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Rooney ready but no Radamel return

first_imgWayne Rooney has been passed fit for the Manchester derby but Radamel Falcao remains out through injury, United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed. Van Gaal denied reports Rooney was suffering from a foot injury and insisted the Manchester United captain is ready to start following a three-match suspension. But Falcao, who missed the last two games after receiving a kick in training, is still injured. The Colombian will therefore miss Sunday’s hotly-anticipated game against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Trump announces new sanctions on Iran as tensions continue to escalate

first_imgPresident Trump confirmed Saturday that the U.S. would be imposing new sanctions on Iran as part of an effort to prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons.On Thursday, Iran shot down an unarmed U.S. Navy drone in what American officials say was international airspace.The drone cost more than $120 million and is considered one of America’s most sophisticated, unarmed surveillance aircraft.Trump sounded off immediately using Twitter to condemn Iran in which officials counter-responded by saying Iran “completely ready for war” with the U.S.On Friday, Trump admitted to calling off a retaliatory strike against Iran just ten minutes before it was set to go in motion.As tensions between the two countries continue to escalate President Trump made his most recent comments to reporters Saturday before leaving for Camp David noting that he called off the planned strike against Iran because it would have caused as many as 150 casualties.Instead, Trump said his administration is rolling out additional sanctions calling Iran “an economic mess.”He added that military action was still “a possibility,” while also saying that he hoped “Iran is smart and cares about its people.”This story is developing.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img— The Oilers pulled out a 2-1 win over the Wild on Alex Chiasson’s (CHAY’-sahnz) power-play goal 1:08 into overtime, Mikko Koskinen (MEE’-koh KAHS’-kih-nehn) stopped 42 shots and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tallied in Edmonton’s third straight win. Oilers forward Leon Draistaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) picked up his league-high 108th point with an assist.— San Jose ended Toronto’s three-game winning streak as Evander Kane provided two goals in the Sharks’ 5-2 victory against the Maple Leafs. Stefan Noesen (NAY’-sehn) and Antti Suomela (soo-oh-MEH’-lah) each added a goal and an assist for the Sharks. The Leafs wasted Auston Matthews’ 46th goal of the season.— The Islanders continued their slide from an Eastern Conference playoff berth with their fourth straight loss, 6-2 against the Canadiens. Joel Armia (ahr-MEE’-uh) and Brendan Gallagher each had a goal and an assist as Montreal beat New York for the sixth time in seven meetings. Carey Price needed to make just 20 saves and blanked the Islanders until Brock Nelson made it 4-1 with just under 14 minutes left.— Forward Kyle Connor has a career-high 35 goals after scoring twice while furnishing an assist in the Jets’ 3-1 victory over the Sabres. Connor scored on the power play and at even strength, and he set up a short-handed goal. Tucker Poolman also tallied and Connor Hellebuyck (HEH’-leh-buhk) made 25 saves for Winnipeg.— Kevin Fiala (fee-AH’-lah) scored for the fifth straight game and Minnesota moved ahead of Nashville in the Western Conference playoff race by topping the Predators, 3-1. Luke Kunin (KOO’-nihn) and Zach Parise (pah-REE’-say) also had goals and Alex Stalock (STAY’-lahk) made a season-high 37 saves for the Wild, who have won four times during Fiala’s streak. The Predators lost their third straight game and had a seven-game winning streak against Minnesota snapped. Seiko Hashimoto’s response to a question in the upper house of parliament implies the Olympics could be held later in the year and would not have to start on July 24 as planned.The issue of a delay follows the fast-spreading virus that has been blamed for 12 deaths in Japan and has shut down most schools, sports competitions and Olympic-related events in the country. NBA-NEWSKyrie Irving has shoulder surgeryUNDATED (AP) — Kyrie Irving has undergone surgery to repair the injured right shoulder that ended his first season with the Brooklyn Nets after just 20 games.The Nets say the procedure to relieve the impingement was performed Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery. The team says Irving is expected to make a full recovery.Irving began having trouble with the shoulder as he worked to get back in shape after another injury in the preseason. He missed 26 games before returning in January. March 4, 2020 Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard delivered 25 points and the Clippers picked up their fifth straight win by defeating Oklahoma City, 109-94. Paul George received a warm reception from Thunder fans before scoring 16 points against the team that traded him last summer. Montrezl (MAHN’-trehz) Harrell also had 16 points against the Thunder, who matched their most lopsided home loss of the season.Dennis Schroder (SHROO’-dur) scored 24 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari each added 15 for Oklahoma City.The Nuggets were stunned by the lowly Warriors as Eric Paschall (PAS’-kul) furnished nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter of Golden State’s 116-100 win at Denver. Andrew