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Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli injury worries for Manchester City

Aguero hopes to be back within weeks after scan on injured knee… as Balotelli hands Man City another scare

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UPDATED:

07:01 GMT, 20 August 2012

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Sergio Aguero will be playing again within weeks after a scan on the star striker's injured knee on Sunday.

Aguero twisted his right knee following a challenge by Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne early in City's dramatic 3-2 win.

In another worrying development for City, Mario Balotelli twisted a knee in the post-match warm-down and was seen wincing. A six-a-side practice game was interrupted by Balotelli's pain, although City sources later played this down.

City manager Roberto Mancini said he was 'very worried' that Aguero may have suffered a serious injury, but Aguero said on Twitter on Sunday night: 'The studies I had done revealed there's no significant injury but it was a very tough blow to my knee.

Off: Sergio Aguero was taken off on a stretcher during City's match against Southampton

Off: Sergio Aguero was taken off on a stretcher during City's match against Southampton

Under cover: Aguero was smuggled into hospital on Sunday night wearing a knee brace

Under cover: Aguero was smuggled into hospital on Sunday night wearing a knee brace

Under cover: Aguero was smuggled into hospital on Sunday night wearing a knee brace

'Tomorrow, the physicians will evaluate the time it will take for me to recover.

'I have no words to thank for your concern for me and with this much support, I'll recover faster.

'And I want to congratulate my team mates for their effort in turning this game around. Now more than ever – C4MON @MCFC !!'

Aguero's knee is very swollen and the Argentine will need more tests this week to determine the exact extent of the damage.

Speaking about Aguero after the game,
Mancini said: 'We need to wait and, while I hope it is not serious, it
is a worry. It is important luck is on your side over the course of a
season, but we have been unfortunate with this injury. The knee is
always dangerous.

Gutted: The Sergio Aguero looked disappointed to have missed out on the rest of City's 3-2 victory

Gutted: The Sergio Aguero looked disappointed to have missed out on the rest of City's 3-2 victory

'It was so strange because there was no issue with the tackle. It was not a strong tackle, and Sergio wanted to play on.

'Maybe he is out for a week, or three or four weeks, or until after the international break. We have to see.'

City almost threw away the advantage
given them by Carlos Tevez's 40th-minute opener, and Mancini admitted
his side's slipshod defending concerned him.

Accident: Clyne played the ball but caught Aguero as his momentum carried him into the striker

Accident: Clyne played the ball but caught Aguero as his momentum carried him into the striker

'We didn't play well with our defenders, but it is not always their fault,' he said.

'We had enough chances to close the
game out.' While Mancini ponders possible attacking reinforcements
should Aguero be out for several weeks, he remains hopeful of prising
Italy midfielder Daniele de Rossi away from Roma.

Reports from Italy last night claimed the 29-year-old hard man was ready to move to City for around 30million.

London 2012 Olympics: Usain Bolt needs rope trick

Rules leave Bolt in need of a rope trick… but he still eases through in 200m

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21:45 GMT, 7 August 2012

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UPDATED:

21:45 GMT, 7 August 2012

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After easing through his 200 metres heat, Usain Bolt seemed more concerned with beating London 2012’s ‘weird rules’ than defeating compatriot Yohan Blake.

The 100m champion had his skipping rope confiscated once again but insisted he will try to smuggle it in on Wednesday night so he can warm up properly for his 200m semi-final.

Cruise control: Usain Bolt barely broke sweat as he eased through in the 200m heats

Cruise control: Usain Bolt barely broke sweat as he eased through in the 200m heats

'It's weird, some of the rules,' said the Jamaican. 'I had my skipping rope in my bag and they said I can’t bring it in. Next time I am going to stick it under my bag, at the bottom or something.'

Bolt's skipping rope was his only real worry as he jogged through his first-round race in his ‘favourite event’ in 20.39sec. Blake, the 100m silver medallist, was just as impressive during his 20.38 run in what he calls his ‘better event’.

The likes of Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre and the USA’s Wallace Spearmon are, you feel, battling it out only for bronze.

