Thursday 15 November 2018

Doherty injury scare

SOCCER LATEST BRIAN KERR'S U18 Development Squad lost their opening game in the Feyenoord Tournament in Rotterdam last night going down 3-0 to PSV Eindhoven.

But the game was overshadowed by an injury to Liverpool centre-half Kevin Doherty who was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg. The injury is almost certain to rule him out of the European Championship Finals in Sweden this July.

Ireland created plenty of chances in the first half and had a Clive Clarke goal disallowed before PSV took the lead just before half-time.

The Dutch extended it midway through the second-half when Clarke conceded a penalty and although Joe Murphy stopped the kick he was beaten on the rebound.

PSV added a third six minutes from time while the Irish had at least two penalty claims denied.

IRELAND: Murphy (Tranmere); Geary (Sheffield Wednesday), Clarke (Stoke City), Doherty (Liverpool), Frost (Waterford United); Miller (Celtic), Shields (Peterbrough), Martyn (UCD), Partridge (Liverpool); Barrett (Arsenal), Fitzpatrick (Southend). Subs: O'Meara (Liverpool) for Frost, Delaney (UCD) for Doherty, Drew (Home Farm) for Partridge, Crowe (Wolves) for Martyn.

TEDDY SHERINGHAM yesterday received his expected recall to the England squad but there was no place for Liverpool's Paul Ince in Kevin Keegan's 22-man squad for the Euro 2000 qualifiers against Sweden and Bulgaria next month.

Keegan broke the news to Ince less an hour before unveiling his squad and said the Liverpool captain was devastated, but he insisted that the international door was never closed and pointed to 33-year-old Sheringham as proof.

Steve McManaman, still heartbroken by the death of his mother earlier this month, has also been left out but Robbie Fowler is recalled despite being banned for the last six games of the season.

ENGLAND SQUAD: Seaman (Arsenal), Walker (Tottenham), Wright (Ipswich), Campbell (Tottenham), Southgate (Aston Villa), Keown (Arsenal), Ferdinand (West Ham), P Neville (Man Utd), Le Saux (Chelsea), Woodgate (Leeds), Gray (Sunderland), Batty (Leeds), Beckham (Man Utd), Sherwood (Tottenham), Redknapp (Liverpool), Scholes (Man Utd), Parlour (Arsenal), Shearer (Newcastle), Sheringham (Man Utd), Heskey (Leicester), Cole (Man Utd), Fowler (Liverpool).

ASTON VILLA goalkeeper Mark Bosnich is poised to return to Manchester United the club where he began his English football career.

Bosnich, 27, is expected to join the European champions on a free transfer under the Bosman ruling to replace Peter Schmeichel. Bosnich played three first team games for United between 1989 and 1991 before being forced to return to Australia to renew his work permit.

ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger yesterday completed the signing of right-back Oleg Luzhny from Dynamo Kiev. Wenger had to fight off interest from Newcastle and Middlesbrough to get Luzhny for what is believed to be a knockdown price of around £1.8m.

STAN COLLYMORE has denied allegations of drug taking and agreed to random testing by the English FA's doping control unit. Collymore has been the subject of an FA probe after claims that he took drugs while being treated for depression.

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