Wiggins finished with 22 points and 10 assists in the Warriors, second win in their last 11 games. The Nuggets led by 12 midway through the third quarter before the Warriors embarked on a 43-15 run.Checking out Tuesday’s other NBA action:— Anthony Davis scored 18 of his 37 points during the second-quarter to lead the Lakers past the 76ers 120-107. LeBron James had 22 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds for the Lakers, who moved to 47-13 with their ninth win in 10 games. Glenn Robinson III matched his career high with 25 points and Tobias Harris had 18, but the 76ers suffered their ninth straight road loss since Jan. 20. — Caris LeVert pumped in a season-high 51 points and the Nets halted a four-game losing streak by outlasting the Celtics, 129-120 in overtime at Boston. Brooklyn erupted for 51 points in the fourth quarter to erase a 17-point hole before outscoring the Celtics, 11-2 in OT. Jaylen Brown finished with a team-high 22 points and Kemba Walker had 21 for the Celts, who fell 1 ½ games behind the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors.— Toronto ended a three-game skid as Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) provided 33 points and Kyle Lowry added 28 in a 123-114 win at Phoenix. Siakam scored 12 in the third quarter to help the Raptors erase a seven-point halftime deficit. Norman Powell added 26 points while backup Chris Boucher furnished 19 points and 15 rebounds.— Malik Beasley contributed 28 points and D’Angelo Russell scored 14 of his 23 in the second half of the Timberwolves’ 139-134 downing of New Orleans. James Johnson scored 19 points and helped Minnesota shoot 55.7% from the field and 17-for-20 from the line. Zion Williamson scored 25 points and Jrue (jroo) Holiday had 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, who are four games behind Memphis for the final Western Conference playoff berth.— Dejounte (deh-ZHAHN’-tay) Murray scored 21 points and the Spurs gave Tim Duncan his first victory as an acting head coach with a 104-103 victory at Charlotte. San Antonio longtime coach Gregg Popovich missed the game while dealing with “personal business,” according to the team. Bryn Forbes added 15 points for the Spurs, who trailed by 17 in the first half.— De’Aaron Fox poured in 31 points and the Kings blew a 28-point lead before winning for the sixth time in seven games since the All-Star break, 133-126 versus the Wizards. Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 21 points and Buddy Hield (heeld) added 17 as Sacramento had seven players score in double figures. — Dylan Strome (strohm), Alex Nylander (NEE’-lan-dur) and Patrick Kane hit the net on consecutive shots late in the second period of the Blackhawks’ 6-2 trouncing of the Ducks. Strome scored twice and added an assist in the rout.MLB-NEWSSale has elbow sorenessUNDATED. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox say starter Chris Sale has undergone an MRI after experiencing soreness in his throwing elbow.Manager Ron Roenicke (REH’-nih-kee) said Sale felt the soreness in his elbow Monday morning, the day after his 18-pitch batting practice session. Sale missed the last seven weeks of last season due to elbow inflammation, finishing the year 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 25 starts. Irving signed with Brooklyn in July along with Kevin Durant, who is recovering from surgery to repair his Achilles tendon.In other NBA news:— The Pistons say guard Derrick Rose suffered a sprained right ankle during the first quarter of Sunday’s loss at Sacramento and is expected to be re-evaluated in two weeks. The 31-year-old Rose is averaging 18.1 points over 50 games this season, his highest scoring output since 2011-12. He was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2010-11 but hasn’t played more than 66 games in any season since.— Suns forward Kelly Oubre (OOL’-bray) Jr. will miss at least four weeks after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Phoenix has gone 0-3 while the 6-foot-7 Oubre sat out because of the injury. Oubre ranks third on the team with 18.7 points per game and is averaging 6.4 rebounds.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE Spartans beat Nittany Lions, catch TerrapinsUNDATED (AP) — Michigan State has pulled into a first-place tie with Maryland in the Big Ten.The 16th-ranked Spartans are 13-6 in the conference after turning a 19-point, first-half deficit into a 78-71 victory at No. 20 Penn State. Xavier Tillman Sr. scored 23 points and had 15 rebounds for Michigan State, which trailed 46-31 at intermission before scoring the first nine points of the second.Rocket Watts added 18 points, Cassius Winston had 14 and Aaron Henry chipped in 12 for the Spartans.The Terrapins lost for the third time in four games as Jacob Young came off the bench to score a team-high 17 points in Rutgers’ 78-67 win against Maryland. Montez Mathis added 15 points and Gio Baker had 11 as the Scarlet Knights snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 19-11 overall. In an interview with Bloomberg News, Chief Operating Officer Donald Remy did not dismiss the possibility of games being played with no fans in arenas. The games presumably would still be televised.The NCAA declined further comment to the AP on the possibility of no fans in the stands. Also, the NCAA announced it has established a coronavirus advisory panel of medical, public health and epidemiology experts and NCAA schools.TOKYO GAMES-POSTPONEMENT?Japan Olympic minister says games could be held any time in 2020TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Olympic minister says the contract to hold the Tokyo Games only specifies the event has to be held during 2020.center_img Associated Press The Bruins lead the division by nine points over the Lightning and pace the entire NHL with 96 points.