Man Utd News: Rooney recovery date, Arsenal warning, double Chelsea scrap worth £75m

Long wait for Rooney recovery
Wayne Rooney may not recover from a knee injury in time for Euro 2016, Express Sport understands.

Manchester United’s captain suffered the problem during the Red Devils’ 2-1 loss at Sunderland last weekend.

He has been forced to wear a protective brace after damaging his knee ligaments.

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And it is feared he would require surgery if the brace proves ineffective.

Surgery could rule the 30-year-old out for the rest of the season and force him to miss England’s two friendlies next month.

The Three Lions’ first Euro 2016 group clash, against Russia, is on 11 June – just four weeks after the last game of the Premier League season.

England are expected to arrange up to three pre-tournament friendlies between then and the start of the Championships.

Rooney (left) could miss the Euros, Sanchez wants a win and Stones (top right) could leave Everton
Sanchez warning
United face Arsenal today in the Premier League (2.05pm) hoping to recoup ground on the top four.

They sit seven points off fourth-place Manchester City, who play against Liverpool in the League Cup final later today.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are gunning for the title and Alexis Sanchez says a repeat of their 3-0 drubbing of the Red Devils earlier in the season would greatly boost those hopes.

“That really was the best match we’ve played all season.

“We went out there and put pressure on them having gone out with the mentality to win.

“That day, before we all went out for the match, if you looked into the eyes of all the players you could see we all had this hunger to win.

“There was just a look on our faces that we wanted it and, when you have that, you know you’re going to be hard to beat and that’s what happened – we went out with that mentality.”

“We are obliged to win this match to put ourselves into a position where we can fight hard for the title.

“Manchester United are a very strong team with a great history of football. They have all this history behind them and it’s going to be a hard match.

“Now the focus is on the Premier League and trying to win – that’s important for me, the team, for everyone. I’m very happy here.”

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Hundreds more urge BBC to scrap ‘Scottish Six’ news plan

More than 6,000 people have now signed a petition urging Lord Hall to drop the proposal as it is claimed that it would leave the BBC vulnerable to the SNP’s “obsession with control and media management”

A Scottish Six news bulletin would leave the BBC’s current affairs coverage vulnerable to the SNP’s “obsession with control and media management”, it has been claimed as hundreds more Scots added their names to a petition calling for the plan to be scrapped.

Alastair Cameron, director of the campaign group Scotland in Union, said the country needs a “strong media” to hold the SNP government to account and the change could lead to the BBC being “manipulated to promote independence.”

His warning was echoed by a series of signatories to the online petition, which has now reached more than 6,000 names in less than three days, with one opponent stating that she wanted to continue watching “national news, not a second-rate Scottish one.”

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Oxfordshire leaders in bid to scrap county council

A “ground-breaking” bid to abolish Oxfordshire County Council has been proposed by the county’s five district council leaders.

Plans to create four unitary councils are part of a devolution bid that would give the authorities greater powers.

Two councils in Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire would also join the new structure under the proposals.

Oxfordshire’s deputy leader Rodney Rose said he would “regret anything” that saw the county’s identity disappear.

In a joint statement, the leaders of West Oxfordshire, Oxford, Cherwell, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse councils, said they were asking the government to agree to the plan and support a devolution deal that would allow joint working with the NHS, police and Local Enterprise Partnership.

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‘Scrap FIFA and start again’, says Lord Triesman

Triesman has been a long-term critic of the world governing body and made allegations of ‘improper and unethical’ behaviour by four FIFA members in the House of Commons in 2011.

The 72-year-old, who resigned from his FA and World Cup 2018 bid posts in 2010, says he doubts the capacity of any of the current FIFA presidential candidates to change a “deep-seated culture” of corruption.

He told Sky Sports News HQ: “I don’t think they’ve achieved any reforms yet. They keep saying they’re on the way but I’ve heard that quite a number of times in the past.

“It’s a very deep-seated culture, and a very bad one, and it takes a lot of eradicating. My feeling is that it would be better to tear the model up and start again.

“My suspicion is that it’s in terminal decline as an organisation – too many people know the truth about it.


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