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Hull suffer Michael Dawson injury blow

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.



Eric Abidal retires from playing football

Abidal won La Liga four times and Champions League twice with Barcelona. Credit: PA

Eric Abidal has retired from football after playing his last game for Olympiacos in Wednesday's 2-0 Greek league win over Panionios.

The former Barcelona and France defender recovered from a liver tumour in March 2011, undergoing a transplant and eventually receiving the green light to resume training in December 2012.

He rejoined Monaco in 2013 and moved to Olympiacos in the summer of 2014.

"I am proud to have been his coach this season," Olympiacos coach Michel told Nova TV. "Personal decisions are above those of the pitch."

Abidal will confirm his decision at a press conference on Friday.


Allardyce urges Leicester fans to show Pearson loyalty

Allardyce and Pearson worked together at Newcastle. Credit: PA

Leicester fans should show some "loyalty" and remember just where manager Nigel Pearson has taken the club, according to West Ham boss Sam Allardyce.

Pearson, whose side are three points adrift at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League table ahead of a trip to the fourth-placed Irons on Saturday, has accepted a Football Association charge of using insulting words towards a fan.

The Foxes boss had refused to apologise to the supporter despite a video emerging of the incident during his side's 3-1 home defeat to Liverpool on December 2.

Allardyce - himself the subject of boos from some of the West Ham faithful last season - believes Pearson should be commended for taking the east Midlands club back up to the top flight following a decade in the wilderness, which also included a spell in League One.

There is a turning point because what happens at football clubs, expectation grows, people think you are just going to be able to go in there and be successful from a period of great joy.

It is the fact that instead of watching your team win every week, it is a big adjustment for the fans when they find out it is not that easy any more.

I suppose the expectation was built even higher when they beat Manchester United 5-3 and of course the Leicester fans have not remembered where Nigel has taken the club from and to in a short period of time, so they should show him a bit more patience and a bit more loyalty.

– West Ham manager Sam Allardyce



Poyet points the finger at Sunderland over transfers

Poyet is frustrated with his lack of options. Credit: PA

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet insisted he needs more quality as he launched a thinly-veiled attack on the recruitment policy at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats ensured Premier League survival with a late surge last season and looked to strengthen in the summer as they signed the likes of Jack Rodwell, Jordi Gomez and Ricky Alvarez.

I want more quality. Do I think I'll get it? I don't know.

You know what is missing. It is clear what we need to do. That is down to recruitment.

I am a head coach. I am not going to be a head coach when it suits people and a manager when it doesn't. That side of it is down to recruitment.

So, if you ever get the chance to speak to anyone on the recruitment side and ask them about it, you are lucky. If you don't, don't ask me.

– Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

Wealdstone Raider releases Christmas single

By now, you must have watched the 'fearsome' Wealdstone Raider fan pint-swigging at a match, while offering a man presumably twice his height and weight out in comical fashion.

The YouTube sensation has now released a charity single in time for Christmas. Has the world gone mad?


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