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Brayden Schenn broke a 1-1 deadlock midway through the third period before the Blues completed a 3-1 victory over the Rangers. Jaden Schwartz added an empty-netter and set up the deciding goal as St. Louis won its eighth in a row to expand its lead in the Central Division to three points over Colorado. The Rangers remain seventh in the Metropolitan Division after their third straight loss.— The Penguins ended their six-game losing streak as Sidney Crosby scored and collected his 800th career assist in their 7-3 rout of Ottawa. Bryan Rust collected his third career hat trick for the Penguins, who tied a season high in goals and ended their longest slide in eight years. Pittsburgh defenseman John Marino tallied 48 seconds into his return after missing 11 games due to facial surgery.— William Karlsson notched his 100th career goal and Robin Lehner stopped 27 shots in his 300th career game to spark the Golden Knights to a 3-0 win over the Devils. Lehner recorded his first shutout of the season and improved to 2-0-0 since joining Vegas from Chicago at the trade deadline. Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH’-tee) and Ryan Reaves also scored as the Knights kept their two-point lead over Edmonton atop the Pacific Division. — Houston ace Justin Verlander says the groin tightness that has slowed him this spring is no longer worrisome. Verlander made his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday, throwing 2 2/3 innings against the Cardinals.— St. Louis pitcher Andrew Miller will be sidelined for an undetermined amount of time as he tries to regain the feel for his pitches. The two-time All-Star and 2016 ALCS MVP with Cleveland says there’s no pain, but that his release simply doesn’t feel right.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NCAA TOURNAMENTAn NCAA Tournament with empty arenas? It can’t be ruled outUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is ruling out no contingencies when it comes to coronavirus and the NCAA Tournament. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEClippers pass Nuggets for No. 2 seed in the WestUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have moved a game ahead of Denver for second place in the NBA’s Western Conference. Sale already was slated to start this season on the IL after reporting to camp with pneumonia.In other MLB news:— Carlos Carrasco made his first start for Cleveland since last May, allowing two runs over two innings against the Angels. He was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia last May and missed three months while undergoing treatment. He returned to pitch 15 innings of relief in September.— An arbitrator has accepted Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein’s rationale for delaying Kris Bryant’s debut at the start of the 2015 season. The ruling was that there was no proof of “a nefarious motive” by Epstein to delay the third baseman’s eligibility for free agency. The decision accepts Epstein’s explanation that injuries to Mike Olt and Tommy La Stella prompted the timing of Bryant’s call-up to the Cubs in April 2015. Had Bryant been brought up one day earlier, he would have been eligible for free agency after this season.—Yankees outfielders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are likely to miss the team’s season opener at Baltimore on March 26 because of their injuries. Judge is having more tests to determine the cause of soreness in the right pectoral area near his shoulder. Stanton strained his right calf last month. NHL-SCHEDULEBruins nip LightningUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins have added two more points to their lead in the NHL’s Atlantic Division by notching their third straight win.Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk provided power-play goals in the Bruins 2-1 triumph at Tampa Bay. Marchand opened the scoring in the last minute of the opening period and DeBrusk doubled Boston’s lead midway through the second.Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask stopped 20 shots and blanked the Bolts until Mitchel Stephens notched a short-handed goal late in the second period. Update on the latest in sports: Jalen Smith had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Maryland, while teammate Anthony Cowan added 19 points. But the Terps shot a horrendous 6 of 32 from 3-point range, including 2 of 16 in the first half.The Spartans and Terrapins will have company atop the conference if Wisconsin and Illinois each win their next game.In other top-25 action:— John Fulkerson scored a career-high 27 points and Tennessee rallied from a 17-point deficit to upset sixth-ranked Kentucky, 81-73 at Lexington. The Wildcats appeared in control leading 51-34 early in the second half before the Volunteers outscored them 29-9 over the next 10:09. Tyrese Maxey had 21 points and Immanuel Quickley 15 for the Wildcats.— Eric Hunter Jr. dropped in a career-high 19 points and Evan Boudreaux added 14 with 14 rebounds to help Purdue beat No. 18 Iowa, 77-68. The Boilermakers dominated inside, scoring 30 points in the paint and enjoying a 47-33 edge in rebounding. Luka Garza led the Hawkeyes with 26 points and 12 rebounds, his 15th double-double of the season.last_img read more

