Tottenham have received a huge boost in their hopes for Champions League qualification with the news that Gareth Bale will return to training within two weeks. The statement added: “The results of these scans have indicated that all three players are expected to return to training within two weeks. Bale, Gallas and Lennon have all commenced their treatment today and are responding positively.” Many thought Andre Villas-Boas was just being optimistic when he claimed that Bale would be out for a short time of around three weeks. The way that David Degen trod on the 23-year-old’s standing ankle, twisting it almost at a right angle to his right leg, led to a shriek from the player and Spurs fans inside White Hart Lane started to fear the worst. Yet the results of the scan are even better than expected with the Welshman possibly missing two matches – next Thursday’s second leg against Basle, which follows Sunday’s visit of Everton in the Barclays Premier League. He is scheduled to return to training before Tottenham’s crunch match against champions Manchester City on April 21. There are many statistics that can be used to highlight just how important Bale has been to Tottenham’s success this season, the main one being that he has already found the net 22 times. Many of those goals have been crucial ones that have decided the outcome of matches that seemed lost before he took them by the scruff of the neck. Yet Lennon’s contribution on the right flank has been almost as important, with the England winger finding the best form of his career under Villas-Boas, whose team sit third in the league with seven games of the season left. Bale was carried off on a stretcher during the dying seconds of Spurs’ 2-2 draw against Basle, prompting fears the 22-goal forward could be out for a lengthy period. The Welshman, Aaron Lennon and William Gallas – who also had to come off during Thursday night’s Europa League quarter-final first leg – all underwent scans and the news was positive for the London club. A Spurs statement read: “The club can confirm that Gareth Bale (sprained ankle ligaments), William Gallas (calf strain) and Aaron Lennon (soft tissue contusion below the knee) all underwent scans today (Friday) after being forced off with injuries during our Europa League quarter-final first leg draw with Basel last night.” Press Association
1. Work within the current system Tim Sherwood admitted all of the 13 summer signings were not completely his call and there was internal tension at the club. Director of scouting and player recruitment Paddy Riley and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt are in the spotlight following their roles in transfers and any manager will have to work within Villa’s current system. It was clear Sherwood felt uncomfortable in this situation and he was never as ‘on message’ as previous boss Paul Lambert who would always deflect sensitive questions. It is unlikely Villa will make further wholesale changes to their structure after getting rid of Sherwood, assistant Ray Wilkins and first-team coach Mark Robson – even if questions remain over its suitability. Any new manager must be content with working with Riley and Almstadt although the pressure will also be on the duo following Villa’s failed summer transfer business. 2.Harness under-performing players Villa lost their four most influential players over the summer in Christian Benteke, Ron Vlaar, Fabian Delph and Tom Cleverley. David Moyes, Nigel Pearson and Brendan Rodgers have all been linked to the vacant post at Villa Park, where the fans have not seen a Premier League victory this season. Here, Press Association Sport looks at five things the new boss must address to save the club. Press Association They replaced them with several overseas imports as Tim Sherwood failed in moves for proven Premier League players Emmanuel Adebayor and Aaron Lennon. Idrissa Gana has impressed in spells while Jordan Ayew and Jordan Amavi could be valuable but they need to get up to speed in England. But Gabby Agbonlahor has been anonymous on the pitch for months and Jack Grealish, for all the hype, is yet to consistently make his mark. Villa need their top players to perform. 3. Solve the Joleon Lescott problem The defender was one of Sherwood’s original targets and he finally signed him from West Brom on deadline day. But the former Manchester City defender has looked a shadow of his former self and has twice been replaced at half time in recent weeks. He was also at fault, along with Brad Guzan, for Chelsea’s opener in Villa’s 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge earlier this month. Ciaran Clark and Jores Okore are returning to fitness and Lescott’s place will be in danger and it would not be a surprise to see the ex-England star dropped unless a new manager can inspire him. 4. Return Villa Park to its former glory Villa have suffered at home so badly it is hard to believe how they have survived with such wretched form. They have just 82 points from their last 81 league games at Villa Park. That is just 82 points from a possible 243. The club are winless at home in the Barclays Premier League this season and Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea was symptomatic of the failings which four managers have failed to address. Villa Park is no longer a ground which opposition fear. 5. Unite the club Aston Villa were in trouble long before Sherwood arrived to save them from relegation last season. Since Martin O’Neill resigned on the eve of the 2010-11 season they have been on a downward spiral which Gerard Houllier, Alex McLeish, Paul Lambert and now Sherwood have failed to fix. It has been a toxic atmosphere at times with fans questioning chairman Randy Lerner’s enthusiasm for the club and their overall direction. Lerner rarely attends games while chief executive Tom Fox has limited his press appearances and contact. There needs to be a definitive message from the top and the new boss will be in a position to give it. Tim Sherwood was sacked as Aston Villa manager on Sunday, and just hours later the club was bottom of the Barclays Premier League after Sunderland’s 3-0 victory over Newcastle.
Ladies Masters Team with their Donegal Masters Bronze medalsRosses AC held their Adult presentation night on Friday night last with a large turnout. Ita Gallagher adressed the crowd and updated that we have grown our adult end of the club by 60% with membership now standing at 87 senior athletes.She acknowledged the many successes during the year noting the mens bronze medal in the Donegal novice and the womens silver medals in Donegal and Ulster Novice and rounded of with fine performances at the All Irelands in Waterford recently. The Fit For Life section of the club has really taken off and Elise Gillespie and Sinead Diver were noted for their efforts.Sean McGinley continues to lead the club and his efforts were especially noted and a special surprise birthday cake for Sean added to the occasion.Special mention was made to Aidan Gillespie and his achievements throughout the year where he won medals at the All Ireland Indoors, Donegal Track and Field, All Ireland Track and Field for Senior and Masters and travelled to the European Masters, Our club athletes continue to grow and our footprint is being felt across athletics and races across Donegal.A great night was had by all and a special thanks to all club members for their efforts during the year. The following were the awards made on the night: Edward Harkin – Male Athlete of the Year, Noreen McGee – Female Athlete of the Year, Aidan Gillespie – Track and Field Athlete of the Year, Cathy Breslin – Most Determined Female Athlete of the Year, Noel Boyd – Most Determined Male Athlete of the Year, Elise Gillespie – Fit for Life CoOrdinator, Sinead Diver – Most Improved Female Athlete of the Year, Michael McElroy – Most Improved Male Athlete of the Year, Fit For Life Awards – Margaret Ann Ferry, Sean P. O Fearaigh and Marie Boyle, Notable Performances ward – Noel Diver and Pacer Athlete Charlie Doherty.Cathy Breslin – Most Determined Female Athlete of the Year Aidan Gillespie – Track and Field Athlete of the Year Michael McElroy – Most Improved Male Athlete of the Year Elise Gillespie – Fit for Life CoOrdinator Edward Harkin – Male Athlete of the Year Noreen McGee – Female Athlete of the Year Noel Boyd – Most Determined Male Athlete of the Year Sinead Diver – Most Improved Female Athlete of the Year ROSSES ATHLETIC CLUB PRESENTATION NIGHT – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: December 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Presentation nightROSSES AC