See you there: Yohan Blake was equally impressive in his hear, striding out to win comfortably

See you there: Yohan Blake was equally impressive in his hear, striding out to win comfortably

Great Britain’s Christian Malcolm, competing at his fourth Olympics aged 33, joined them after running 20.59 for second place. But James Ellington could only finish sixth in his heat in 21.23, his slowest time this season.

Ellington, so desperate to compete here that he auctioned himself on eBay to raise sponsorship cash, said: ‘I’ve jogged faster than that. I’m baffled — there is no explanation for it.’

Euro 2012: Bastian Schweinsteiger says he is fit

I'm fine, boss! Schweinsteiger gives Germany manager Low good news

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UPDATED:

18:55 GMT, 6 June 2012

Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has given head coach Joachim Low a major boost by revealing he has shaken off a calf complaint.

Schweinsteiger was a worry for Euro 2012 after struggling with the injury but returned to full training on Monday with the rest of the national side.

And the 27-year-old has suffered no reaction, telling dfb.de: 'I'm fine. It's fun to play with such a team.'

Ready to go: Bastian Schweinsteiger (left) says he is fit

Ready to go: Bastian Schweinsteiger (left) says he is fit

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Schweinsteiger, looking to add to his 90 caps for Germany, missed the opening warm-up defeat against Switzerland two weeks ago due to the injury after linking up with the squad following Bayern Munich's Champions League defeat against Chelsea.

Germany arrived in Poland ahead of the European Championship on Monday and will remain in the country despite all three group matches being held in Ukraine.

The Euro 2008 runners-up start their campaign against Portugal on June 9, with further games against Holland and Denmark.

Brendan Rodgers opens Liverpool door for Kenny Dalglish

My door is always open to Kenny… New Kop boss Rodgers unfazed by Dalglish

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08:10 GMT, 5 June 2012

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has underlined his determination not to be daunted by the shadow of illustrious predecessor Kenny Dalglish.

Rodgers succeeded Dalglish last week with some Liverpool supporters doubting whether the Irishman has the experience of the stature to replace Anfield’s most revered player and coach.

But Rodgers said: 'I have the ultimate respect for Kenny Dalglish. My door is always open for Kenny Dalglish. This is his home.

Open door: Brendan Rodgers says he will alwys welcome Kenny Dalglish to his Liverpool 'home'

Open door: Brendan Rodgers says he will alwys welcome Kenny Dalglish to his Liverpool 'home'

'As the chairman said, he is the heart and soul of this club. His love for this club is unrivalled. He is the best player in the history of this club.

'This is a prestigious club and this is a guy who has a wonderful history here and will continue to have a great future in terms of Liverpool. I can’t worry about that. I can’t say anymore about a man I respect.

'The only way you can overcome that is by winning.

'I am not here to win any race or competition.

'But what I know is history judges you as a manager and hopefully in time people will look back at what I have achieved here and I can walk beside these people.

'But there is no way I can try and overtake someone like Kenny Dalglish. All I can do is be myself.'

Rodgers has been received well by the majority of Liverpool fans but he admits he has head dissenting voices.

Kop idol: Rodgers is desperate to prove himself as a success on Merseyside

Kop idol: Rodgers is desperate to prove himself as a success on Merseyside

'I understand that not everybody will want me here but that’s part of the dance,' said the former Swansea boss.

'I know there are three types of supporters at every club.

'Number one is those who, no matter who the manager is, they love their club and they will love their manager whoever it is because Liverpool is their life and their passion and they love their club.

'The second group is supporters who will accept you but to earn their real respect you will have to be successful. That’s fine.

'The third group are the critics and you never change them ever.

'If you win four nil it should have been five, if you win the league you should have won three.

'I will never worry about that group because you can never affect them.'

London 2012 Olympics: Hannah England injury worry for trials

England injury has Van Commenee worried with Olympic trials looming

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UPDATED:

17:56 GMT, 31 May 2012

World silver medallist Hannah England faces an uphill battle to compete at the Olympic trials after suffering an achilles injury.

England, who won a surprise silver in the 1,500 metres in Daegu last year, was spiked during a race in Hengelo on Sunday and will be out for 'several' weeks according to UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee.

The Olympic trials in Birmingham are just three weeks away, with the first two athletes in each event qualifying automatically for the Games, providing they hold a current 'A' standard. One other discretionary place is also available to the selectors.

