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Swansea City hope to return to winning ways in match against Leicester

Swansea City will hope to return to winning ways when they host Leicester at the Liberty Stadium later (KO 1730).

The Swans have stalled of late - losing three and drawing two of their last five - following their blistering start to the season.

Fans will be pleased to see Jonjo Shelvey return to action after a week's suspension, but less content with an injury list including Leon Britton, Jordi Amat and Dwight Tiendalli.

Garry Monk's side will host Leicester at the Liberty Stadium. Credit: PA

As for the manager, he'll be hoping for a calmer evening after the controversy surrounding his comments about Stoke's Victor Moses last weekend. Monk - who accused Moses of "clear cheating" over an alleged dive during the 2-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium - has until Monday to explain his remarks to the FA.

FT: Millwall 1 - 0 Cardiff City

Millwall's Matthew Briggs takes on Cardiff City's Federico Macheda and Anthony Pilkington. Credit: PA

Full-time at The Den and Cardiff City have lost to Millwall 1-0. A goal from Millwall's Danny Shittu sealed the defeat for Russel Slade's side.


King to serve two-match ban for Cyprus red card

Andy King Credit: PA

Andy King will serve a two-match Euro 2016 qualifying ban for his red card against Cyprus, the Football Association of Wales has announced.

The Leicester midfielder was shown a straight red card for fouling Cyprus captain Constantinos Makridis in Wales' 2-1 win at the Cardiff City Stadium on October 13.

UEFA has increased King's suspension for violent conduct and the 25-year-old will now miss Wales' away games in Belgium next month and in Israel in March.

"The FAW has been informed by UEFA that Andy King has been suspended for two matches," the Football Association of Wales said in an official tweet on Friday afternoon.

Wales manager Chris Coleman defended King after his dismissal early in the second half left Wales clinging on to their slim 2-1 advantage.

"It's not really his fault," Coleman said at the time.

"The timing was wrong and he had a red but that's probably down to myself and the staff.

"We've been firing the lads up the last two games.

"We've been into the lads all week saying 'whatever they give to us, we give to them' and I can't blame Andy for that."

Ospreys wing Eli Walker could be out for six weeks

Ospreys Eli Walker is tackled by Treviso's Simone Favaro Credit: PA

Ospreys wing Eli Walker faces up to six weeks out after scans revealed the extent of ankle ligament damage he sustained during Sunday's Championship victory over Treviso at the Liberty Stadium.

Walker has been assessed by the regions medical team who say he is likely to be sidelined for between four to six weeks.

Walker was earlier this week left out of Warren Gatland's Wales squad for the upcoming Autumn Internationals with Gatland suggesting injury as the reason in what otherwise could have seen him selected, after an impressive start to the 2014/15 season.

Successful future of Welsh rugby down to grassroots, says new chair

The new chairman of the Welsh Rugby Union has told ITV Wales that his appointment is a turning point for the game here.

The Dragons Chief Executive Gareth Davies replaces David Pickering who failed to secure re-election to the board.

Mr Davies says he wants to move on from past wranglings between the regions and the Union, and concentrate on the 'grassroots' to insure a prosperous future.


WATCH: Ched Evans says in video "I want a second chance" and to return to football

Welsh footballer Ched Evans who was released from jail after serving half of a five-year sentence for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel says in a personal video that he hopes to return to football.

Watch his full statement below:


In the video interview posted on his website following his release from prison last Friday, the former Sheffield United striker said his lawyers had already taken steps to overturn the conviction.

He said the sex was consensual, adding that he made "an incredibly foolish decision" to cheat on partner Natasha Massey, who appears with Evans in the video message.

Wearing a dark shirt and tie, the 25-year-old Welshman said: "Now that I have served the custodial part of my sentence of two and a half years, it is my hope that I will be able to return to football. If that is possible then I will do so with humility, having learnt a very painful lesson. I would like a second chance."

Cardiff boss Slade "not surprised" by early success

New Cardiff boss Russell Slade says he's not surpassing any of his own expectations following his 100% start to life in the Welsh capital.

Slade remains unbeaten as Cardiff manager. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

The Bluebirds made it two wins from two under the guidance of the former Leyton Orient manager last night - their 3-1 win coming on the back of victory over Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

And Slade says he's not been surprised by the ease with which he's adjusted to life in the Championship.

"I never expect to lose a game, but that's just my mentality. I never go out to try and nick a result. I am going out there to win. I am a football man, I've done 650 games or more as a manager and I know what it's all about. It is just two games but it gives us a bit of momentum and the belief in the players is growing."

– Russell Slade, Cardiff Manager

Following the win Cardiff moved up to 10th in the table and are within three points of the play-off places.

FT: Cardiff City 3 - 1 Ipswich Town

Russell Slade's squad have gained three points from their Championship clash against Ipswich Town tonight.

The action-packed game saw four goals, three scored by the Bluebirds.

Peter Whittingham managed an impressive strike from 30 yards out in the first half to equalise with Ipswich.

City then took an early lead in the second half thanks to Kiko Macheda, followed by a goal from Adam Le Fondre in the 69th minute.

The crowd's reaction to Whittingham's goal in the first half was caught on camera.

HT: Cardiff City 1 - 1 Ipswich Town

Cardiff City have equalised against Ipswich Town at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Peter Whittingham scored a strike from thirty yards out after 37 minutes in response to a goal from Ipswich's Daryl Murphy.

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