Barcelona sue Neymar over world record transfer to PSG

first_imgBARCELONA are suing former player Neymar for 8.5 million euros (£7.8M) over his world record move to Paris St-Germain PSG)The Brazil international made the 222 million euro (£200M) move to the French club in August after buying out his contract.Barcelona now want him to return a renewal bonus he was paid when he signed a new five-year deal just nine months before forcing through the move.“The club demands the player return the already paid sum as he has not completed his contract,” it said.As well as the 8.5 million euro bonus, the club wants “an additional 10% because of delayed payment”.The statement continued: “The club also requests Paris St-Germain take on responsibility for the payment of these fees if the player cannot do so himself.”The lawsuit was submitted on August 11 to the Labour Tribunal in Barcelona.Following the transfer, Barcelona announced the club was withholding a further 26 million euro (£M) loyalty bonus from the player.Neymar criticised the directors of the club on Sunday after scoring twice on his home debut for PSG in a 6-2 win over Toulouse.“I spent four beautiful years there and parted happy,” said the 25-year-old. “But with (the board), no.“For me, they are not the people who should be there, for the direction of Barca. Barca deserve much better.(BBC Sport).last_img read more

Lara ’embarrassed’ by unsporting West Indies behaviour of old

first_imgBy George DobellBRIAN Lara has implored the top sides in world cricket “to ensure that the integrity of the game is upheld” and admitted there were times he was “truly embarrassed” by the behaviour of the West Indies side he represented.Lara, delivering the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture at Lord’s, not only called on batsmen to “walk” but suggested the leading sides had a responsibility to “show the way and lead the way” in which the game is played.And, despite the outstanding record of the West Indies sides of the 1980s and early 1990s, Lara felt they were occasions when the tactics they employed resulted in their “playing the game in a way it should never, ever be played.”In particular, Lara raised the notorious series against New Zealand in 1980, when Colin Croft shoulder-barged an umpire and Michael Holding kicked over the stumps in frustration, and two series (against Pakistan in 1988 and England in 1990) when he suggested West Indies employed a certain amount of gamesmanship to win at any cost.“The highest-ranked team in the world has the responsibility to ensure that the integrity of the game is upheld every single time they play,” Lara said. “And that the spirit of cricket is with them every time they enter the field.“I grew up at a time when West Indies dominated the world. For 15 years from 1980, the West Indies never lost a Test series. And just before that, Colin Croft decided he was going to take a piece out of Fred Goodall’s shoulder and ran into him during a Test Match.Michael Holding decided he was no longer a cricketer, he was a footballer and he kicked a stump. I’m sure the occurrences during that period had a big effect on cricket.”Despite it being a period when people in the Caribbean were “accustomed to victory after victory,” Lara suggested it was a time he was “not very proud of”. He confessed to being “embarrassed” when a series of umpiring decisions helped West Indies overcome Pakistan in 1988. In particular, he felt Viv Richards was fortunate to survive a leg-before appeal against Imran Khan and Jeffrey Dujon fortunate to survive an appeal for a catch off Abdul Qadir.Lara referred to events in the 1990 series against England as “disturbing” and suggested that seeing his heroes behave in such a manner was “one of the saddest moments in the world”.