Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has been ruled out of Japan’s World Cup qualifier in Oman on November 14 due to a knee injury he suffered a week ago, the Japan Football Association said Tuesday.Kagawa was not among the 18 Europe-based players who coach Alberto Zaccheroni planned to call up for his 23-man squad for the Oman game, the association said.The 23-year-old summer signing was injured in Manchester United’s 3-2 Champions League win over Braga on October 23.He will miss the top-of-the-table Premiership game with Chelsea on Sunday as his club wanted him to be out for four weeks.Among the 18 Europe-based players are regulars such as CSKA Moscow playmaker Keisuke Honda and Inter-Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo. They also included Southampton striker Tadanari Lee, who has not played for Japan since suffering an ankle injury in March.In World Cup qualifying, Japan are leading Asian Group B with 10 points from three wins over Oman, Jordan and Iraq as well as one draw with Australia.
Former QPR boss Harry Redknapp believes the acquisition of Andre Ayew by Swansea City on a free is a smart piece of business. The Ghanaian international was a big figure in France, scoring 60 French top-flight goals over the past five seasons and attracting many suitors from the big European clubs.With his contract expiring this summer, there was a scramble for Ayew’s signature with Swansea City coming out tops pulling off a real coup by bringing him in ahead of heavy competition.Signing Ayew on a four-year deal, Garry Monk’s side further enhanced their credentials as an established top-half Premier League side and Redknapp believes it’s potentially a real value-for-money deal.“An excellent free transfer. Had he not wound down his contract at Marseille he would command a transfer fee of around £15million,” Redknapp told the Sun.“I know there were other clubs chasing this guy, 25, so for Swansea to get him is a big coup. He can play wide and come into the middle or right down the center.” “This is a deal that if it comes off it could prove one of the best value-for-money transfers of the entire summer without capturing massive headlines,” he added.The 25 year old comes to Swansea with loads of experience participating in two World Cups, winning the youth World Cup and several Champions League football under his belt.–
There will be plenty more “incarcerated” today, as unsuspecting coworkers and friends are hauled to the mock jail, where they must fundraise enough money to “make bail” before being released.Last year over $33,000 was raised, and all the funds go towards the Cops for Cancer Tour de North bike ride this fall, and ultimately cancer research. The 2013 Tour will kick off in Dawson Creek, stopping in Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope, Chetwynd, and Mackenzie on its way to Williams Lake, and will have both Constable Vandine and Inspector Pat Egan taking part.- Advertisement –