Football transfers, Walcott injury, Kevin Pietersen, League Cup

Reaction to Theo Walcott's cruciate ligament injury, build-up to the League Cup semi-finals and breaking news

7 January 2014 Last updated at 07:59 GMT

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    Hello and welcome along to another Sportsday. It's the first of the League Cup semi-finals tonight as Sunderland take on Manchester United in the first-leg at the Stadium of Light, and we'll be hearing from West Ham boss Sam Allardyce this morning ahead of their semi-final first-leg at Manchester City tomorrow but we begin with a look at our top stories.

  2. 0804: 
    WALCOTT

    Arsenal's Theo Walcott will miss the World Cup after being ruled out for at least six months with a cruciate ligament injury.

  3. 0807: 
    THE ASHES

    England batsman Kevin Pietersen is "determined to help regain the Ashes" when Australia visit in 2015.

  4. 0810: 
    GOLF
    Zach Johnson with the Tournament of Champions trophy

    Former Masters champion Zach Johnson carded a final round 66 to win the Tournament of Champions event in Hawaii by one shot, with world number two Adam Scott and defending champion Dustin Johnson in a share of sixth place five strokes adrift.

  5. 0814:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTHE ASHES

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan insists Kevin Pietersen should be integral to England's plans amid rumours the 33-year-old batsman will be axed in favour of younger players. "My fear is that they're going to get rid of Pietersen and think that's the way to move forward," Vaughan tells BBC Radio 5 live.

    "I just think that's the completely wrong approach. I'd be getting Pietersen close to the management. You don't want him making decisions but I'd have him vice-captain, near that think tank because we've got so many people making decisions that are all too similar. Cook, Flower, Gooch are all very similar personalities, Pietersen would add a different dimension, the other end of the spectrum, and you meet half way, that's part of leadership that you need the odd maverick."

    You can listen to Tuffers and Vaughan on the BBC iPlayer

  6. 0818: 
    THE ASHES

    More from Michael Vaughan, who adds: "England have become boring, it is a brand of cricket that is not what I like watching and it comes across in their interviews. I think they've got to liven up a bit more."

  7. 0820: 
    TENNIS
    Caroline Wozniacki during her defeat against Lucie Safarova

    Former world number one and future Mrs McIlroy, Caroline Wozniacki, is out of the Sydney International, the sixth seed losing a three-point advantage in the second set tie-break in a 6-4 7-6 (9-7) defeat against unseeded Czech Lucie Safarova.

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    WALCOTT INJURY

    Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright was a guest on 5 live to discuss the serious injury that will keep Theo Walcott out for the remainder of the season and the World Cup in Brazil. "As a player it's devastating. I missed out on a World Cup in '98 through injury and it's something that you never truly get over."

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    GET INVOLVED- #bbcsportsday

    So with Walcott sidelined we're asking this morning if you think it have more serious implications for Arsenal or for England? How will the injury affect Arsenal's title chances? Also the Kevin Pietersen debate, should he continue to be a key figure in England's future?

    Please send in your view to #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook Page

  10. 0837:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Former Manchester United midfielder Lou Macari spoke to 5 live Breakfast this morning about the pressure on manager David Moyes after four defeats in the last six home matches for the current Premier League champions.

    "I know David well and I know without even speaking to him in the last week that he won't be enjoying it," Macari says. "He's a football man and that's all he's really interested in and the side attractions you have in football nowadays, the problems managers have with with players and agents - he won't be liking that. He certainly won't be liking the results but two games against Sunderland can turn everything around for this season. Especially if they do get to Wembley and if they do play Manchester City and win then that changes everything."

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    5 LIVE SPORT

    So tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Chapman from 19:00 GMT comes from the Stadium of Light as United face Sunderland in the first-leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final. You can hear live commentary from John Murray with summaries from former England international Chris Waddle.

