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England fear Jimmy Anderson absence in Fourth Test

England are on the brink of a 2-1 Ashes lead at Edgbaston, but already appear to be bracing themselves for James Anderson's absence from next week's fourth Test.

Anderson is struggling with a 'tight side'. Credit: Reuters

Anderson had to leave the field mid-over on day two in Birmingham, wincing in pain with an injury England later described as a "tight side".

Steven Finn had much to do with England's surge towards a mid-series advantage, taking five for 45 to push his match tally up to seven wickets in his comeback Test after two years out of the team.

But even as he reflected on that heartening success so far, Finn admitted concerns that Anderson - who took six first-innings wickets here - may not be fit to take part on his happiest hunting ground of all in Nottingham next week.

He said:

For Jimmy to walk off halfway through an over, it can't be too good. But who knows - with some magical medical healing and some rehab, you never know.

Jimmy loves bowling at Trent Bridge - everyone knows that. If he was to miss it, it would be a big loss - but we don't know yet.

– Steven Finn


Man City send new signing Enes Unal to Genk on loan

Manchester City have sent teenage striker Enes Unal out on loan to Belgian side Genk just weeks after signing the Turkey international from Bursaspor.

Unal, 18, made three appearances during City's pre-season tour of Australia but will head to Belgium in the hope of playing regular football this season.

City announced the news via their website on Friday morning.

Unal, who has one senior international cap, built a strong reputation in youth football. He scored 24 goals in 25 games for Turkey's under-16 side and in 2013, at the age of 16, became the youngest goalscorer in the Turkish top flight when he struck against Galatasaray.

Finn bowls England to verge of victory over Australia

Deemed "not selectable" at the peak of his problems 18 months ago, Steven Finn bowled England to the verge of a resounding victory, and 2-1 Ashes lead, at Edgbaston.

Finn, back for his first Test in two years after much-chronicled technical problems, took five for 45 as Australia stumbled to 168 for seven by stumps on day two - a lead of only 23, despite opener David Warner's defiant 77.

England's Steven Finn (right) and Stuart Broad (centre). Credit: PA

He took two wickets in two balls here as England produced an outstanding turnaround after their embarrassing 405-run defeat at Lord's.

It should now merely be a matter of time - and not much of it at that - before they complete the win on the third morning of this third Investec Test.


Blackpool fined £50k over pitch invasion

The game against Huddersfield was cut short. Credit: PA

League One Blackpool have been fined £50,000 and severely warned over their future conduct by the Football Association after their final game of the season was abandoned due to a pitch invasion.

The match against Huddersfield in May was stopped when fans entered the pitch to protest against how the Oyston family run the club.

The FA have also the club to play a game behind closed doors if similar happens again in future.

David Luiz excited about Man Utd winger joining PSG

The pair are friends from their time together at Benfica.

David Luiz still regards Angel di Maria as one of the best footballers on the planet and is looking forward to playing alongside him once he completes his transfer from Manchester United to Paris St Germain.

Luiz believes Di Maria is still one of the best footballers in the world and that is why he is looking forward to playing alongside his former Benfica team-mate again.

Speaking after PSG's 2-0 over United in Chicago, Luiz said:

Di Maria would make us stronger, for sure. I hope to see him (at PSG). He is a great friend, a great player, and every single team he plays in, he makes the difference.

He helps on the defensive side, he knows how to assist, and to score goals. It was great to play with him then and it's great to see how much he has improved, and how he has become a fantastic player. It would be a pleasure to play with him again.

– PSG defender David Luiz

England pick up two wickets before tea

Stuart Broad got Chris Rogers. Credit: Reuters

Stuart Broad and Steven Finn picked up a wicket each to leave Australia on 73-2, 72 runs behind.

Nottinghamshire seamer Broad removed Chris Rogers, with Finn seeing Steve Smith sky one to Jo Buttler behind the stumps.

David Warner scored a half-century off just 35 balls, matching the Ashes record.

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