Friday 23 February 2018

In brief: Ablett diagnosed with blood cancer

Ipswich coach Gary Ablett has been diagnosed with a form of blood cancer.

The 44-year-old former Liverpool and Everton defender was taken ill last week and has since been diagnosed as suffering from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Ablett, who was in charge of Stockport as they were relegated to League Two last season, only recently took up a coaching role at Ipswich under Roy Keane.

Anderson escapes

horror car crash

Brazilian midfielder Anderson is expected to return to Manchester this week after escaping with only minor injuries from a horrific car crash in Portugal.

The 22-year-old Manchester United star had to be pulled out of the wreckage of his Audi 8 sports car shortly before it burst into flames after hitting a wall in the early hours of last Saturday.

The Brazilian is still recovering from a ruptured cruciate ligament injury that he suffered in February.

Campbell hits back at 'fat belly' critics

Newcastle new boy Sol Campbell has branded criticism of his physical condition as "pathetic" and vowed he will be back to peak fitness "in three or four weeks".

The 35-year-old former England centre-back was labelled "fat belly" on Magpies' supporters' messageboards after the publication of a less-than-flattering training photograph last weekend.

Campbell accepts he has work to do but claims his current state is no cause for concern.

"It's pathetic," he said of the abuse. "I had been training for three days -- just three days. I am three weeks behind everyone else in pre-season. Don't they know I have just got married and been on honeymoon?"

Baggio eager to take up Italy role

Italy legend Roberto Baggio is on the verge of sealing a return to football after agreeing to be part of the staff of the national set-up.

Baggio, who retired in 2004, held a two-hour discussion with Italian football federation president Giancarlo Abete yesterday and is expected to officially be confirmed as technical committee president after a board meeting tomorrow.

Baggio scored 27 goals in 56 appearances for Italy, and is the only Azzurri player ever to score in three World Cup finals. He led them to the World Cup final in 1994, scoring five goals in the knockout stages, but infamously missed the final spot-kick in the penalty shootout against Brazil.

The playmaker enjoyed a glittering 22-year career with several clubs such as Milan, Juventus and Fiorentina.

Irish Independent

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