No Balotelli concerns for Rodgers

first_img “He is just in the middle of recovering and we will see the length of time it takes. “I’m not an expert on genetics or medicine, so I can’t comment. All we know is that he had a calf strain on the back of his last injury, and he is working to recover from that.” Liverpool – who, along with Sturridge, are of course also minus the services of last season’s top-scorer Luis Suarez following his summer sale to Barcelona – have had an inconsistent campaign so far, and Tuesday was the first time they had netted in three games. Rodgers admits the responsibility lies with him to find solutions to the Reds’ problems. And in terms of goals, he remains confident that another England striker on Liverpool’s books, Rickie Lambert, will soon start scoring after Tuesday’s match extended his wait for a first goal for the Merseysiders to 10 appearances. “It is up to myself to find the solution,” Rodgers said. “The players who are available are working very hard, and we are still learning about each other. “I think this is something that sometimes is missed – you get new players in and with not as much preparation time, you are learning about them in the games. “But I can see each day relationships growing between the players and the connection in the team. “Whenever you have players out it makes it a bit more difficult, but you need to find the solutions in different ways and that is what we have been trying to do. “Gradually as each day goes by I sense we are getting better. “With Daniel out, of course it is a miss, but it is also an opportunity, as we saw the other night. “(Forward) Fabio Borini was excellent, a real threat, and put in a wonderful cross for the (Balotelli) goal. “And Rickie Lambert, who hasn’t had many opportunities – his goals will come. “He is working tirelessly every day, he had some nice touches and his goals will come.” Rodgers also confirmed full-back Jose Enrique is sidelined by a knee issue. Press Association Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists he has “no concern” about Mario Balotelli and that the controversial Reds striker does not need any kind of protection from provocation. Then, after his goal, Balotelli was caught up in an off-the-ball confrontation with Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey, and further words were exchanged between the pair after the final whistle as they headed off the pitch. Asked on Thursday for his view of what had happened with Balotelli that evening, Rodgers was in no mood for elaboration. The manager said: “I don’t know, but there is no problem, so we move on.” Then asked about opposition players possibly targeting the 24-year-old, Rodgers added: “I don’t have to protect Mario, he is fine. There is no concern.” Rodgers was speaking at his press conference to preview Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Newcastle, and while Balotelli is set to be available, Liverpool will once again be without fellow frontman Daniel Sturridge. Sturridge was ruled out for two to four weeks earlier this month with a calf problem having only just recovered from a thigh injury sustained on England duty, and Rodgers has admitted the 25-year-old needs to get a consistent run of games if he is to become one of Europe’s top strikers. Meanwhile, Sturridge himself has suggested in an interview with talkSPORT that his injury problems may be hereditary – something Rodgers felt unable to comment on when it was raised on Thursday. “I can only concentrate on his injury now and what my medical team here, who are fantastic, are telling me,” Rodgers said. Rodgers will have been delighted to see Balotelli get on the scoresheet in Tuesday’s 2-1 Capital One Cup win over Swansea, the Italy international making the desired impact as a late substitute by prodding home an 86th-minute equaliser to break his eight-match goal drought. But Balotelli was also involved in two other notable incidents, the first coming pre-match when he was sent away from a warm-up exercise by Liverpool coach Mike Marsh – which assistant boss Colin Pascoe, amid reports it had been due to the player messing around, stressed was only because he had sustained a minor knee problem. last_img read more

Fitness boost for Tigers

first_img Number one goalkeeper McGregor is back in full training and deemed “available for selection” after a shoulder problem that has kept him out since the end of September. Four-goal striker Jelavic and defender Dawson were both injured at Arsenal on October 18, the former during the warm-up and the latter in the closing stages. They are both picking up pace in their rehabilitation and could be in contention to return against Tottenham a week on Sunday. Price wrote: “Nikica is three-and-a-half weeks post-medial meniscectomy and he has stepped up his rehab this week. We are aiming for him to return to training next week. At this stage, his knee has reacted extremely well to rehab. “Michael is now three-and-a-half weeks on from a lateral ankle ligament rupture and he is scheduled to return to first team training this week.” Alex Bruce is back running following a grade two hamstring injury, but question marks remain over captain Curtis Davies following a back injury suffered in the 1-0 defeat at Burnley. “Curtis was withdrawn at Burnley last weekend with back pain. The symptoms are settling nicely although it is too early to give a full assessment,” said Price. Long-term absentee Robert Snodgrass dislocated his kneecap on the opening day of the season and is expected to be out more the majority of the season. “He is now biking and completing strength and stability work as his knee approaches full range of movement,” added Price. Hull’s injury problems are beginning to ease, with Allan McGregor, Michael Dawson and Nikica Jelavic likely to return after the international break. The Tigers have been hit by a number of injuries down the spine of the team in recent weeks but positive signs are starting to emerge. Head of medical services Rob Price gave a comprehensive fitness update to the club’s official website and gave optimistic news on the first-choice trio. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Foxes close to Maloney deal

