Boost for Everton as Mirallas set to play part in festive period

first_img Kevin Mirallas 1 Everton boss Roberto Martinez has received a boost with the news Kevin Mirallas has not sustained significant damage to his right ankle.Martinez feared Mirallas could be out for a lengthy period after the Belgian forward was carried off on a stretcher following a challenge by Jordon Mutch during the 3-1 win over QPR on Monday.However, Everton’s worst fears have been allayed after scans revealed minor ligament damage which should mean the 27-year-old is available for at least part of the festive period.“We have great news as we were very worried after the game because it was an action where you feel the ankle is definitely damaged,” said Martinez.“The damage is the least it could be. It is an external ligament in his ankle and the way he is as a quick healer I don’t expect him to be out for too long.“I wouldn’t rule him out for any of the fixtures over the Christmas period.”There was more good news on midfielder Leon Osman as Martinez revealed he will not require an operation on an ankle problem which has sidelined him since early December.“I don’t expect Leon to be out for too long,” added the Toffees boss.“When we started to assess the problem, that was the worst-case scenario to go through an operation but he has reacted well enough to the treatment and we are very hopeful he will be okay without an operation.“Darron Gibson (knee) will be joining the group today and we will assess him after that and James McCarthy (hamstring) is making good progress and both will be assessed before the Southampton game. It is a 50-50 situation for both for Saturday.”last_img read more

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Ronaldo off the mark as Juventus maintain 100% record

first_img0Shares0000Double delight: Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goals for Juventus in a 2-1 over Sassuolo in Turin © AFP / Miguel MEDINAMILAN, Italy, Sep 17 – Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first competitive goals for Juventus on Sunday, with a second-half double that ensured a 2-1 win over Sassuolo to make it four victories from as many Serie A games.But there was controversy in Turin as Juventus winger Douglas Costa was sent off late on after being caught on camera spitting at Sassuolo’s Federico Di Francesco. Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, who arrived amid great pomp and ceremony following a 100-million-euro ($117 million) deal from Real Madrid, tapped in from barely a yard out after a goalmouth scramble on 50 minutes.The 33-year-old added a second 15 minutes later following a counter-attack orchestrated by Emre Can as the defending seven-time Italian champions moved three points clear of Napoli.“I’m happy. I worked hard and I knew that the goals would come,” said Ronaldo.“I thank my teammates who really helped me and allowed me to adapt to Italian football.”Ronaldo — Real Madrid’s record all-time goalscorer — showed his frustration, however, kicking the post as he missed two more chances.“This is football. The important thing is that the team wins. I was a little tense with all the talk after my move from Real Madrid and not scoring, so there were a lot of expectations, but I thank my teammates for supporting me throughout.”Senegalese striker Khouma Babacar headed in a consolation goal for Sassuolo in injury-time as the side from Modena fell to their first defeat of the season.Costa later apologised for his late red card for elbowing and spitting at Di Francesco — the 24-year-old son of Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco.“Over the top reaction” – Brazilian Douglas Costa apologises for spitting at Federico Di Francesco. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLO“I would like to apologise to all the Juventus fans for my wrong reaction during today’s game,” wrote Costa on Instagram.“I also apologise to my teammates, who are always by my side, in good and bad times. It was ugly, I am aware of that and I apologise to everyone for that.“I want to make clear that this isolated conduct has nothing to do with what I’ve shown throughout my career.”Juventus are the only unbeaten side after Napoli inflicted a first loss on Fiorentina on Saturday with a 1-0 win ahead of next week’s Champions League trip to Red Star Belgrade.Sassuolo are third with seven points.Bolstered by five-time winner Ronaldo, Juventus begin their quest for a first Champions League title since 1996 at Valencia on Wednesday.“The Champions League is my favourite tournament,” said Ronaldo, who scored 15 goals in the tournament last season. “It’s a very difficult group, we know that we can do well and Juve must focus on being the best.”– Roma, Milan held –Roma’s confidence was dented ahead of their daunting midweek trip to Champions League holders Real Madrid, as bottom club Chievo came from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw at the Stadio Olimpico.Stephan El Shaarawy and Bryan Cristante put Roma, who lost to AC Milan before the international break, firmly in command at half-time.But Chievo, beaten 6-1 by Fiorentina last time out and on minus points after being deducted three points by the Italian football federation for false accounting, battled back in the second half.Valter Birsa pulled a goal back in the 52nd minute, with Polish striker Mariusz Stepinski sealing a point for the club from Verona seven minutes from time.“This was a game we had under control, we should have killed it off. This can’t happen against Real,” said Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco.Gonzalo Higuain scored his first goal for AC Milan to rescue a point in Cagliari. © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOThe Roma coach added: “We’ll be going out to challenge Real Madrid on Wednesday. We mustn’t lose our heads, even if these results destabilise us.”Roma are ninth with five points from four games — already seven points adrift of Juventus — and also behind city rivals Lazio who won at Empoli with Marco Parolo scoring the only goal.On-loan Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain scored his first goal for AC Milan on 55 minutes to snatch a 1-1 draw at Cagliari, after Joao Pedro had opened the scoring for the hosts in just the fourth minute.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Acakoro storm Chapa Dimba semis in Meru

first_imgThis is after Acakoro beat favourites Ndhiwa Queens from Nyanza 3-2 while in the other quarter-final, Barcelona Ladies were 2-1 winners over St Marys’ Ndovea from Eastern.Bishop Njenga Girls from Western did not turn up for the games due to prior commitments, giving Kitale Queens from Rift Valley a walk over to the semis.“We’ve had a good victory today. The matches were tough but the girls were tactical and focused. Our opponents had more physique and well-built but we played a more tactical in our game.  We never underestimated our opponent and that has always been our secret to success. We look forward for another victory tomorrow in the semis,” said Pauline Awuor, Coach Acakoro Ladies.-Boys contest-Ali Nasri of Supersolico (L) battles for the ball with Lugari Blue Saints WycliffAbungana in the knockout matches in the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom national finalsat the Kinoru stadium, Meru. Lugari Blue Saints qualified for the quarter finals bywinning 3-0.In the boys’ quarterfinals, Al Ahly from Rift won 3-1 against Berlin FC from North Eastern as South B United from Nairobi beat Shimanzi Youth from Coast 1-0.Lugari Blue Saints from Western also booked a space in the semis after scoring 3-0 against Super Solico from Eastern.Nyanza Champions Manyatta United were 4-1 winners over Euronuts from Central to book their slot in the semis as well.South B United will face Al-Ahly as Lugari Blue Saints prepare to face Manyatta United in the semis set for Saturday.“Our win today is as a result of hard work and team spirit. The game was tough but we made it. Our focus is to win the finals and be the champions,” said Oscar Kengwa, striker – Al-Ahly FC.The winners of the quarterfinals pocketed Sh250,000 cash reward each and will now proceed to the semifinals set for Friday and Saturday.The girls will play their semifinals on Friday (tomorrow) while the boys will play on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dache Rehema (L) of Ndhiwa Queens from Nyanza battles for the ball with MitchelleAkoth (R) of Acakoro ladies from Nairobi during the knockout matches in the ChapaDimba na Safaricom national finals at the Kinoru stadium, Meru. Acakoro qualifiedfor the quarter finals by winning 3-2.MERU, Kenya, June 20 – Nairobi Region representatives in the girls competition Acakoro Ladies will face Changamwe Ladies from Mombasa in the semi-finals of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom on Friday at the Kinoru Stadium in Meru.The other semi will see Barcelona Ladies from Central face Kitale Queens from Rift Valley.last_img read more

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