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Rodgers excited by Sturridge's Liverpool return LONDON: Daniel Sturridge is set to make his Liverpool return on Saturday after five months out and for manager Brendan Rodgers there is hope for what he can bring and lingering disappointment over what might have been.When Sturridge was ruled out with a thigh injury on international duty in early September, Liverpool's goals dried up.Left without the services of their top two scorers from the previous season, with Luis Suarez sold to Barcelona last July, Liverpool's season effectively imploded.A recent resurgence has been built around a change of system with Raheem Sterling drafted in to a makeshift striker's role, but he has effectively been keeping the position warm until Sturridge could make his comeback.That looks likely to happen against West Ham United at Anfield on Saturday.While Rodgers remains cautious about rushing the England forward back into action, he is certain their season would have panned out differently had Sturridge stayed ...

Guinea handed Nations Cup quarter-final place MALABO: Guinea will play in the African Nations Cup quarter-finals after qualifying instead of Mali by the drawing of lots at a ceremony in Malabo on Thursday.Lots were drawn to determine second place in Group D after both countries finished level after their three opening round matches. Ivory Coast won the group.Three successive 1-1 draws for both teams meant they could not be separated by points, their head-to-head result, goal difference or goals scored.Guinea will ...
Toulon's Armitage to appear in court over fight TOULON: Toulon flanker Steffon Armitage will appear in court on February 10 over a fight in a restaurant last month as teammate Xavier Chiocci was cleared of involvement, judicial sources said Thursday.Armitage, last season's European player of the year and capped five times by England, and France international Chiocci were alleged to have struck a 31-year-old man on December 13 in a Toulon restaurant where they had spent an evening drinking after their side's 23-8 ...
Dortmund's Hummels plays down Man Utd interest BERLIN: Germany centre-back Mats Hummels has played down reports of a planned bid from Manchester United with the Borussia Dortmund captain insisting his only focus is helping the Bundesliga strugglers.The British media have linked the 26-year-old to a 37 million pound (49.46m euros, 55.97m dollars) bid from Louis van Gaal's United with the Dutch coach a fan of the German defender.Hummels has a contract until 2017 and says the latest speculation will not distract him ...
Allardyce rebukes Senegal over Sakho, Kouyate LONDON: West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce on Thursday criticised Senegal over their behaviour with regard to his club's players Diafra Sakho and Cheikhou Kouyate.Sakho was ruled out of the Africa Cup of Nations with a back injury, but made a scoring appearance as a substitute for West Ham in the FA Cup last weekend, prompting questions from Senegal coach Alain Giresse.Meanwhile, Allardyce has been frustrated that West Ham have been unable to contact midfielder ...
The football world supports me, claims Ginola MADRID: Former France international David Ginola has claimed the football world is with him in his unlikely bid to try and unseat Sepp Blatter as FIFA president.Ginola launched his controversial bid backed by an Irish bookmakers earlier this month."I know it is very difficult to beat Blatter, but I think the football world is with me," Ginola told Spanish sports daily Marca on Thursday."It cannot be that football is the most popular sport, but the ...
Berdych sour at missing out on Aussie Open final      MELBOURNE: Tomas Berdych was in a sour mood after missing his chance to make his first Australian Open final as Andy Murray charged on in the tournament on Thursday.The Czech seventh seed, who went in with a 6-4 winning record over the Scot and had won their last two meetings, could not reproduce his heroics from his previous round upset of Rafael Nadal and bowed out in a fusilade of errors.While Berdych did not serve ...


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