first_imgLeicester are closing in on the signing of Scotland international Shaun Maloney after meeting Wigan’s valuation for the winger. However, Maloney is now free to discuss personal terms with the Foxes after they lodged an improved bid. Speaking earlier this month about Maloney’s future, Mackay said: “That will be a club decision. “He’s been excellent as a professional – as I knew he would be. “He’s got massive quality and it’s frustrating but he’s got six months left on his contract; there’s not a lot I can do about that. “The situation is something that might be out of my control. Obviously I want to keep my best players but that’s not always something you can do.” Maloney moved to Wigan from Celtic in 2011 and has enjoyed many highlights with the club including scoring the winner against Manchester United in April 2012 and netting a last-gasp free-kick in the draw at QPR 12 months on. But his fondest memory is likely to be the FA Cup final success over Manchester City in 2013 and it was Maloney’s corner which Ben Watson headed home to seal a famous cup upset at Wembley. Press Associationcenter_img Press Association Sport understands the Barclays Premier League club have agreed a fee in the region of £1million for Maloney, whose deal at the DW Stadium runs out in the summer. Earlier this month Latics manager Malky Mackay had revealed “four or five clubs” had expressed an interest in the 31-year-old while also confirming one team, believed to be Leicester, had seen an initial offer rebuffed. last_img read more

Michael Turner joins Sheffield Wednesday on season-long loan

first_imgSheffield Wednesday have announced the signing of Norwich defender Michael Turner on a season-long loan. Turner has struggled to tie down a first-team spot recently at Carrow Road with Sebastien Bassong and Russell Martin forming a partnership at the back and spent time out on loan at Fulham last season. The centre-half began his career at Charlton but did not make a first-team appearance for the Addicks and spent two seasons at Brentford before moving to Hull in 2006. The 31-year-old came to prominence in East Yorkshire, helping City gain promotion to the top flight and spending a season in the Premier League with the Tigers before sealing a move to Sunderland. Turner spent three years on Wearside and joined the Canaries for an undisclosed fee in 2012. He will now add to the central defensive corps at Hillsborough alongside Owls captain Glenn Loovens, Tom Lees, Vincent Sasso and Darryl Lachman. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce hopeful Lee Cattermole has seen back of problem

first_img Allardyce knows his squad face a battle to drag themselves out of the relegation zone as Sunderland aim to avoid what would be a third straight league defeat. Sunderland are second bottom, with only one league win all season, which came in Allardyce’s second match in charge against rivals Newcastle, one of his former clubs. The Black Cats could, though, prop up the table by the time they run out at Selhurst Park should Aston Villa get a result at Everton on Saturday. Allardyce said: ” I am still learning about the players and expected to have got more out of the games with the performances we gave, but we have to cut out the individual errors and the sooner we do that, then the sooner we will put points on the board. “We are all in it together and have to stick together now, enjoy our training, not feel sorry for ourselves to get on with the job and get better every week.” Sunderland Under-21 midfielder Martin Smith has joined Vanarama Conference side Gateshead on loan until January 2. Cattermole missed the home defeat by Southampton, but has since been able to resume full training this week and is expected back in contention for Monday night’s trip to Crystal Palace. “Lee is alright and he is available. He has had enough treatment and been to see a specialist in Germany who has made him feel a little bit better, Muller-Wohlfahrt … the master,” Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce said at Friday’s press conference “With the specialist here and Hans, he has recovered and the good thing that came out of the international break is that he hasn’t really missed a game. “Hans is accomplished at what he does. It is not a normal way of treatment and sometimes it can be a bit quirky but it gives players so much confidence when they meet him. He has got him fit. “It has now been relieved and hopefully it is gone for a good deal of time now. “The problem was a nerve pressing against the disc in his lower back.” Allardyce reported no fresh injury concerns from players returning after international duty. Defender John O’Shea, who had been nursing a hamstring problem, is expected to feature in the Sunderland squad having made a late substitute appearance for the Republic of Ireland in their play-off second leg against Bosnia in Dublin on Monday night. The midfielder limped out of the Barclays Premier League match at Everton at the start of November with a suspected groin or back problem. Following further investigations over the international break, which saw Cattermole travel to visit Dr Muller-Wohlfahrt, who has helped the likes of Michael Owen and Jonathan Woodgate in the past, it transpires the issue is nerve related. Sunderland hope a visit to renowned German specialist Dr Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt will help keep captain Lee Cattermole fit for their battle against relegation. Press Associationlast_img read more