At a price: Hannah England (centre) won in Hengelo on Sunday but was hurt

At a price: Hannah England (centre) won in Hengelo on Sunday but was hurt

Van Commenee said: 'Hannah England got a spike in her achilles tendon. Although she won the race she will be out for a number of weeks, which is not good news. That is a worry.

'She's had no surgery but she had to be in hospital a few days. We're using all the modern technology to get the wound healing quickly. She won't necessarily be running straight away, but cross-training and other things.'

Silver lining: England was a surprise medallist in the 1,500m in Daegu

Silver lining: England was a surprise medallist in the 1,500m in Daegu

Asked if the 25-year-old will be fit for the trials, Van Commenee added: 'She'll try. We're working towards that scenario but it's impossible at this point to predict.'

England sounded slightly more upbeat on her Facebook fan page, adding: 'Glad to get an A qualifier and a win in Hengelo on Sunday. Got some battle scars though from being spiked. No stitches but will have some cool scars! Taking it easy this week to avoid infection and reduce risk of any lingering problems.'

Andrea Mancini released by Manchester City

End of the road for Mancini… but don't worry City fans it's Andrea, not Roberto

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UPDATED:

21:27 GMT, 25 May 2012

Roberto Mancini's son Andrea has been released by Manchester City.

The 19-year-old joined City in November 2010 but struggled to make an impression.

End of the road: Manchester City have released Andrea Mancini

End of the road: Manchester City have released Andrea Mancini

Jenson Button: McLaren need to improve speed

Button prioritises McLaren's need for speed to resolve error-strewn season opening

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UPDATED:

13:00 GMT, 17 May 2012

Jenson Button has admitted to being more concerned about his lack of pace at present than the raft of errors being made by McLaren.

Button could only finish ninth in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix, a place and seven seconds behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who had started 14 positions back at the rear of the grid.

Hamilton was punished for a fuel irregularity in qualifying after the 27-year-old had thought he was again starting on pole at the Circuit de Catalunya, only for his times to be discounted.

Speed it up: Button believes he has identified what is hindering his team

Speed it up: Button believes he has identified what is hindering his team

It was the latest mistake from McLaren to undermine one of their drivers during a grand prix weekend as a considerable amount of points have been lost from strong positions.

In Button's case in Barcelona, however, he simply could not find any speed in his car, and that is now a major worry.

Button said: 'It was a tough weekend, especially on Sunday.

'The most important thing is to understand why I didn't have any pace over the weekend on low and high fuel.

'Even if qualifying doesn't go well, normally we can get some good points in the race, but I couldn't look after my tyres and I didn't have any pace. It's something that's a concern.

'Yes, Lewis did a fantastic job in qualifying, and the team did well to produce a car like that.

Stop-start: McLaren's faltering season is yet to ignite

Stop-start: McLaren's faltering season is yet to ignite

'In the race you can say Lewis again did a good job by finishing eighth, which he should be happy with, but still the pace isn't there.

'It was a worse weekend for me, but if you look at Lewis' pace in the race, I still don't think it's where you would expect us to be.

'My fastest lap of the race was 2.6secs slower than the quickest overall, which is just strange, and I don't understand why that is.

'And it wasn't one end of the car I struggled with, it was both. I've never been in a position like that. It was very extreme.'

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With Williams' Pastor Maldonado claiming victory, for only the second time in Formula One history five different drivers and five different constructors have won the first five races.

Button is scratching his head at that one, adding: 'It's not just us.

'The Red Bulls did a better job at the weekend than us in terms of points, but still they weren't quick when you compare them to Williams, Sauber, Lotus and Ferrari.

'Five different teams winning five different races, we really don't know what's going on, and I think that's the same up and down the pit lane.'

Aidan O"Brien backs son to shine on Camelot

O'Brien backs son to shine on Derby favourite Camelot, despite 'horrendous' pressure

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UPDATED:

20:10 GMT, 14 May 2012

Aidan O'Brien has described the
pressure of training Camelot as 'horrendous' but backed teenage son
Joseph to take the responsibility of riding the red-hot Investec Derby
favourite in his stride.

