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Injury setback for Southamption striker Rodriguez

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Jay Rodriguez was injured at Manchester City last season. Credit: PA

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman expects Jay Rodriguez's rehabilitation from a long-term knee injury to keep him out for at least another six weeks.

An awkward fall at Manchester City in April saw the 25-year-old rupture an anterior cruciate ligament, the injury ruling him out of the reckoning for England's World Cup squad.

Rodriguez has yet to make his return more than eight months later and, having gone under the knife again last month to clear out his knee, a comeback does not appear imminent.

Danny Fox dyes beard for hospital visit

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Forest's Danny Fox visited Danny Fox visited patients at Queens Medical Centre with the Nottingham Forest team. Credit: PA
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Fox poses for a photo with Henri Lansbury, Michail Antonio, Ben Osborn and a patient. Credit: PA

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Irvine hopeful of West Brom 'turning point'

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Alan Irvine is looking to build on the Villa win at Loftus Road. Credit: PA

Alan Irvine believes West Brom have turned the corner ahead of another crunch clash at QPR

The head coach wants their victory over Aston Villa last week to be the catalyst to push them away from danger.

Albion are 14th ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Loftus Road but have only won twice in their last 11 games in all competitions.

I hope this is the turning point for us. It was nice to have got the results we have done, we obviously have to build on that.

We've had clean sheets which are a big help. We managed to get a goal - and our problem in games has been a lack of goals.

We clearly are aware of that - and we're doing a lot of work to try and address that. We feel that if we create enough opportunities we have players who can score.

– West Brom manager Alan Irvine

Nigel Pearson welcomes personal FA hearing

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Pearson was provoked before allegedly using abusive language. Credit: PA

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson has welcomed the chance to have a personal hearing with the Football Association.

The Foxes manager will have a personal hearing with the FA on Friday after he was alleged to have "used abusive and/or insulting words towards a spectator".

He was involved in a heated row with a fan during Leicester's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool earlier this month.

Pearson refused to apologise for the argument and is looking forward to his hearing ahead of Leicester's Barclays Premier League trip to West Ham.

"I'm interested in going down there and having a chance to see exactly what goes on," he said, with Leicester bottom of the league having not won in 11 games.

He added when asked about not apologising: "I don't intend to make any more statements on that issue at all, I will go and be present and see what happens."

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Hull suffer Michael Dawson injury blow

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Dawson will miss the busy winter schedule. Credit: PA

Hull defender Michael Dawson is set to be out for at least a month with a hamstring tear.

Dawson suffered the injury in the first 10 minutes of last weekend's defeat by Chelsea and scans revealed a grade two tear.

Dawson has already missed a month of the season with an ankle problem but impressed manager Steve Bruce enough to earn the captain's armband for two matches while regular skipper Curtis Davies was dropped.

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