Claudio Ranieri wants to make Premier League establishment squirm

first_imgLeicester manager Claudio Ranieri wants to be the “crazy man” who frightens the Barclays Premier League elite. Meanwhile, Matty James may make his long-awaited return to the Leicester squad against Tottenham in the cup. The midfielder has been out for eight months with a serious knee injury but could be on the bench after playing half an hour for the development squad on Monday. “He could come with me on the bench in the next match,” said Ranieri. ” For me Matty is very important. I watched a lot of matches from last season and he played very well with (Esteban) Cambiasso in the middle. “He is young, he is strong, with a good personality, good skill, good vision. This is another very good player for me who can help the squad.” However, Jeff Schlupp’s hamstring injury is worse than first realised and he will still be missing until the end of February. Ranieri is again expected to make changes to his team for the visit of Spurs with the likes of Ben Chilwell, Marcin Wasilewski, Ritchie De Laet, Andy King, Leonardo Ulloa and Demarai Gray, set to make his home debut, all in the frame for recalls. The Foxes have certainly shocked everybody this season, transforming themselves from relegation strugglers 12 months ago to serious title contenders under the Italian. Ranieri’s side are level on points with league leaders Arsenal, seven points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, and t he former Chelsea boss is revelling in Leicester’s role as the gatecrasher. “Now it is a crazy league and we want to frighten this crazy league,” said Ranieri, whose team host Tottenham in a FA Cup third round replay on Wednesday night. “I want to be the most crazy man and team in the Premier League. “It is a crazy league because if it was a normal league Leicester would not be at the top. The other bigger teams would be there. “But there is an opportunity for us because the big teams don’t start yet. If they start then Leicester will fight but we would be in the middle (of the table). “The big teams haven’t switched on turbo yet to go – and we hope they don’t switch on turbo.” Despite the seven-point cushion for Champions League qualification and the nine-point gap to the final European qualification place in the Premier League table, Ranieri still remains guarded about the possibility. He said: “I know what you want me to say, but also you know what I don’t want to say. “I would like too much to give a dream to the fans, but it is January. Wait a little longer.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Authorities shoot masked gunman who opened fire outside of Dallas courthouse

first_imgAuthorities in Dallas are reporting that they have shot and killed a suspect who opened fire on them outside of a courthouse.The incident occurred near the Earle Cabell Federal Building Monday around 8:30 am.According to the report, the shooter, identified as Brian Isaack Clyde was seen outside of the courthouse dressed in full tactical gear and equipped with an assault rifle and multiple magazines of ammo.Dallas Morning News photographer Tom Fox, who was at the scene as the shooting unfolded, told authorities that Clyde fired from the parking lot across the street toward  him, another man, a security guard, and a woman who was walking a golden retriever. He then walked across the street to the courthouse.Video shows Clyde engaged in a shoot out with police before he runs across the street and into a parking lot. He then collapses.Clyde was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.No one else was injured during the incident.It is unclear why the gunman targeted the federal building.“We’re looking into motive,”FBI Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno said during a press conference.Authorities also detailed that Clyde was not on their watch list and that they are now searching through his social media and belongings to try and determine a motive.This is a developing story.last_img read more

Nancy Pelosi: House Will NOT Vote to Start Impeachment

first_imgCongress is back in session so of course impeachment of President Donald Trump is top of mind.Speaker Nancy Pelosi is speaking at a press conference Tuesday evening, after meeting with House Democrats to discuss the possibility of holding a vote on the ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Trump.Republicans have argued that the impeachment inquiry is illegitimate because the full House has not voted to formally begin an investigation. The inquiry is currently being carried out by several committees. The White House counsel has also cited the lack of a full vote as a reason that the White House is not cooperating with the inquiry. A formal House vote is not a step that is required by the Constitution to begin an impeachment inquiry, although previous inquiries have started with such a vote.The vote would force Democrats and Republicans to go on the record for their support, or lack thereof, for an impeachment inquiry. Some freshmen Democrats who flipped Republican seats in 2018 have been hesitant to come out in support for an impeachment inquiry, as it could be politically unpopular in their districts. However, such a vote would also force vulnerable Republicans to either align themselves with the president or risk alienating the Republican base.last_img read more

Rush Limbaugh diagnosed with advanced lung cancer

first_imgRush Limbaugh of  “The Rush Limbaugh Show, ” has announced that he is currently battling advanced lung cancer.The radio host made the announcement Monday  after two medical institutions confirmed his status on January 20th.According to reports, Rush went in for a check up after noticing something was wrong on January 12th.He now plans to take several days off from the show to undergo treatment.last_img