“Everyone said England had no chance,” Lara said. “But they won in Jamaica and, in Trinidad, even after rain, had ample time to chase down a small total.“I had never seen groundsmen and officials fight for Man-of-the-Match. They moved lethargic, slow. If there was a wet spot someone went off the field, they came back with nothing in their hands, they took their time to ensure this game was not going to start any time soon.“Eventually, it started with a couple of hours to go and England still had time. We bowled, in one hour, seven overs. It was dark and Graham Gooch had to call his troops from the field and West Indies grabbed a draw.“This is maybe the most embarrassing moment for me as a young West Indian, watching a West Indies team time-wasting, playing the game in a way it should never, ever be played.“I was 12th man. I was very, very guilty. I was running out with laces, a banana, water, cough tablets, all sorts of things in that last hour. It was truly embarrassing.“They went on to Barbados. It was another keenly-fought Test and Rob Bailey was batting with not much time to go for a drawn Test. He flicked the ball down the leg side and Jeffrey Dujon dived and collected. The first slip – I’m not going to call his name – ran towards the umpire and signalled. The umpire wasn’t taking him on but he kept going and going and eventually he stuck his finger up and gave Bailey out. It definitely wasn’t out.“England sort of lost faith in the game. They lost that Test and the next in Antigua for West Indies to win the series 2-1.“As a West Indian, I was truly embarrassed. As a young cricketer who looked up to a lot of the individuals in the team, it was one of the saddest moments in the world. For me, I felt the West Indies being the best team in the world needed to play cricket in a different way.”Lara also suggested that such gamesmanship actually damaged Caribbean cricket in the long run. The series wins they achieved over Pakistan and England allowed them, Lara claims, to overlook their flaws that might have been addressed had they lost.“People talk about the Tests series we lost in 1995 as the time we began to spiral,” Lara said. “I felt we started to spiral years before that when the great players were playing.“And if Pakistan or England got what they deserved in 1988 and 1990, I feel the West Indies officials would have taken a different look into what to do to save West Indies cricket at a time we had senior players who could have guided the younger players to have ensured we were on the right footing. But that didn’t happen.”Lara also used the lecture to appeal for the introduction of a Boxing Day Test in the Caribbean – “the amount of you guys who could come out to Barbados and Antigua would, I’m sure, fill the stadium,” he said – and congratulated the West Indies side that recently won the Leeds Test.Quoting a text message he had received from Sachin Tendulkar, Lara referred to it as “a success the entire world needed”.last_img read more

Jones says he needs to make more changes to backroom team

first_imgJones’ comments come ahead of the summer tour of Australia….and following his side’s Six Nations grand slam during his first tournament in charge.The coach says there are still lots of areas of the game for his side to work on and he’ll be looking for new faces to join his coaching staff.last_img

Intermediate hurling and football titles decided

first_imgA last-gasp point earned Fethard the Tipperary Water Intermediate Football Championship title.Brian Healy scored two minutes into second-half stoppage time to earn the South Tipp club a 1-11 to 2-7 win against Golden-Kilfeacle at Leahy Park, Cashel. Newport are the Tipperary Water Intermediate hurling champions.They defeated Thurles Sarsfields 1-17 to 0-15 in the final, which was played in Dundrum.Their win also means that they return to the senior ranks for the first time since 2005.last_img