  12. 0847: 
    THE ASHES

    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell gives his thoughts on the Ashes debacle in last night's Tuffers and Vaughan and says: "There must be something going on in that dressing room where people don't feel they want to fight for each other, how did Jonathan Trott go and play that first Test match and then just say 'I'm not well' wasn't that picked up?

    "Graeme Swann plays three Test matches, loses and leaves. That's two very experienced players who have just gone and left the side. That shows there is not a mentality pushing in the right direction, perhaps there are too many agendas going on."

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    GET INVOLVED- #bbcsportsday

    We're asking this morning if Theo Walcott's injury will have more of an impact on Arsenal or England. And also whether Kevin Pietersen should continue to be seen as England's premier batsman for the 2015 Ashes. Please send in your thoughts to #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    John McKenna: Pace is thin on the ground when it comes to England's attacking players, Walcott will be missed in my opinion.

    Max Young: At least this gives Serge Gnabry a chance to prove his worth, equal amount of ability as Walcott if not more!

    Si Hawkes: I don't think Arsene was ever going to buy in January, but Theo's injury will force him to. How Arsene handles this is key.

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    THE ASHES

    More from former England captain Michael Vaughan on 5 live last night: "Back in the summer when England won 3-0 I reckon Flower realised this England batting line-up didn't like facing pace so the wickets were doctored, yes to help Graeme Swann, but as much to make sure our batters weren't playing on pitches that had any bounce and pace. This England team just gets blown away by anybody that's got two or three bowlers at 87mph plus."

  15. 0916:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Former Manchester United midfielder Lou Macari with more of the current problems at Old Trafford. "Any team missing people like Vidic and Patrice Evra and probably your two best players Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney is going to find it difficult.

    "Get those players back and they'll be a change and everybody fit and you'll see a better Manchester United. There's not going to be four or five players coming in the transfer window. It's just not going to happen."

  16. 0922: 
    THE ASHES
    Australia captain Michael Clarke meets the fans

    Australia's Ashes-winning team were greeted by thousands of fans and the country's Prime Minister Tony Abbott at Sydney Opera House on Tuesday. Mr Abbott said: "I just want to say to all of our players, thank you for making every one of us so proud this summer and thank you for showing the grit and the character which you displayed this summer."

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    GET INVOLVED

    While Theo Walcott faces up to the likelihood of missing next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil, we are asking you if his long absence will be felt more by Arsenal or England. Here's a selection of your comments on our Facebook page:

    Jon Searle: Just going to have to pile all the pressure on Rooney again, as usual. If only he had the players around him to match his talent. Rooney loves playing a pacey forward in behind the defence. Big loss for England, anyone who says otherwise with the form Walcott was showing is an idiot!

    Martin Smith: His injuries have been his handicap..... Just wonder if he didn't play for Wenger if he would of stayed fitter longer.........

    Olly Cole: Wouldn't have made the squad anyway.

  18. 0934: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Leeds Rhinos utility-back Luke Briscoe is set to move on a season-long loan to Super League rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

    Former England academy player Briscoe, 19, missed most of the 2013 season with a back injury.

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    WALCOTT INJURY

    Arsenal and Germany forward Lukas Podolski on Theo Walcott's injury: Such a bad luck for Theo and the whole team! All the best for you to come back soon!! #getwellsoon

  20. 0945: 
    LATEST TRANSFER GOSSIP

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is considering making a £6m bid for Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, according to Talksport.

    The England international, 31, has been tipped to leave the Etihad Stadium this month after failing to become a regular starter under new Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini.

  21. 0951: 
    FOOTBALL
    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 400th career goal with a brace against Celta Vigo, dedicating them to his fellow Portuguese Eusebio, whose funeral was held yesterday.

    "He was very close to me and helped me a lot. He is a mythic figure, and for me today is a very sad day," said Ronaldo after his league-leading 19th and 20th goals of the season.

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    FOOTBALL

    Thousands of mourners gathered in Benfica's Estadio da Luz on Monday to view the coffin of Eusebio, ahead of his funeral in Lisbon.

