April 1st, 2010

Nina Dobrev
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Bad news come in threes. Gerrard out for the season!

Steven Gerrard's season is likely to be over after he was hurt in a challenge by team mate Javier Mascherano during training at Melwood, the day Liverpool were due to fly out for their Europa tie against Benfica.

On the day, Gerrard's international team mate Wayne Rooney's injury overshadowed the news, Gerrard was on the end of a mistimed tackle by Argentina's captain Mascherano. It appears that Gerrard has suffered a break in his fifth metatarsal meaning he will be sidelined for at least 6-8 weeks ruling him out of the club's remaining fixtures and he faces a race to be fit for the World Cup.

The finals start in June and the club doctor Mark Waller told the BBC: "Stevie is distraught that he will be unable to help his team mates try and finish fourth as well as progress to the Europa final.

"With this being a World Cup year too, Gerrard is upset with the timing of the injury but he is quite a positive individual and aims to be fit for England's first match. He is confident his team mates can cope with his absense".

Rafa Benitez added: "It's a big blow, because Stevie is our captain and we finally had him and Fernando fit which is really positive for our team which is a fact.

"It wasn't a bad tackle by Masch, they were both simply challenging for the ball and he caught him and Stevie instantly signalled that something wasn't right. It's amazing how many injuries we've suffered this season, I don't understand this but it's a fact it is beyond our control.

"I have other players like Kuyt, Maxi and Babel who I feel can help us with our objectives"

England coach Fabio Capello will be cursing his luck with the latest setback. Owen Hargreaves has not played since 2008, Ashley Cole and Glen Johnson have injuries ruling them out for lengthy periods, David James was carried of with a calf injury last weekend and the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Theo Walcott have struggled with form and fitness. But the most worrying injury is that of Wayne Rooney whose diagnosis has still not been confirmed by his club Manchester United.

The dreaded metatarsal injury has become quite notorious within the England camp, with Michael Owen suffering a break in 2006 and David Beckham during 2002.

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Ballack is too good for April Fools'


Carlo Ancelotti revealed last night how his April Fool's Day wind-up was spoiled
by the one Chelsea player you'd expect to not have a sense of humour.

Ancelotti thought he would catch out his squad when he made a big announcement at the start of training at their Cobham base. But the jape fell flat, much to Ancelotti's disappointment, because Michael Ballack doesn't do laughter.

Ancelotti admitted: "I tried to do a joke but the players found me out straight away.

"I said to them 'today we change training; I want to do double session because I need to try a new tactical shape for the United game'.

"And Ballack turned straight to me and said: 'Coach, it's April 1st today!' [and] That was it!"


I liked it better when his jokes were about Pirlo moving to Chelsea.