Daily Football Round-Up Friday 5th March

After a frantic night at White Hart Lane last night Tottenham fans, and dare I say it a few Arsenal and Chelsea fans, were holding their breath for the announcement on Gareth Bale’s injury after he rolled nastily on his ankle. Today Spurs have announced, to the relief of the supporters, that the Welsh forward will be back in two weeks’ time. Aaron Lennon will also be back in a fortnight but that means the pair will miss key games against Everton and Manchester City, as well as the away leg of their tie with Basle.

 

Everton boss David Moyes has admitted that while he has sympathy for his next opponents the injury problems are “not a bad thing” for his side. The Scot won the manager of the month award for March, while Spurs’ Jan Vertonghen was voted the best player.

 

Martin O’Neill has spoken out regarding his dismissal at Sunderland by saying he deserved more time after saving the club from relegation last season. His replacement Paolo Di Canio has come under some stick since his appointment, but QPR manager Harry Redknapp has said people should leave him alone and let him get on with his job.

 

The Rangers manager has also jumped to the defence of his under-fire centre back Christopher Samba and thinks he will bounce back and prove his class during Sunday’s “must-win” game against Wigan. Redknapp will be without Shaun Wright-Phillips for the game, and the rest of the season in fact, after the English winger underwent ankle surgery this week.

 

Roberto Mancini has challenged the notion that the table doesn’t lie by saying the gap between his Manchester City team and rivals United is not a true reflection of the ability in the two squads. He challenged his players to prove his point by winning the derby game at Old Trafford on Monday night.

 

Southampton goalkeeper Kelvin Davies claims the club’s form since they replaced Nigel Adkins with Mauricio Pochettino proves that the controversial decision was the right one. The Saints travel to Reading on Saturday following back-to-back victories against Liverpool and Chelsea.

 

Blackpool manager Paul Ince has dismissed speculation linking him with the Leicester City job. Pressure has been mounting on current boss Nigel Pearson since Monday’s defeat to Barnsley saw them drop out of the play-off places.

 

Steven Taylor still believes Newcastle United can reach the Europa League semi-final despite last night’s 3-1 away defeat to Benfica.

 

West Brom have begun contract talks with midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu as manager Steve Clarke believes the club need to hold on to their best players if they want to progress next season. He also stated that new signings are key to any future success as they can’t “rest on their laurels.”

 

Chelsea are apparently closing in on the signing of Bayer Leverkusen’s highly rated striker Andre Schurrle according to German newspaper Bild.