    Watch BBC Sport's video of the memorial service for the Portuguese football legend.

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    GOSSIP COLUMN

    Here are some items from today's BBC Sport Gossip column and Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata is set to have talks about his Stamford Bridge future later this week - with a transfer to Atletico Madrid is still on the cards for the 25-year-old. (Mirror)

    Manchester United have sent sent scouts to watch Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, 25, and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, 24. (Daily Mail)

    Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis is planning on making a loan bid for Chelsea striker Demba Ba, 28. (Daily Mirror)

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    THE ASHES

    Those of you wishing to watch Australia celebrate their Ashes triumph can do so with a picture gallery on the BBC website now.

  25. 1012: 
    TENNIS

    Former world number one Martina Navratilova backs Serena Williams to win more than 20 Grand Slam titles.

    Williams, 32, currently has 17 - one below Navratilova and seven short of Margaret Court's all-time record.

    But Navratilova says: "If she can stay healthy there is no doubt she can go into the 20s - the sky is the limit. I know how hard it is once you get to 30, all those little niggling injuries get worse and it's much easier to have an off day. But still, she is eager and winning is very contagious - once you get really used to it, you don't want to let go of it."

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    WOMEN'S CRICKET

    England Women drew their tour match with the Shooting Stars in Perth after the home side replied to England's 386 all out with 301-7. Anya Shrubsole was the pick of the England bowlers with 3-35. The points-based Women's Ashes begins on Friday with the only Test match and continues with three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 games, points awarded for each format.

  27. 1023: 
    RALLYING

    Britain's Sam Sunderland claimed the first stage win of his career with victory in stage two in the bike classification of the Dakar Rally in Argentina.

  28. 1027: 
    LEAGUE CUP

    Still affected by cup fever after the weekend's FA Cup action? Luckily there is another dose of knockout football coming up this week to satisfy your needs.

    The League Cup semi-finals begin later as Sunderland host Manchester United in their first-leg clash at the Stadium of Light, Then, West Ham travel to Manchester City on Wednesday in the other last-four tie.

    Watch a special Football Focus preview of the two ties from presenter Dan Walker, ex-England defender Martin Keown and former Republic of Ireland winger Kevin Kilbane.

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    LEAGUE CUP

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce at his media conference ahead of tomorrow's League Cup semi-final first-leg with Manchester City: "I'm obviously pleased with the united front we're showing in these circumstances. We all understand the difficult position we're in."

  30. 1031: 
    MICHAEL SCHUMACHER

    Michael Schumacher's wife Corinna asks the media for privacy at the Grenoble hospital where the seven-time Formula 1 champion is being treated after a skiing accident.

    The German, 45, remains stable but critical after suffering head injuries in the French Alps last week.

  31. 1035: 
    LEAGUE CUP
    West Ham

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce confirms record signing Andy Carroll, who has not played this season with a foot injury, could return in the near future. "Andy Carroll is training today and hopefully we'll see him on the bench in the next week or so."

  32. 1041: 
    LEAGUE CUP

    Sam Allardyce assesses West Ham's prospects as they face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in tomorrow's first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final. "We don't have to win but we have to come back here with something realistic. We have to try to nullify a great attacking force. We are in an exciting cup tie with a massive joy at the end of it if we get to Wembley.

    "We need a bit of fortune and to be organised and committed and who knows what can happen?"

  33. 1044: 
    LEAGUE CUP

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says new defender Roger Johnson, who has joined on loan from Wolves for the rest of the season, will bring much-needed physical attributes to his injury-depleted defence.

    "The big things about Roger were his height, which we're short of at present, his Premier League experience and he's not cup-tied," says Allardyce, in his news conference ahead of Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final at Manchester City.

    "We're reasonably close to bringing in another player, but we never know until the deal is signed. We hope one or two may get clinched."