The unbeaten son of Montjeu is odds on
favourite with most bookmakers to add the Epsom Classic on June 2 to
his 2,000 Guineas win at Newmarket.

Guineas delight: Joseph O'Brien and Camelot (right) looking to add second Classic to their portfolio

Guineas delight: Joseph O'Brien and Camelot (right) looking to add second Classic to their portfolio

After a sequence of 39 losing runners in the Derby, including five seconds, since O'Brien won the Epsom Classic with High Chaparral 10 years ago, there will be intense pressure on a jockey who is 19 later this month and finished fourth last year on Memphis Tennessee, his only previous ride in the Blue Riband.

His father said: 'If you were asked about the worry (of training him), I supposed horrendous is the word. Everyone has put so much into him. That is what we live for.

'Everyone knows about the responsibility without me speaking about it. What people don't understand with Joseph is that from the time he has been able to walk he has been in the middle of all of this.

Family way: Aidan O'Brien (right) is confident son Joseph (left) can handle the pressure

Family way: Aidan O'Brien (right) is confident son Joseph (left) can handle the pressure

Family way: Aidan O'Brien (right) is confident son Joseph (left) can handle the pressure

'He has heard all the discussions and seen all the disappointments. Before he was able to ride he was in the back of the jeep, hanging out of the window watching all the horses work. He has never known anything else.

'Every minute of the day we are talking about it – it is not extra pressure as a rider because that is what he has always done.'

Ominously, O'Brien snr, who is aiming his nine-length 1,000 Guineas Homecoming Queen at the Irish 1,000 Guineas on May 27, believes Camelot has improved for his Guineas win.

The Irish trainer, whose Excelebration is the main threat to 2-5 favourite Frankel in Saturday's Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, said: 'We think he learned a lot. He ran through gaps put his head down to fight.'

O'Brien pits Twirl against John Gosden's 1,000 Guineas fourth in Werdnesday's Musidora Stakes at York while Was goes for the Group three Blue Wind Stakes at Naas the same evening to gauge if they are capable of joining 1,000 Guineas third Maybe and Kissed in the Investec Oaks.

But Dundalk winner Ernest Hemingway will miss Thursday's Dante Stakes if the going is worse than good.

Confidence behind Camelot could mean a select Ballydoyle Derby squad heading to Epsom.

So You Think has been left in Saturday's Lockinge Stakes but O'Brien said the intention is for him to run in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Irish Guineas meeting.

Jack Wilshere must not be rushed back – Arsene Wenger

Don't rush Jack back! Wenger fires warning to Pearce in Olympic row over Arsenal ace

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10:58 GMT, 27 April 2012

Arsene Wenger feels Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere needs the proper rehabilitation over the summer before any talk of playing at the Olympics.

The 20-year-old has not featured for the Gunners all season because of a niggling ankle problem which was initially picked up on international duty with England and eventually needed surgery.

Out of touch: Wilshere hasn't played a minute of competitive football this term

Out of touch: Wilshere hasn't played a minute of competitive football this term

While Wilshere has already been ruled out of featuring at the European Championships, Team GB coach Stuart Pearce insists the player is very much in his thoughts for the Olympics squad.

Wenger, however, continues to be cautious. Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Barclays Premier League trip to Stoke, the Arsenal manager said: 'At the moment Jack has a different worry.

'His focus is to get back on the football pitch and play, there is not one specific target like the Olympics or the European Championships, although he is out of that.

'His main priority is to get out on the pitch and play football.

'Nothing is definitely set at the moment, because we are in a slow progress world where we go step by step.'

Wenger added: 'If we start pre-season at the beginning of July and he is completely fit to join in normal training, then we will see [about the Olympics], but let's not forget he has not played for a whole year.

'To be competitive at the top level it will take him some time to come back and we have to give him that time.'

SIX NATIONS 2012: Line-out a worry for England, Ben Kay

Charlie is flying but failing line-out is a worry for England

Problems in the line-out

England’s biggest problem is that their line-out isn’t functioning. It looks too jerky and hesitant – it’s not fluid enough. The dummies are all a bit slow, as if they are going through the motions.

It is a big issue. Tom Palmer was quite quiet last week but he was much better around the pitch on Saturday – he really stepped up his overall game.

