passing football, too.

Bringing Joe Allen across to Anfield is a big part of that. Allen is excellent at those quick five-yard passes and is always on the move, looking for the ball and then finding a team-mate. He impressed me for Great Britain in the Olympic Games.

Rodgers will also have realised that he has landed on his feet as far as his goalkeeper is concerned. Pepe Reina’s distribution is excellent and he starts a lot of Liverpool attacks, which will be key as Rodgers tries to get his players on the ball as much as possible.

TRIUMPH FOR TORRES

Fernando Torres has endured such a tough time at Chelsea but he is a player with so much talent and I want him to make the most of it.

Didier Drogba’s departure clears the path for him to take centre stage. To get the best from him, Roberto Di Matteo needs to back him, which means picking him for important games, and also set up the team to create chances for him. The midfielders at Di Matteo’s disposal suggest that will happen.

Torres and Juan Mata have a great understanding and Oscar, Eden Hazard and Marko Marin are all players who will get the ball into the striker on the floor.

Back on top: Torres has the chance to shine now that Drogba has left Stamford Bridge

Back on top: Torres has the chance to shine now that Drogba has left Stamford Bridge

What's the score Results prediction with Fabian Delph

BOOK THE BULLIES

More than ever last year creative players were picked on by the opposition, with team-mates taking it in turns to put in late tackles. Because it was a different culprit each time, they often got away with it.

Gareth Bale, in particular, was a victim. If we want flair players to excite us rather than be injured, we have to protect them. That means booking people early for cynical challenges as a deterrent.

BETTER DEFENDING

Too often last season we saw defenders losing their man in the box and making silly errors. They need to get back to basics and remember that their priority is defending, not charging forward all the time. You don’t have to lose all creativity but responsibility comes first.

The Italians were so good at that at Euro 2012.

The midfielders need to play their part, too. Forwards such as Sergio Aguero and Javier Hernandez are as fast as Olympic sprinters over a short distance, so having to handle them one on one is an impossible job.

Teams must defend as a group and offer protection to the back four.

HOPE FOR ENGLAND

Wednesday night against Italy was full of promise for England and Roy Hodgson. But if we are to kick on as a national team, we need players to be in the starting line-ups for their clubs every week.

Players such as James Milner, Jack Butland, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Steven Caulker, Andy Carroll, Tom Cleverley and Adam Johnson won’t improve by sitting on the bench, playing 10 minutes here and five minutes there.

Let’s hope they are given a platform to shine.

Young and old: The likes of Carroll and Johnson are England's future

Young and old: The likes of Carroll and Johnson are England's future

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South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher retires from international cricket

Sad end for Boucher as wicketkeeper forced to retire on 999 dismissals due to eye injury

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UPDATED:

13:48 GMT, 10 July 2012

South Africa wicketkeeper Mark
Boucher has retired from international cricket following the eye injury
he suffered during Monday's tour game against Somerset.

The 35-year-old required three hours
of surgery in Taunton on Monday night and, after being released on Tuesday morning,
it was initially confirmed he would leave the tour.

Face blow: Blood pours from the wicketkeeper's eye

Face blow: Blood pours from the wicketkeeper's eye

But, in a prepared statement read out by his Proteas skipper Graeme Smith during lunch at the tour game today, it was revealed the injury had forced Boucher to end his international career.

'It is with sadness and pain that I announce that I will not be able to play international cricket again,' the statement read by Smith said.

Boucher revealed that he had intended to retire at the end of the current tour, when he was due to play his 150th Test in the final match of the upcoming series against England.

He said: 'It is with sadness and in some pain that I make this announcement, but due to the severity of my eye injury I will not be able to play international cricket again.

Howzat: Wicketkeeper Boucher is struck in the face by a bail

Howzat: Wicketkeeper Boucher is struck in the face by a bail

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'I prepared for this UK tour as well,
if not better, than I have prepared for any tour in my career. I had
never anticipated announcing my retirement now but circumstances have
dictated differently.

'I have a number of thank-yous to
make to people who have made significant contributions during my
international career, which I will do in due course.

'For now, I would like to thank the
huge number of people, many of whom are strangers, for their heartfelt
support during the last 24 hours.

'I am deeply touched by all the well
wishes, and I wish the team well in the UK as I head home on to a road
of uncertain recovery.'

Boucher suffered the freak injury
when he was struck by a flying bail while standing up to leg-spinner
Imran Tahir on the opening day against Somerset. He fell the ground and
was helped from the pitch with blood apparently coming from his left
eye.

Boucher was taken to hospital
immediately, where he had surgery to repair a laceration to the white of
his eyeball, but concerns clearly remain over his long-term health.

The extent of the damage to Boucher's
eye will be assessed on his return to South Africa with the veteran –
who is the record-holder for most Test dismissals – set to fly out on
the earliest possible fight.

His eye was still too swollen today for a long-term prognosis about the possible effects on his sight.