Aiteo Cup 2017 Men’s Final Venue Finally Revealed

first_imgThe Nest of Champions in Uyo, Akwa Ibom has been picked as the venue for Aiteo Cup 2017 men’s final scheduled to hold on October 8, 2017.According to sources close to busybuddiesng.com, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) arrived at the choice of Uyo as venue due to logistics.The same venue is the adopted home of the Super Eagles in recent times and it will play hosts to the crucial Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia just a day before the Aiteo Cup final (on October 7).Also, the Nigerian Women Professional Football League (NWPL) Super Four tournament would start in Benin City 24 hours after the Aiteo Cup (from October 9 to October 14).The women’s final venue had earlier been confirmed by NFF’s 1st vice president,  Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, who revealed that Bayelsa would be the centre for the final clash slated for October 2, 2017.RelatedAITEO Cup Men’s Final Venue RevealedOctober 2, 2017In “Nigeria”AITEO Cup: First Round Draw To Hold In Lagos On FridayAugust 10, 2017In “Nigeria”Female AITEO Cup Final To Be Played In Bayelsa – NFF ChiefJuly 11, 2017In “Competition”last_img read more

Manchester United signs new betting and gaming partner

first_img StumbleUpon Submit New mobile betting and gaming brand, MoPlay, is looking to expand its global presence by signing a multi-year partnership with Manchester United. MoPlay has emphasised its promise to provide its audience with a fast, simple, personal and secure service, aimed at enhancing its player’s mobile gaming experience. This partnership with Manchester United, the world’s most iconic football club, will see the two create exclusive collaborative content for fans, as well as engage in innovative co-branded activations around the world.MoPlay’s CEO, Juergen Reutter, commented on the new partnership: “We are immensely proud to partner with what we regard as the biggest sports club in the world. Engaging in such a high-profile partnership so soon after our inception truly puts our exciting new brand on the map. As we embark on the first steps of our journey, it is our ambition to create the kind of successful dynasty Manchester United is renowned for. “We look forward to working closely with the club’s vast array of talent – from all areas of the organisation, on and off the pitch – in order to reward the passion of the fans and deliver them an enhanced betting experience across the globe. Our motto is to #MoveOnUp, and we aim to make that ethos a reality, alongside the team, for the seasons ahead.”MoPlay boasts a bold, modern design tailored for a new generation of tech savvy sports fans and is purpose built to bring them a more entertaining way to play. MoPlay’s offering focuses on live in-play experiences for the moments that matter most across its product portfolio of sports, casino and games.Manchester United’s Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold added: “MoPlay are an innovative and dynamic company looking to further enhance our fans’ gaming experience. They are an exciting new brand that aims to modernise and improve the betting industry and we are delighted to be part of this journey.” Share MoPlay declared insolvent following licence suspension February 24, 2020 David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling faces a pivotal moment March 31, 2020 GLA suspends Addison Global licence over solvency issues February 20, 2020 Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

Danny Welbeck targets New Year return for Arsenal

first_imgDanny Welbeck is targeting a return to action in the new year as his recovery from injury steps up.The Arsenal and England forward has not featured this season having undergone knee surgery in September – just days after the transfer window closed.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had to defend himself against claims he knew the former Manchester United man needed an operation but still refused to sign a new striker – saying he had no idea that surgery was required.Arsenal currently sit second in the Premier League having beaten United 3-0 before the international break – with Welbeck also missing England securing safe passage to next summer’s European Championships.But now the 24-year-old has revealed his leg brace has been removed and he wants to be back in contention in early 2016.”It’s difficult to put an exact date on it, around the New Year,” he told Sport 360. “After I had the operation, I was in a leg brace for about four weeks – which wasn’t easy. I had to do a lot of machine work, about six hours a day.”Sleeping in a leg brace isn’t good. At night it’s not comfortable, it’s the first time I’ve slept on my back in years.”It’s good to finally be out of the brace now and walking. It feels like I’m getting that little bit closer to getting back out on the pitch.”Should Welbeck be fit and available, the chances are he will be included in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for France 2016 having scored six goals in the five qualification games he featured in.But for now Welbeck is instead focusing on getting back to playing for Arsenal before he starts contemplating another major international competition. “I am not looking ahead to the Euros at the moment,” he added.”I need to get back for Arsenal first, then see what happens. It is never good to get injured at any point. It is frustrating.”I missed the back end of last season, then came back into pre-season training and you go through it all again with the rehab. It is frustrating.”But it is something which is part and parcel of the game. It is something I have to deal with.”– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more