But when Geoff Parling replaced him in the second half, there was a noticeable improvement in the line-out.

Line-out problems: Tom Palmer jumps to challenge for the ball

Line-out problems: Tom Palmer jumps to challenge for the ball

Parling is a good line-out caller and when he’s not out there I’m not sure who is running it – Palmer or Tom Croft.

England can practise during the week, but even when they are winning line-outs they have to analyse them properly, accept that the dummies are not great and realise that the Welsh will be able to read them too easily unless they improve.

Change at scrum-half

Ben Youngs has become too predictable and is getting caught too often at the breakdown. He is just doing the same thing over and over again, picking up from the base, seeing what is on and taking too long to pass.

England should promote Lee Dickson to start, with Youngs on the bench as an impact sub. Dickson will just whip the ball away, time after time, keeping England moving forward.

Game-changer: Lee Dickson impressed for England

Game-changer: Lee Dickson impressed for England

Youngs should be doing that, but also
trying to run a few times. He is being caught by a blindside ‘sack’ –
the opposition defence are almost deliberately not getting in position
quickly, so when he picks up they can come round, in his blind spot, and
catch him.

He has to fool them into thinking he’s not going to run, not going to run, not going to run, then have a go. The other issue is that Youngs plays better with Toby Flood, whereas Dickson is more suited to Charlie Hodgson.

Charlie is our darling

It will be very difficult for Stuart Lancaster to drop Hodgson based on his performances so far. We all thought Toby Flood and Manu Tuilagi would walk straight back in, but that might not be the case. I would give Charlie another game and put Manu on the bench, to come on as an impact sub.

Brad Barritt deserves another start – I’ve been massively impressed by him and he produced one sensational tackle on Italy’s man of the match Sergio Parisse.

Staking a claim: Charlie Hodgson has moved ahead of Toby Flood in the pecking order at fly-half

Staking a claim: Charlie Hodgson has moved ahead of Toby Flood in the pecking order at fly-half

Phil Dowson had a much better game while Ben Morgan has looked quality both times he has come on.

Dowson is similar to Chris Robshaw in
the way he plays and at the moment, skipper Robshaw is performing
slightly better. Morgan does everything Nick Easter did, but he is more
explosive. You could argue that England have three No 6s in their back
row so they have to try to find the right balance and range of skills.

Scrum positives

On the whole, England’s scrum was good on Saturday against a renowned Italian pack, but they didn’t adapt to the fact that the referee wasn’t really policing the engagement.

They got beaten in the hit once or twice when they could have gone down earlier.

Scrum's the word: England were solid at the set-piece on Saturday

Scrum's the word: England were solid at the set-piece on Saturday

Overall, Lancaster’s team showed strong
character to go that far down in Italy, in only their second game
together, but still find a way to win. They are not setting the world on
fire but they are playing well in patches. I don’t think they will be
scaring Wales, but that could make the Welsh slightly complacent at
Twickenham.

Ben Foden’s loose offload, which led to the interception try, showed that England want to speed the game up, but they have to make good decisions and not force a pass that isn’t on.

They can’t afford to throw wild passes against Wales or they will be in big trouble.

He's out on his Owen

Owen Farrell seems to be a born winner – he has incredible composure for a 20-year-old.

Mature performance: Owen Farrell was outstanding for England

Mature performance: Owen Farrell was outstanding for England

He also appears to be a popular member
of the England squad, which is important. He could be an absolute
superstar, but he is still a nice, down-to-earth lad.

So much of what makes him a good player comes down to temperament. He is unflappable. Most kickers would expect to get the kicks they put over in training, but to do it in a tight Test match is another matter.

It’s not just about the kicking, though. He makes the correct decisions under pressure in all aspects of the game, in defence or attack. He is also tough for a small lad. Often, the kicker in a team is maybe not the best tackler, but Farrell is quite happy to put his body on the line.

Conclusion

England’s ambition should be to win at least three games, so if they can beat Wales at home, there will be no real pressure on them going to Paris.

England will be underdogs from now on, so all the expectation will be on their opponents.

Underdogs: England face three tough fixtures

Underdogs: England face three tough fixtures

*Ben Kay is rugby analyst for ESPN’s Aviva Premiership Rugby coverage*