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Stokes hopeful of being fit for South Africa tour

England and Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes is hopeful of being fit for his country's upcoming tour of South Africa despite suffering a serious shoulder injury.

The 24-year-old sustained the injury during the opening day of England's third Test against Pakistan earlier this month, leaving England cricket bosses sweating over his fitness.

However, speaking during a visit of Kings Priory School in Tynemouth, Stokes said he is confident he will be fit.

England begin their 2015-16 tour of South Africa on December 15.


Newcastle defender Williamson extends Wolves stay

Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson playing for Wolves Credit: Clint Hughes/EMPICS Sport

Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson has extended his loan deal at Wolverhampton Wanderers until the New Year.

The 32-year-old initially joined the Championship side on a one-month loan in October, but he will now remain at Molineux until January 16.

Williamson has made three appearances for Wolves so far this season.


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