'It's not about cricket any more. I hope he recovers fully,” team-mate Jacques Kallis said in an interview on Sky Sports News.

'It has been a tough 24 hours not only for myself, but his family and team-mates.

'He seems in good spirits. He has all our well-wishes and from people around the world.'

Flat out: Boucher lies on the floor after taking a blow to the face

Flat out: Boucher lies on the floor after taking a blow to the face

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South Africa's team management
announced that De Villiers would replace Boucher behind the stumps in
the first Investec Test at the Oval next week, but a longer-term
replacement would eventually be called.

Smith had a personal statement for
his long-time team-mate, saying: 'Bouch, we have walked a long road
together, and we are saddened to part under these circumstances.

'For the 14 years of your
international career, you have been a true Proteas warrior, a patriotic
South African, a fighter who asks nothing and gives everything.

'You have been a 100 percenter for
this team. You have been more than a performer, you have been a
motivator, an inspirer, an energiser and a good friend to many.

'You leave us today with sad hearts, but also with a deep gratitude for your contributions to our team, and to us as people.

'The fighting spirit you brought to team remains with us. We wish you a good as possible recovery from your injury.

'As we bid you a farewell as an
international cricketer and wish you well for your future, we keep you
as a friend and respected Proteas warrior.

'We all know how much he has meant to
us as a person, but his stats speak for themselves. I think he was in
line to achieve his 150th Test match, his 1,000th dismissal in the game,
so many other world records and stats that went with that.

'If you add that to the type of
person he was, he will go down as one of the greats of the game,
certainly one of the greats in South African cricket.

'I think now we are just more worried about Mark the person, and getting him through this situation.'

Taking his time: Boucher could be forced to miss the remainder of the tour

Taking his time: Boucher could be forced to miss the remainder of the tour

South Africa team doctor Mohammad Moosajee said earlier: 'Mark's surgery, which lasted nearly three hours, showed that he sustained a severe eye injury – and although the surgeon was able to repair the eyeball, the sensitive nature of the injury makes it difficult to determine the extent of the long-term damage.

'At the moment the prognosis is unclear.

'We need to remain as positive as we possibly can. We will only know (the extent of the damage) in a few weeks' time.

'I spent the night with him in the recovery ward at the hospital, and he has been overwhelmed by the messages of support and care he has received from all corners of the world.

'He will take no further part in the series against England and will return back to South Africa as soon as possible.'

Among those who have voiced their concern and support from afar for Boucher are England players Stuart Broad, Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior – via their Twitter accounts.

Boucher's fellow wicketkeeper Prior wrote this morning: 'Just seen the news about @markb46.

'Very sad he's missing the series and hope he makes a full and speedy recovery. Go well mate keepersunion.'

Boucher may be replaced by the versatile De Villiers, who has previously provided cover behind the stumps in both Tests and one-day internationals – although South Africa may wish to send for specialist Thami Tsolekile.

South Africa bowling coach Allan Donald was distraught for his former team-mate.

'He wanted to finish here. He's been talking about maybe going, if needed, to Australia – but he wanted to go out on a real high in England,' Donald told Sky Sports News.

'I can't think of a bigger kick in the teeth than that.

'To happen on the first day is a cruel blow. Let's just hope he is going to be okay and take it from there.'

Wimbledon 2012: Sir Alex Ferguson backs Andy Murray

You've Scot what it takes! Fergie backs Murray to be crowned Wimbledon king

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UPDATED:

09:31 GMT, 8 July 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has backed his fellow Scot Andy Murray to beat Roger Federer and end Britain's 76-year wait for a men's Wimbledon winner.

Murray bids to follow in the footsteps of Fred Perry who lifted the SW19 crown in 1936.

And Manchester United boss Ferguson was among those to offer his best wishes.

Preparation: Andy Murray prepares for his Wimbledon final with Roger Federer

Preparation: Andy Murray prepares for his Wimbledon final with Roger Federer

'I join the whole of the country to wish Andy get to the final and for that I congratulate him,' he said.

'I join the whole country in wishing Andy all the best.

'I hope the swell of Scottish fervour drives him on to victory.

'Good luck Andy and enjoy your day.'

Demand: Fans queue at Wimbledon ahead of the men's final

Demand: Fans queue at Wimbledon ahead of the men's final

Tennis fans shelter under umbrellas as they queue up to ensure entry to see the mens final in the Wimbledon tennis championships

Former British No 1 Tim Henman, who lost four Wimbledon semi-finals, believes Murray is destined to lift the trophy.

'Andy has done so well. He’s been so resilient,' he said.

'It’s going to be another unbelievably tough task in the final because Roger was sensational in his semi-final.

Roar: Murray will bid to be Britain's first men's champion since Fred Perry

Roar: Murray will bid to be Britain's first men's champion since Fred Perry

'With Federer’s experience, and his game-style on grass, it’s a difficult match.

'But Andy, with his head-to-head record against Roger, and also the way his game matches up to that of Federer, I believe it is meant to be.

'I think Andy will win. I really do.'