Delph returns to Villa training

first_img However, Paul Lambert revealed the Yorkshireman is making good progress since having surgery and was able to make a tentative return to training this week. The Villa boss, also without key defenders Ron Vlaar and Philippe Senderos at the moment, said: “Fabian’s coming on, he trained with the team today. “It’s non-contact at the minute but he’s doing really well. “Ron will maybe do a bit of training on Saturday with the team, he’s more advanced than Philippe. He’s coming on. I’d like to think we can get into the new year with both of them back. “That’s the target, though we can’t put too much pressure on them. And if things go well with Philippe, maybe we can get him back by the end of the month. “Slowly but surely we’re starting to get guys back.” Lambert has taken stick from some supporters recently as Villa show signs of heading for another flirt with relegation but he insists things are not as bad as many suggest. Ahead of Sunday’s clash with Leicester, he said: “We’re sitting 12th at the moment, two points behind Everton, who had a massive season last year, so it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s the media who portray that. “We are where we are. We had a hard run of games but we’re undefeated in the last four matches and they’ve been tough, tough games for us but we’re slowly but surely getting there.” Midfielder Joe Cole has been ruled out for around two weeks with a hamstring injury suffered in Tuesday’s win over Crystal Palace but Lambert hopes he can return sooner. Press Association The 25-year-old dislocated his shoulder in October and was ruled out until the end of December. Delph, who has impressed since breaking into Roy Hodgson’s side this season, missed England’s recent Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and the friendly against Scotland as well as crucial Barclays Premier League games for Villa. center_img England midfielder Fabian Delph returned to training on Friday as he fights to return for some of Aston Villa’s Christmas fixtures. last_img read more

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Colorado man handcuffed for playing T-ball with daughter in empty park

first_imgBrighton police have said an investigation into its treatment of Mooney is underway.”The Brighton Police Department is currently conducting an investigation into a situation that occurred late this afternoon at Donelson Park,” the department wrote in a Sunday statement on Facebook. “This is an active investigation and we are unable to provide additional information until the investigation is complete.”Brighton officials did not immediately respond to a request for further comment from Sporting News on the manner in which police are instructed to enforce social distancing guidelines, or whether there were previously unreported rules for local parks about which residents had not been told. Former city councilman Kirby Wallin happened to be in the area as police handcuffed Mooney, and filmed the event with his phone.MORE: Three ideas better than MLB playing the 2020 season in Arizona“(My daughter) was like, ‘Daddy, I don’t want you to get arrested,'” Mooney told KDVR. “At this point I’m thinking, ‘There’s no way they’re going to arrest me, this is insane.’ I’m telling her, ‘Don’t worry, Daddy’s not going to get arrested. I’ve done nothing wrong. Don’t worry about it,’ and then they arrest me.” A man in Brighton, Colo., is demanding an apology from the city’s police department for handcuffing him in front of his daughter before briefly detaining him in a patrol car on Sunday. The reason, per Denver TV station KDVR: He was playing T-ball in an empty park.Matt Mooney said a group of officers approached him, asked for his identification and said he was violating state social distancing guidelines. There are no laws in Colorado banning people from going to parks, however; the specific park Mooney visited has a sign specifically allowing gatherings of fewer than five people. Mooney’s 6-year-old daughter and wife were with him.last_img read more

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The end of the Messi-Ronaldo era? Football rings the changes in 2018

first_imgStill just 19 at the time, Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe also became the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele as France won the trophy for the second time by beating Luka Modric’s Croatia 4-2 in the final on a dark and damp Sunday in Moscow.The World Cup itself was a joy to watch, a richly entertaining tournament full of memorable games and concluding with the highest-scoring final since 1966.From Spain’s 3-3 draw with Portugal in the group stage, featuring a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick, to Belgium’s 2-1 quarter-final win over Brazil and Croatia’s epic semi-final defeat of England in extra time, it was studded with memorable matches.But it was much more than that. “Maybe this is one of the weirdest World Cups,” said Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic.His team’s remarkable run to the final and the premature exits of Germany, Spain and Argentina showed that international football can still be unpredictable.Luka Modric won the Ballon d’Or after driving Croatia to the World Cup final and winning another Champions League with Real Madrid © AFP/File / Johannes EISELEIt will also probably be remembered as the tournament that marked the end of Messi and Ronaldo’s dreams of lifting the World Cup.They were eliminated on the same day in the last 16, and 2018 could be remembered as the year when the Messi-Ronaldo era ended.Both enjoyed prolific years, with the Argentine driving Barcelona to a Spanish league and cup double and Ronaldo winning another Champions League with Real Madrid before moving to Juventus in the transfer of the year.– Modric takes Ballon d’Or –However, their numbers are down on the phenomenal figures of past years, and instead it was the impish playmaker Modric who won the Ballon d’Or, and FIFA’s best player award, on the strength of his role in Madrid’s Champions League triumph and Croatia’s World Cup run. He was also the best player in Russia.Ronaldo and Messi had shared the Ballon d’Or between them for the last decade, winning five each. Ronaldo was second this time, while Messi was fifth, behind Antoine Griezmann and Mbappe.“Nobody has the right to compare themselves to them. They are among the best in the history of the sport,” Modric told France Football. “To follow on from them is incredible, and I am proud of it.”Crowned the best young player, Mbappe will hope the future belongs to him.Gareth Bale came off the bench to score twice as Real Madrid beat Liverpool in the Champions League final in Kiev © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEAt club level, his PSG side are among the teams desperate to end Real’s run of three straight Champions League titles.The Spaniards beat Liverpool in this year’s final in Kiev with Gareth Bale scoring twice, and will hope to retain the trophy next year with the final in Madrid.Meanwhile, there is lots to look forward to at international level in 2019.– Nations League finals –The new UEFA Nations League has been an instant hit. It will conclude with the four-team finals in Portugal in June, with the hosts facing Switzerland and England playing the Netherlands in the last four.Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd of the United States — they will be defending the World Cup in France in 2019 © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / RONALD MARTINEZ“We want to go beyond where we went last summer, and we’re in the mix for what is a really important staging post in our development,” said England manager Gareth Southgate of that competition.However, the main international events in 2019 are elsewhere.The first 24-team Asian Cup takes place in the UAE in January and February, before Brazil hosts the Copa America and the United States defend the CONCACAF Gold Cup.France are hoping to win another World Cup, as they host the 24-team women’s tournament in June and July, with the USA the defending champions.And a decision is expected soon on whether Egypt or South Africa host the 24-nation Africa Cup of Nations in June and July after the Confederation of African Football stripped Cameroon of the tournament due to delays in their preparations.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kylian Mbappe consoles Lionel Messi after France’s 4-3 win over Argentina in the last 16 of the World Cup © AFP/File / Luis AcostaPARIS, France, Dec 24 – One of the enduring images from 2018 will remain Kylian Mbappe consoling Lionel Messi in the Russian city of Kazan, just after the final whistle in France’s 4-3 win over Argentina in the last 16 of the World Cup.This was to a large extent Mbappe’s year, as the teenage superstar exploded on the world stage by scoring twice in that game, the first World Cup brace by a teenager since Pele in 1958.last_img read more

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