  34. 1046: 
    TENNIS
    Agnieszka Radwanska

    American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands, the world number 48, beats top seed and defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska, the world number five, 7-5 6-2 in the Sydney International.

  35.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcsportsday

    We're asking this morning if Theo Walcott's injury will have more of an impact on Arsenal or England. And also whether Kevin Pietersen should continue to be seen as England's premier batsman for the 2015 Ashes. Please send in your thoughts to #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Callum Vurley: Dropping Pietersen would be like dropping Rooney for England.

    Dale Wright: I don't see it as a huge loss, the Ox is a more complete player for both Arsenal and England, it'll be his time to shine!

    Jawad Kayani: Walcott is more serious for England WC hopes because Arsenal can replace him in January but England can't buy pace of Walcott.

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    LEAGUE CUP

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says he "has a lot of sympathy" for Hammers fans following the 5-0 FA Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest - but make no apologies for fielding a weakened side against the Championship side.

    "I have to make available the freshest team I could for Wednesday against the most free-scoring team in the Premier League," he says ahead of the Capital One Cup semi-final against Manchester City.

  37. 1059: 
    LEAGUE CUP

    Loan signing Roger Johnson goes straight into the West Ham squad for tomorrow's semi-final first-leg at Manchester City, with Winston Reid (ankle), James Collins and James Tomkins (both groin) are all still sidelined.

    Mark Noble (calf) has an outside chance of being involved but captain Kevin Nolan is suspended, whilst Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) is also absent.

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    Three-time Olympic medallist Louis Smith announces his return to full-time training as he bids to compete for England at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

    Smith, 24, has not competed since winning individual silver on the pommel horse at London 2012. He took a break from the sport to pursue other activities - notably winning BBC's Strictly Come Dancing - and consider his future in gymnastics.

  39. 1110: 
    COMMONWEALTH GAMES
    Louis Smith

    Great Britain's three-time Olympic medallist Louis Smith, on why he has decided to return to full-time gymnastics: "I am an athlete and as has always been the case, I will be there in the pursuit of success.

    "I'm not done with gymnastics yet. I have unfinished business. Should I qualify, the opportunity to compete on home turf again is one that I will relish".

  40. 1116: 
    LOUIS SMITH'S ACHIEVEMENTS

    • First British man to win an Olympic gymnastics medal in 100 years when he won pommel horse bronze at Beijing 2008.

    • Followed that success with team bronze and pommel horse silver at London 2012

    • Has also won one gold and four silver European medals

    • Hoping to add to his previous Commonwealth gold and bronze medals at Glasgow 2014

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    GET INVOLVED- #bbcsportsday

    We are asking if Theo Walcott's injury will have more of an impact on Arsenal or England. Please send in your thoughts to #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Andy McDougall: Walcott wouldn't get anywhere near the top European national teams. Another overhyped Eng player that never reached potential

    Alex Whittingham: Walcott has been in great form but Hodgson needs to build the team around Ross Barkley. He is our greatest talent.

    Viv Powers: With Townsend, Lennon, Sterling & Zaha England have plenty of replacements for Walcott but Arsenal just may struggle

  42. 1126: 
    FOOTBALL

    West Brom striker Shane Long tells the Birmingham Mail that the Baggies - currently 14th in the Premier League - do not need to make signings in the transfer window: "We're covered everywhere, [former manager] Steve Clarke did well, he brought in good options. We're optimistic of staying up. We're definitely good enough."

  43. 1134: 
    A QUESTION OF SPORT

    Here is today's teaser, and the subject is golf. Who are the five Americans in the world top 10? Answers for you from 14:00 GMT.

  44. 1139: 
    WALCOTT INJURY
    Cyrille Regis

    Former West Brom, Coventry and England striker Cyrille Regis, who missed the 1982 World Cup through injury, believes Theo Walcott could still be fit for next summer's finals.

    But Regis, 55, who won five caps between 1982 and 1987, says it would now be difficult for the Arsenal winger to break into Roy Hodgson's squad even if he did recover in time.

