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Adam Johnson trial pushed back to February 2016

The trial of England and Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson on child sex charges has been put back to next year.

Johnson pictured arriving at court today. Credit: PA

The 28-year-old Sunderland winger has appeared at Durham Crown Court for a hearing which dealt with legal rulings, ahead of a trial which had been scheduled for later this month.

Judge Christopher Prince, the recorder of Durham, accepted that the trial could not take place then, and said it will be heard at Bradford Crown Court on February 10.

The judge said details of Monday's hearing could not be reported, except to say it involved legal and administrative matters.

Johnson, wearing a blue-grey checked suit and white shirt with no tie, was driven to the hearing in a Range Rover, and walked into the court building with a group of men including his legal team and his father.

The defendant, from Castle Eden, County Durham, has already denied three counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming.


Leicester complete Yohan Benalouane transfer

Atalanta defender and former France under-21 international, Yohan Benalouane, has join Leicester in a deal worth £5.6m

Benalouane, 28, was cautioned 15 times in 28 appearances for Atalanta last season, and received his marching orders during a 4-1 defeat against Inter Milan in February.

Arsenal target Benzema suffers injury in pre-season

Ronaldo and Benzema will not feature against Spurs. Credit: PA

Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo have suffered injuries during Real Madrid training, ruling them out of this week's friendly against Spurs.

Benzema has been sidelined with a thigh injury while Ronaldo is struggling with a back problem.

While it's unclear precisely how long they will be missing for, it's certain that neither will feature against Mauricio Pochettino's side on Tuesday or indeed on Wednesday when both side are in action again.

The winner of Real Madrid v Spurs will play whoever prevails when Bayern Munich meet AC Milan tomorrow, in Wednesday's Audi Cup final, with the other two teams contesting a third place play-off in the annual Munich-based pre-season tournament.


Juventus suffer Sami Khedira injury blow

Juventus expect midfielder Sami Khedira to be sidelined for two months after he suffered a thigh injury in a pre-season friendly.

Khedira will be sidelined for approximately two months. Credit: PA

The Germany international, a summer recruit from Real Madrid, was carried off on a stretcher during Juve's 2-0 friendly defeat against Marseille at the weekend.

"Sami Khedira will be sidelined for approximately two months after medical examinations revealed a second-grade myotendinous tear of the rectus femoris muscle in his right thigh," a statement on Juve's website read.

"The German midfielder sustained the injury during last Saturday's pre-season friendly against Olympique Marseille at the Stade Velodrome."

Khedira was making just his second Juventus appearance in Saturday's match but will now miss the Bianconeri's Italian Super Cup showdown against Lazio in Shanghai on Saturday.

The 28-year-old former Stuttgart player is also expected to be unavailable for his new club's first eight league fixtures, which include mouthwatering encounters against Roma and Napoli.

Claudio Ranieri makes Kante his first Leicester signing

Leicester have completed the signing of N'Golo Kante from Caen.

N'Golo Kante impressed for Caen last season. Credit: PA

The midfielder comes in on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee to become Claudio Ranieri's first signing at the King Power Stadium.

Ranieri was searching for a defensive midfielder to fill the gap left by Esteban Cambiasso after he decided not to renew his contract with the Foxes.

The 24-year-old is City's fourth signing of the summer after Robert Huth, Christian Fuchs and Shinji Okazaki and could make his debut in Saturday's Premier League opener at home against Sunderland.

He joined Caen from US Boulogne in 2013 and helped them to promotion from Ligue 2 a year later and played 37 times, scoring twice, in Ligue 1 last season.

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