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Middlesbrough target Subotic to undergo rib surgery

Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic Credit: David Klein/Sportimage/PA Images

Middlesbrough target Neven Subotic must undergo rib surgery and is expected to be sidelined for the rest of year.

The 27-year-old defender was understood to be in talks with Boro over a potential switch to the Riverside. However, the deal is now off after a medical revealed the extent of the injury.

Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the Serbia international requires an operation and will remain with the Bundesliga club this summer.

Sam Allardyce could be appointed England manager in next 24 hours

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce could be appointed England manager within the next 24 hours.

That's according to reports from Press Association Sport.

Sam Allardyce is with SAFC tonight as they take on Hartlepool tonight at Victoria Park.

He has been interviewed for the role left vacant by Roy Hodgson.

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Extra train announced for Newcastle fans

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Virgin Trainshave annouced they will run an extra late night service back to the North East to help Newcastle United fans get home from the club’s opening game of the season.

The football club’s first match in the Championship will kick off at Fulham’s Craven Cottage ground at 7.45pm on Friday 5 August.

With Virgin Trains’ last scheduled service from London due to depart at 10pm, the train operator will now run an additional service which will depart King’s Cross at 11.17pm.

The train will call at:

  • York at 1.31am
  • Darlington at 2.09am
  • Durham at 2.27am
  • Newcastle at 2.57am.
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