Author: PA Sport

Michael Keane hails Burnley’s ability to fight to the end

Michael Keane has praised Burnley's never-say-die spirit after the club again showed their ability to strike in 'Fergie time'. The Clarets extended their unbeaten run to 20 games in midweek thanks to Keane's last-gasp equaliser against Sky Bet Championship leaders Middlesbrough. The defender, 23, kept Burnley on Boro's tail with a scuffed stoppage-time finish from a corner in a 1-1 draw which came just four games after Keane had also salvaged a draw at third-placed Brighton. Keane came through the ranks at Manchester United at a time when the Red Devils, under Sir Alex Ferguson, would often score decisive late ... Read more

Divock Origi’s ankle not broken but injury casts shadow on Liverpool’s derby win

A potentially serious injury to in-form striker Divock Origi cast a shadow over Liverpool's 4-0 thumping of Everton in the 226th Merseyside derby. The usually ebullient Jurgen Klopp admitted he found it difficult to raise a smile despite Origi, Mamadou Sakho, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho completing a rousing victory over their near-neighbors. Origi, who has become Klopp's first-choice after scoring five goals in as many matches, was carried off on a stretcher after Ramiro Funes Mori was sent off for stamping on his ankle. "Everything is okay – apart from Divock," said the Liverpool manager. "Usually after 4-0 I ... Read more

West Ham loss leaves Quique Sanchez Flores’ Watford future in doubt

Quique Sanchez Flores will lead Watford out at Wembley on Sunday with question marks surrounding his future. The Spaniard has guided the promoted Hornets to Premier League safety with room to spare and to an FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace. Yet Watford's owners are reportedly unhappy at the club's recent slump in form, with just three league wins since the turn of the year. And Flores did little to discourage the rumblings following his side's 3-1 defeat at West Ham on Wednesday night. Your browser does not support iframes. "I'm happy and I feel good," he said. "We have ... Read more

Humbling derby defeat piles pressure on Everton boss Roberto Martinez

Under-fire Roberto Martinez faced further fan fury as his Everton side crashed to a humiliating 4-0 derby defeat at the hands of rivals Liverpool on Wednesday. There was also controversy as Toffees defender Ramiro Funes Mori was sent off for a poor challenge on Liverpool goalscorer Divock Origi, who consequently left the field at Anfield on a stretcher. Funes Mori will now be suspended for Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United and Martinez also has numerous injury worries for a match that now seems critical to his hopes of keeping his job. His side were completely outplayed by Liverpool, ... Read more

Jamie Vardy faces late fitness test for Leicester City’s trip to Newcastle

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy will be given until the last minute to prove his fitness as he chases a record-equaling goal in the Premier League. The forward missed England’s games with Spain and France with a hip injury but trained on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s trip to Newcastle. The Foxes will assess the 28-year-old over the next 48 hours with Vardy a game away from equaling Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Barclays Premier League record of scoring in 10 straight matches when the Dutchman was at Manchester United in 2003. MORE INJURY NEWS: Aguero hopeful | Klopp cautious with Sturridge | Cleverley fit ... Read more

Arsene Wenger reiterates doping concerns, calls soccer’s drug testing ‘superficial’

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called for blood tests to be introduced as a matter of routine in professional soccer, insisting his sport is not immune to the scourge of doping. The Football Association has contacted the Frenchman after he suggested, in a recent interview with L’Equipe Sport and Style, that he had come up against opposition who may have used performance-enhancing drugs. SEE MORE: Arsenal’s best starting XI of all-time. Wenger has long been an advocate of making advances in testing to ensure drug-free soccer and said it was a matter of personal pride he had never resorted to cheating, ... Read more

Klopp refuses to rule out Sturridge for Liverpool’s trip to Manchester City

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has not ruled out Daniel Sturridge for Saturday’s trip to Manchester City, but he insists the striker has to put in more hours on the training ground to prove his long-term fitness. The 26-year-old has played just 242 minutes across three matches this season after recovering from hip surgery which ruled him out of the final six weeks of the previous campaign. He has not featured since playing 90 minutes in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park — Brendan Rodgers’ last match in charge — in October after a collision with Jordon Ibe in training sidelined him ... Read more

Sergio Aguero still aiming to return for Manchester City’s visit from Liverpool

Sergio Aguero hopes to return for Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League leaders’ clash with Liverpool on Saturday. The prolific Argentina striker has missed City’s last seven games after suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty. A comeback for the 27-year-old — who scored five goals against Newcastle on his last City appearance — would be timely, with fellow forward Wilfried Bony doubtful with a hamstring problem. Aguero told the club’s website, www.mcfc.co.uk: “I do hope I can play in this game. I’m doing everything in my power to get to the match in top condition. It’s been a frustrating ... Read more