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Stoke City skipper steps up recovery

Ryan Shawcross has had back surgery. Credit: PA

Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross hopes to continue building steadily towards a first-team return after stepping up his rehabilitation from back surgery by coming through 45 minutes of under-21s football on Wednesday.

The centre-back made his first appearance since the summer operation - which he underwent in a bid to clear up a long-standing problem - when he played the first half of the development team's 1-1 draw at Port Vale.

It was always planned to play 45 minutes. I've got a few niggles just from coming back so I need to let them settle down and hopefully I can kick on again next week.

I felt good. It's just a case of building on it now. Hopefully next week I can get a 70-minute game in and then move on to a full game in the coming weeks.

It's up to the manager (Mark Hughes) to see when I can get back involved. I haven't trained with the first team yet so I'll look forward to doing that.

But I will stay with the under-21s for probably another week or so. It's all about game time and then we'll see after that. At the moment I'm trying to make sure I get the right minutes and the training between them is right.

– Ryan Shawcross speaking to The Sentinel
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Leicester in talks to sign ex-Inter winger

Former Inter Milan winger Ezequiel Schelotto says he has been in negotiations with Leicester about a move to the Premier League side and wants to play for them.

Schelotto, who was born in Argentina but has been capped by Italy, is currently a free agent after leaving Inter following the termination of his contract with them in August.

Schelotto wants to move to Leicester. Credit: PA

Leicester's Italian boss Claudio Ranieri recently played down talk of the Foxes signing the 26-year-old, calling it "speculation".

But on Wednesday the player was quoted as telling La Gazzetta dello Sport: "I'd like to play there and I'm ready to get back into action.

"I don't know what stage the negotiations are at with Leicester, but if (former Foxes and Argentina midfielder Esteban) Cambiasso can do well there, then I'm sure I can too.

"I would never have imagined I'd find myself without a club at the age of 26. Now I'm waiting for a gift - a new club."


Jordanne Whiley collects MBE at Buckingham Palace

Wheelchair tennis star, Jordanne Whiley, has collected her MBE from Buckingham Palace.

She was given the honour for achievements throughout her career, including winning a calendar Grand Slam in 2014.

Whiley, from Halesowen, was presented the award by the Princess Royal.

Read more: Jordanne Whiley to receive MBE

Phil Taylor shocked at World Grand Prix

Phil Taylor was shocked at the World Grand Prix of darts after losing in the first round to Vincent van der Voort.

Phil Taylor at the oche Credit: Thinking Media / Demotix/Demotix/Press Association Images

'The Power', from Stoke-on-Trent, struggled throughout the tie in Dublin and eventually lost out 2-0 to the Dutchman.

The defeat ends his bid for a 12th World Grand Prix title, crashing out in the first round for the fourth time.


Argentina run out winners at Leicester City Stadium

Argentina have defeated Tonga in the first Rugby World Cup match at the Leicester City Stadium.

Diego Maradona cheers on Argentina Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In an exciting and even first half, both sides scored two tries to the delight of the fans and an exuberant Diego Maradona watching in the stands.

Tonga's Siale Piutau is tackled by Argentina's Guido Petti Credit: Paul Thomas/Press Association Images

The Pumas took control of the second half though, scoring three more tries to run out 45-16 winners. Argentina now edge towards qualification out of Pool C.

Gloucester's Laidlaw pleased Scottish destiny still in own hands

Gloucester Rugby's Greig Laidlaw says he is pleased the World Cup destiny of Scotland is still in their own hands, after they were beaten by South Africa.

Scotland sit second in the group, and will secure qualification if they beat Samoa in their final game next weekend.

Laidlaw told ITV Sport that he was also pleased to have seven days until the next match, to work to improve after yesterday's defeat in Newcastle.

England and Wasps star sees tough week ahead

England and Wasps star Joe Launchbury says he sees a tough week ahead, after England crashed out of their own Rugby World Cup.

England lost at Twickenham to Australia, meaning they exit the tournament, with Wales and Australia progressing to the quarter finals.

Speaking to ITV Sport, Launchbury added that the performance in next week's dead rubber against Uruguay will now be important to ensure England can exit the tournament with some pride.

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