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England and Leicester prop Genge undergoes knee surgery

Genge was injured on England's tour of South Africa last month. Credit: PA

England and Leicester prop Ellis Genge is set to be sidelined until the new year after undergoing knee surgery.

Genge, 23, was injured on England's tour of South Africa last month and returned home early from that three-Test trip.

Leicester head coach Matt O'Connor told the club's official website: "We're probably looking at him playing again in the new year at this stage."

Genge, who has won five caps, was the latest player to be injured during England training last season.

O'Connor said: "'Gengey' has had the operation and everything went well from that point of view. He's well into his rehab work now, and then he will start fitness work and building up to play again.

"But he will miss the first phase of the season, and we're probably looking at him playing again in the new year at this stage. But he's working hard on his recovery and will be good to go when he comes through that rehab.

"It is obviously very disappointing for him and for us, but I'm sure he will be raring to go once he gets back to full fitness, and we know there's still a lot to come from him."

Leicester kick off their Gallagher Premiership season against Exeter on September 1.

England, meanwhile, face Tests against world champions New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Japan in November.


Hallgrimsson quits as Iceland manager

Hallgrimsson led Iceland in a seminal World Cup for his country. Credit: PA

Heimir Hallgrimsson has stepped down from his role as Iceland coach in the wake of their historic World Cup finals appearance last month.

The FA of Iceland said the 51-year-old, who replaced Lars Lagerback in sole charge after Euro 2016, had taken the decision "at his own request".

Under Hallgrimsson - who continued to work as a dentist while in the job - Iceland drew their first World Cup match against Argentina but were eliminated at the group stage after defeats to Nigeria and Croatia.

Hallgrimsson was initially appointed as Lagerback's assistant in 2011 but became joint-manager in 2014, helping to mastermind his side's famous Euro 2016 win over England.

In a statement on Twitter the FA of Iceland said: "[We] can now confirm that Heimir Hallgrimsson will not continue as head coach of the Icelandic men's national team.

"Hallgrimsson steps down as Iceland coach at his own request after seven years in the job, having joined in 2011."

Man United's Blind completes transfer return to Ajax

Daley Blind swapped Ajax for Old Trafford four years ago in a £14m deal. Credit: PA

Daley Blind has completed his move from Manchester United back to his former club Ajax, declaring on his Twitter feed that it is "time to go home".

Blind has signed a four-year deal with the Dutch club, whom he left four years ago to join United in a £14million deal.

Blind made 141 appearances for United over that period, but found his opportunities increasingly limited under Jose Mourinho and played only seven Premier League matches last season.

Blind wrote on Twitter: "I want to say how proud I am to be a part of the Manchester United family. To play for the biggest club in the world with such a history meant a lot to me. I had 4 great years with 4 trophies!

"I want to thank you for all the love and support I received and still get. I will never forget some of the special games and moments, I will miss you 'The Theatre of Dreams'! But now its time to go home."

The deal for the 28-year-old is understood to be worth an initial 16million euros (£14.1m), with add-ons that could see the fee rise to 21million euros (£18.5m).

Ajax marked the signing with a clip of a song to the tune of 'Three Lions' which include the lyrics "Daley's coming home", "Three stars on a shirt" and "Frank de Boer still gleaming".

Blind is United's first major departure of the summer, although Michael Carrick has announced his retirement and taken up a role within Mourinho's coaching team.

United wrote on Twitter: "We can confirm @BlindDaley has left #MUFC to join Ajax. Thanks for everything, Daley, all the best for the future."


Gerrard relaxed ahead of Rangers' Europa League tie

Gerrard's Rangers head to Macedonia in the Europa League qualifying round. Credit: PA

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard believes his team can exploit the gaps as Shkupi chase the game in Macedonia on Tuesday.

Gerrard's side lead 2-0 in the Europa League first qualifying round after James

Tavernier's stoppage-time penalty in the first leg changed the complexion of the tie.

Shkupi had frustrated Rangers at Ibrox after Jamie Murphy's early opener but Gerrard expects them to throw caution to the wind in Skopje.

"They came with a game plan to be organised and a team block and to be difficult to break down," he said.

"I respect their game plan at Ibrox but I expect something completely different tomorrow (Tuesday).

"Shkupi are losing 2-0 in the tie at half-time so if they come with an aggressive style and they want to push to get back into the tie, I actually think that's playing into our hands because to push and to be aggressive, they obviously have to take risks.

"So we need to be ready to pounce on any risks to kill the tie. We believe one goal kills the tie.

"We know it is going to be hot and humid, and it might be a tricky surface and a tricky game, but we are ready for whatever gets thrown at us."

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