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EFL preview: Norwich City & Ipswich Town back in action

Norwich City and Ipswich Town are back in action. Credit: PA

Our Championship teams are back in action this weekend following the international break.

Norwich City face the bottom club Rotherham United, while Ipswich Town also play another struggling team in the shape of Blackburn Rovers.

The Canaries have been boosted with the news that defender Timm Klose is fit enough to feature despite picking up an ankle knock on international duty but winger Robbie Brady is a doubt.

Midfielder Jonny Williams could make his latest debut for Ipswich after recovering from injury.

In League One, there's a tough test for MK Dons who take on the leaders Scunthorpe United.

This weekend's fixtures

  • Blackburn Rovers v Ipswich Town (Championship)
  • Norwich City v Rotherham United (Championship)
  • Fleetwood Town v Peterborough United (League One)
  • Northampton Town v Millwall (League One)
  • Scunthorpe United v MK Dons (League One)
  • Southend United v Chesterfield (League One)
  • Cambridge United v Grimsby Town (League Two)
  • Doncaster Rovers v Colchester United (League Two)
  • Leyton Orient v Luton Town (League Two)
  • Morecambe v Stevenage (League Two)


Northampton Saints coach King leaves the club

Alex King has left Northampton Saints. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northampton Saints attack coach Alex King has left the club with immediate effect.

The former Wasps fly-half was part of the coaching team that led the Saints to the Premiership title in 2013/14, but he has now ended his four-year association by mutual consent.

King was approached by England to join their backroom staff last December but the Saints turned their advances down.

The club's Chief Executive Allan Robson says it's the right time to cut ties.

Alex has been a valued member of the coaching staff.

He played a big role in our Aviva Premiership and Challenge Cup titles and finishing top of the table in 2015.

However we feel that the time is right to move on, and Alex leaves with our thanks and best wishes for the future.

– Allan Robson, Northampton Saints Chief Executive

Force India driver Hulkenberg agrees Renault switch

Nico Hulkenberg will move to Renault. Credit: PA

Northamptonshire-based Force India have confirmed German driver Nico Hulkenberg will move to F1 rivals Renault next season.

The 29-year-old has been part of the team for the last five years, but has decided to end his contract in order to "explore fresh opportunities".

Force India will now have to find a replacement, with Manor Racing's Esteban Ocon and Pascal Wehrlein likely to be among the targets.

Everybody at Sahara Force India wishes Nico well as he embarks upon a different path in Formula One.

Having spent five years with us, Nico has become a great friend and contributed a huge amount to the team’s success.

He’s an outstanding driver, who has scored more points for this team than anybody else.

While it’s true we will miss Nico, we respect his decision to explore fresh opportunities and it would be wrong to stand in his way.

– Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director


Mosque has 'no objection' to proposed Louis Smith visit

The chairman of a mosque in Peterborough has invited gymnast Louis Smith to observe prayers in a bid to educate him about the Muslim religion.

Abdul Choudhuri from the Faizan-e-Madina Mosque in the city has taken the step after a video emerged of Smith appearing to mock Islam.

Smith has since apologised for his actions, and Mr Choudhuri has called on him to be forgiven.

"We have no objection if he asks for forgiveness," Mr Choudhuri said.

"He should come to the mosque and learn what Islam is all about.

"We want to make him aware and understand the religion of Islam. He is a role model and we hope that by learning about Islam, he will be a better person."

Dowsett satisfied with 12th place in elite time trial

Alex Dowsett finished 12 in Qatar. Credit: PA

Essex cyclist Alex Dowsett said he was pleased with his performance in the elite men’s time trial at the Road World Championships after he secured a 12th place finish.

In sweltering conditions in Qatar, Dowsett completed the 40km route in 46:54.07 - around two minutes behind the eventual winner Tony Martin.

"It was alright for me. I think I managed myself well and I’m not sure I could have done a lot more," he told British Cycling.

"There was always that concern after seeing the scary moment in the women’s team time trial and some of the others wondering what was going to happen towards the end."

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