    "He probably could still make it (to the World Cup)," Regis tells BBC Radio 5 live. "It means we've got to talk about his form, whether he's in the right condition, whether other people deserve to go to the World Cup more than him.

    "I'm sure his focus will be 'I just want to get fit and give myself a chance' and then we'll see, but for me it was devastating at the time."

  45. 1144: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

    Lionel Messi is back in the Barcelona squad for tomorrow's King's Cup match against Getafe. The 26-year-old playmaker has not featured since straining a thigh muscle in November. Read more European stories in our Euro section.

  46. 1151: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester City Ladies sign New Zealand midfielder Betsy Hassett, 23, on a one-year contract.

    Hassett, who represented her country at the 2011 Women's World Cup and the 2012 Olympics, played for German second-tier side Sand last year.

    City Ladies will compete in the expanded Women's Super League for the first time in 2014 and they have added Hassett's signing to those of England internationals Jill Scott, Karen Bardsley, Toni Duggan and Steph Houghton.

  47. 1159: 
    FOOTBALL

    The Premier League confirms referee Mark Clattenburg will still be considered to officiate Southampton's fixtures, reports the Daily Mirror.

    Clattenburg, 38, was cleared by the Football Association of any wrongdoing after the Saints complained he had insulted captain Adam Lallana during the 2-1 defeat at Everton last month.

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    GET INVOLVED

    We are asking if Theo Walcott's injury will have more of an impact on Arsenal or England. And also should Kevin Pietersen continue to be seen as England's premier batsman for the 2015 Ashes? Please send in your thoughts to #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Gerry King: Arsenal have been without Walcott for most of the season and we've been absolutely fine! Wish him a speedy recovery

    Paul Blake: Walcott has more goals and assists than Townsend, Lennon, Sterling put together. Big loss

    Harry Safri: The Ashes. KP should be captain not Cook. Cook too negative with field. Need to train up youngster like Root for future.

  49. 1207: 
    CRICKET

    Australia seamer Ryan Harris will delay knee surgery to play in the three-Test series in South Africa next month. The 34-year-old had been due to have an operation before the final Ashes Test in Sydney but said: "I wanted to be a part of it for the whole thing."

    Of the long-standing problem he says: "My knee is no different now than it was a month ago or six weeks ago. Unless something really bad goes wrong, which I don't think it will, after Africa we'll get back and we've got enough time off to get it cleaned up and go from there."

  50. 1212: 
    LATEST TRANSFER GOSSIP

    Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp believes Newcastle United should move quickly to sign on-loan striker Loic Remy - or risk losing the Frenchman to another club.

    Remy, 27, has scored 10 top-flight goals for the Premier League side since leaving relegated QPR in the summer. He joined the west London club in an £8m deal from Marseille last January.

    "You'd think [Newcastle] would want to snap him up, wouldn't you? If they don't then someone else will," Redknapp is quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard. "For what we got him for, he's probably worth double that now."

  51. 1216: 
    TRANSFER DONE DEAL

    Fulham striker Marcello Trotta extends his loan spell at League One leaders Brentford until the end of the season.

    The Italian, 21, has scored seven goals for the Bees, including three in his last four games.

  52. 1220: 
    RUGBY UNION

    BBC Radio Manchester: Bristol confirm the signing of Sale Sharks scrum-half Dwayne Peel on a two-year deal for next season.

  53. 1229: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Bristol director of rugby Andy Robinson describes 32-year-old former Wales scrum-half Dwayne Peel joining the club in June as "a major coup" and adds: "Dwayne's decision to join us is a real indication of the direction we want to go in."

  54. 1235: 
    BASKETBALL
    Luol Deng

    Great Britain forward Luol Deng, 28, leaves the Chicago Bulls after being traded to their NBA rivals Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Deng, who represented Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics, moves to Ohio in exchange for centre Andrew Bynum and three draft picks.

