Danny Welbeck suffers yet more injury heartache

Photo credit: @Arsenal on Twitter

Poor Danny Welbeck will once again disappear under the radar for a substantial amount of time, after the striker was ruled out for around nine months following a knee injury suffered during Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Arsenal today announced that tests following the injury showed “significant cartilage damage”, and the 25-year-old has now had surgery too.

However, the injury is not the same that the unlucky former-Manchester United star suffered earlier in the season, which saw him miss a total of seven months of this campaign.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger had admitted after Sunday’s game that he was “worried” by the injury, and his fears have become a reality sadly.

There had been calls for Welbeck to be chosen by Roy Hodgson for the 23-man England squad in France this summer, after he came back from his previous injury to score five times in the second half of the season.

Due to the length of his previous knee injury, many had forgotten just how lethal he can be, but he showed his worth to the Arsenal side as his goal saw his side on their way to a 2-1 defeat of eventual champions Leicester City back in February on his return.

The good news though, is that Welbeck seems to be in good spirits and confident that he can bounce back from this huge set as he posted this update to his 20,000 Twitter followers:

Arsenal’s Alex Oxelade-Chamberlain was also ruled out last week with a knee injury, and like Welbeck, will miss England’s Euro 2016 campaign.

All the best for your recovery Danny.

Black Cats sack Adam Johnson

28-year-old winger Adam Johnson has today been sacked by Sunderland AFC after the footballer pleaded guilty to one charge of grooming and one count of participating in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16 years.

The Black Cats had announced earlier in the day that Johnson would be unavailable for their Premier League match on Saturday with Manchester United.

There could still be parts of the story to unfold as the midfielder will face two further counts of sexual activity with a child on Friday – but this is something he currently denies.

Sunderland released a club statement 7:35pm which read as follows:

“In light of Adam Johnson’s guilty pleas, the club has today terminated his contract with immediate effect.

The club will make no further comment.”

The Sunderland born player has also had his boot sponsorship deal with Nike severed today too, as many of those who were closely linked to him look to distance themselves from association quickly.

“Adidas can confirm that it has terminated its contract with footballer Adam Johnson with immediate effect.

“This follows his guilty pleas entered earlier this week.” A statement read.

Johnson had enjoyed his final game in Sunderland’s red and white having been a major part of the club’s fight back from 2-0 down at Liverpool, as he scored direct from a free kick to make the scores 2-1 – before Jermaine Defoe equalised seven minutes later to finish the game at 2-2.

Let’s take a look at how Twitter reacted (Including an old one from another Adam Johnson from around the time the story first unfolded):

(The views in the tweets do not necessarily match mine. Just thought they were share worthy.)

Which Premier League team travels the most this season?

The Premier League is the most watched football league around the world. Watched across the globe by millions and loyal fans, it also is the highest paid league with footballers paid wages that we can only dream of.

The Premier League season 2015/2016 has been a turbulent one so far, with Leicester surprising us all. It has been great to see the underdog lead the pack, but could this be because they don’t travel far to matches on average? Compared to teams like Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United?

Harrison and Rowley have done the number crunching figures and bring to you an infographic showing how much each Premier League travels over the course of the 2015/2016 season and the results we found were surprising. Newcastle, Sunderland and Swansea lead the top 3 positions as the most travelling teams. As they are situated far in the North it is understandable that they have to travel more then central teams. The teams in the bottom 3 that travel the least are Aston Villa, Leicester and West Brom, the Midlands teams.

Could travelling less be the reason why Leicester City are top of the league? With Newcastle the most travelling team could this be the reason why they are at the bottom of the league? Well we shall let you decide for yourself, in the meantime how does you team rank? Let us know!

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Teddy Sheringham to dust off the old boots

Source: Premierleague.com

Stevenage football club have announced that their manager Teddy Sheringham has registered himself as a player, in order to be able to participate in the club’s Hertfordshire Senior Cup tie on Wednesday with Welwyn Garden City.

The former-England, Spurs and Manchester United star will play on Wednesday at the age of 49, and will be joined by his assistant at the club, Kevin Watson, who has also been registered at 41 years old.

The move will come as more of a shock for those who are not fans of ‘Boro, with the club stating it was “not an uncommon occurrence at the club”.

Former-goalkeeping coach Dave Beasant was named on the bench for the club’s League Two play off first leg against Southend United last season, a tie they would eventually lose over the course of both legs.

Sheringham scored 11 goals in 51 appearances for England on the international stage, and originally hung up his playing boots back in 2008 at the age of 42 – after a short spell with Colchester United.

A spell as an attacking coach at West Ham United ended in May as Sheringham was offered the chance to take the helm at Stevenage. It us not yet known whether the ‘Boro boss will be considering himself for the chance to grace the grass in any of the club’s League Two fixtures, but who knows if he bags a few on Wednesday?

Luke Shaw suffers horror injury in Champions League opener

Manchester United's Shaw is taken off on a stretcher following what looked like a horrific injury on Tuesday

Manchester United full back Luke Shaw has tonight suffered what looks to be a double leg fracture after a challenge from PSV’s Hector Moreno during their Champions League opener.

Shaw received treatment on the pitch for ten minutes whilst paramedics tried to reduce the pain, and get the youngster into a comfortable state to remove the player from the pitch with the least risk of further injury.

The 20-year-old had been in fine form in the early stages of the season for United, in what will not only be a bitter blow to the player – but also to his manager Louis van Gaal. Shaw had not only been impressing for his club this season, as he was given starts in England’s two European Championship qualifiers last week against San Marino and Switzerland, with him particularly impressing in the latter match.

It did not take Shaw long to update his fans on Twitter, as he said: “Thank you everyone for your messages, words can’t describe how gutted I am, my road to recovery starts now, I will come back stronger.”

A shocking night was capped off by an equally shocking result, as Memphis Depay’s opener for United was canceled out by an equaliser from Moreno – before Luciano Narsingh’s second half winner.

We at Sporting Way of Life would like to wish Luke Shaw all the best with his recovery from tonight’s shocking injury, and hope to see him donning the red of Manchester and white of England soon.