    He has spent his entire professional career with the Bulls and has been named in the NBA All-Star team in the past two seasons.

  55. 1240: 
    FOOTBALL

    Championship side Blackpool fine striker Michael Chopra and warn the 30-year-old about his future conduct after he made derogatory comments on Twitter regarding a training session.

  56. 1245: 
    TRANSFER DONE DEAL

    Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo completes a loan move to Championship side Middlesbrough until the end of the season.

    The Nigeria international, 20, can operate as a central-defender or right-back. He has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Blues since joining the Premier League club in July 2011.

  57.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcsportsday

    We are asking if Theo Walcott's injury will have more of an impact on Arsenal or England. And also should Kevin Pietersen continue to be seen as England's premier batsman for the 2015 Ashes? Please send in your thoughts to #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Stuart Latarche: No one player underpins a serious title challenge. We'll miss his pace but we have other match winners. New signing will help.

    Umar Bappah: Walcott injury will not be a major problem having Chamberlain/Podolski/Gnabry for AFC and Townsend/Chamberlain for England.

    The collector: KP can't be captain, the same way Flintoff's tenure was a disaster too. Bigger ego to think of big picture. Cook will improve.

  58. 1252: 
    DARTS

    BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright at Lakeside: "Today's afternoon session at Lakeside promises to be an absolute cracker.

    "As if the first appearance of top seed Stephen Bunting at this year's tournament isn't enough, the day's opening contest brings together two darting powerhouses. Martin Adams, three times a champion at Frimley Green, faces Tony O'Shea, three times a beaten finalist here. One not to miss."

    And you will not miss a second of the exciting action on the oche. Live coverage begins at 13:00 GMT on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website.

  59. 1257: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Oldham midfielder Cristian Montano's appeal against his sacking will be heard on 23 January.

    The 22-year-old former West Ham trainee was sacked in December following his arrest by the National Crime Agency as part of its probe into spot-fixing in football.

  60. 1259: 
    LEAGUE CUP
    Manchester City

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini confirms Sergio Aguero, Stevan Jovetic and Jack Rodwell are still injured and cannot play in Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final against West Ham.

    The Blues boss is holding his pre-match news conference ahead of the first leg at the Etihad Stadium.

  61. 1302: 
    LEAGUE CUP

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says right-back Micah Richards is fit to play against West Ham - but has been left out of the squad.

    "He must work a little more, but he's not injured," says the Chilean in his news conference ahead of Wednesday's Capital One Cup tie.

    Argentine defender Martin Demichelis returns to the squad after missing the past four games through injury.

  62. 1306: 
    LEAGUE CUP

    Spain international Jesus Navas looks set to miss Manchester City's Capital One Cup semi-final against West Ham on Wednesday through injury.

    "Jesus Navas has a little problem with his knee," says Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini in his pre-match news conference. "It's not very important, but we are just being cautious."

  63. 1310: 
    LEAGUE CUP

    Argentina striker Sergio Aguero is likely to be fit for Manchester City's Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona next month, according to Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini.

    Top scorer Aguero, who has netted 19 goals this season, has missed the last six games with a calf injury. City host the Spanish champions in their first-leg clash on 18 February.

    "I think Sergio will be back during January - he's working, he is training," says Pellegrini ahead of Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final against West Ham.

  64. 1317: 
    ATHLETICS

    British athletes, including javelin thrower Goldie Sayers, question the £90,000 bonus awarded to UK Athletics chief executive Niels de Vos.

    The 46-year-old's salary increased by £93,788 in the 2012-13 tax year.

    Sayers tweeted: "How can Neils de Vos award himself a pay rise for 2012/13 whilst we are losing voluntary coaches every year due to lack of funds?"

  65.  
    GET INVOLVED

    We are asking if Theo Walcott's injury will have more of an impact on Arsenal or England. Please send in your thoughts to #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Andrew Pryor-Jones: Walcott will be missed by England far more than Arsenal. Arsenal have options with far more experience, England don't.

    Matthew Beattie: If Walcott's injury is bad news for club and country, just imagine how bad it is for his confidence.

  66. 1323: 
    DARTS

    Three-time champion Martin Adams takes the first set in his opening BDO World Championship match against fellow Englishman Tony O'Shea.

    Watch all the action from Lakeside on BBC Two or right here on the BBC Sport website.

  67. 1331: 
    LATEST FOOTBALL GOSSIP

    Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis claims Wilfried Zaha will not return to the Eagles this month because Manchester United boss David Moyes does not want to send the 21-year-old back to London.

    The England winger, who signed for the Red Devils 12 months ago before being loaned back to Palace, has played in just two league games this season.

    "We've spoken to David Moyes about Zaha and I don't think he's too keen on him coming back to London," Pulis tells Talksport.

  68. 1334: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn announces she will not be competing in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics because of a knee injury.

    The American, 29, was a major doubt after her right knee gave way in last month's World Cup downhill.

    The Val d'Isere event was Vonn's comeback appearance after 10 months out with the knee injury she suffered in last February's World Championships in Austria.

  69. 1337: 
    DARTS

    Martin Adams beats Tony O'Shea 3-0 at the BDO World Darts Championship in Surrey. Coverage continues on BBC Two now.

  70. 1338: 
    WINTER OLYMPICS

    Olympic champion Lindsay Vonn says she is "devastated" to be ruled out of Sochi 2014 with a knee injury.

    "I did everything I possibly could to somehow get strong enough to overcome having no anterior cruciate ligament but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level.," says the American on her Facebook page.

  71. 1341: 
    WINTER OLYMPICS

    Lindsay Vonn says she will have surgery "soon" and sets a target of returning to fitness for next February's World Championships in Colorado.

    "On a positive note, this means there will be an additional spot [at the Olympics] so that one of my teammates can go for gold," she adds.

    "Thank you all so much for all of the love and support. I will be cheering for all of the Olympians and especially team USA!"

  72. 1350: 
    FOOTBALL

    Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark says it was an innocuous training ground challenge that led to team-mate Libor Kozak suffering a broken leg and explains on the club's website: "We were playing a possession game and it was a clash of legs. No-one expected it and we thought he was going to get back up.

    "He's had his treatment and hopefully he'll come back stronger. All the lads are thinking of him. Hopefully he'll make a full recovery."

  73. 1354: 
    LEAGUE CUP

    More on the Manchester City team to face West Ham in tomorrow's semi-final first-leg at the Etihad, Dedryck Boyata is suspended, so joins Sergio Aguero, Steven Jovetic, Jack Rodwell and Micah Richards on the list of absentees.

  74. 1357: 
    FOOTBALL

    Anti-racism group Kick It Out has reported cases of anti-Semitic abuse between Arsenal and Tottenham fans on Twitter to the police.

  75. 1400: 
    A QUESTION OF SPORT

    The five American golfers in the world top 10 are Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Steve Stricker.

  76. 1404: 
    WINTER OLYMPICS

    With one month to go before the Winter Olympics, Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee President and CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko issues a statement which reads: "We are ready and in full Olympic mode. Every sport venue is fully prepared and has been thoroughly tested, new road and rail routes are ready to transport visitors and rehearsals for the Opening Ceremony are well underway. Athletes, coaches and the media have all received their official accreditations and are gearing up to travel to Sochi, where our volunteers and staff will give them the warmest of welcomes."

  77. 1407: 
    WINTER OLYMPICS

    The remainder of the statement from Sochi 2014's Dmitry Chernyshenko: "Sochi will be a truly memorable Games, where the world's greatest winter athletes will compete against a stunning backdrop of the Black Sea coast and snowy mountain peaks that will amaze audiences across the world. While today we focus on the Games and some wonderful sport, it is highly rewarding to see Sochi's new year-round resort which forms part of the legacy of the Games that will transform the region for generations."

  78. 1410: 
    RUGBY UNION
    Rory Best

    Ulster hooker Rory Best, who broke his arm in Ireland's autumn Test against New Zealand last November, has resumed training and could feature in his club's Heineken Cup clash with Montpellier at Ravenhill on Friday.

  79. 1423: 
    FOOTBALL

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez hopes left-back Leighton Baines will be fit for Saturday's home match with Norwich after missing the FA Cup victory over QPR last week because of back trouble. "I would say Leighton will be back in training on Thursday. We'll then have to assess him.

    "Back spasms can be cleared completely or they can leave you a little bit with a lack of mobility," Martinez says. "Any player needs to be 100% to be able to play and to be considered to play, so we'll assess Leighton on Thursday, see how he is and take it from there."

  80.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcsportsday

    Scorer 15: Walcott has no idea what to do against a deep defence. His record for England is poor and he provides nothing.

    Andrew Pryor-Jones: Walcott will be missed by England far more than Arsenal. Arsenal have options with far more experience, England don't.

    Simon Francis: England have options down the right. Club partnerships available in Sterling & Johnson or Townsend & Walker.

  81. 1432: 
    LEAGUE CUP- Sunderland v Manchester United (19:45 GMT)

    Sunderland are hopeful of welcoming back the defensive duo of John O'Shea and Wes Brown to face their old club in tonight's semi-final first-leg.

    United have doubts over Rio Ferdinand's fitness after he limped off with a knee problem against Swansea. However Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Michael Carrick could all return to David Moyes' line-up.

  82. 1438: 
    LEAGUE CUP- Sunderland v Manchester United (19:45 GMT)

    A couple of facts for you ahead of tonight's match, Sunderland have only reached the final of the League Cup on one occasion, losing 1-0 to Norwich at Wembley in 1985. The last time they made it to the semi-finals was in the 1998-99 season, where they lost to Leicester over two-legs.

  83. 1442: 
    LEAGUE CUP- Sunderland v Manchester United (19:45 GMT)

    For all their much-fabled problems at home, Manchester United are unbeaten in their last seven away games, and have won the last three. They are also yet to concede a goal in their three League Cup ties so far.

  84.  
    LEAGUE CUP- Sunderland v Manchester United (19:45 GMT)

    Opta Joe: Manchester United have won eight of their last nine League Cup semi-final ties, losing only to Chelsea in 2004/05.

  85. 1450:  
    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    A reminder that you can hear live commentary of tonight's match in 5 live Sport with Mark Chapman from the Stadium of Light from 19:00 GMT. John Murray is your commentator, with summaries by former England winger Chris Waddle. There is also live text here on the website with BBC Sport's Tom Rostance.

  86. 1453: 
    DARTS

    Scott Mitchell has beaten Paul "Crocodile Dundee" Hogan 3-2 in the first round of the BDO World Darts Championship.

  87. 1456: 
    FOOTBALL

    Leicester are close to completing a deal to sign Le Havre winger Riyad Mahrez, say BBC Radio Leicester. Reports in France have claimed the 22-year-old could sign three-and-a-half-year deal at the King Power Stadium.

    Nabil Djellit, who works for France Football magazine, told BBC Radio Leicester the deal could be done "perhaps by Wednesday". He added: "The deal is OK between Riyad and Leicester, but the deal is not yet OK between Le Havre and Leicester."

  88. 1459: 
    FOOTBALL

    Reading boss Nigel Adkins dismisses shortening odds on him taking the vacant managerial post at West Bromwich Albion as "bookies' speculation".

    "A chancer puts on £25 and the bookie takes the odds all the way down," Adkins, 48, tells BBC Radio Berkshire.

    Steve Clarke was sacked by the Baggies in December with the club two points above the Premier League relegation zone.

  89. 1500: 

    And that is where we leave it for today, many thanks for being with us. Sportsday returns at 0800 GMT on Wednesday, have a good evening/morning/afternoon, wherever you are.

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