Iwelumo breaks metatarsal
Chris Iwelumo will miss next month’s start of the English Premier League season because of a foot injury picked up in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 1-0 pre-season win over Perth Glory. The 30-year-old Scottish international forward was helped from the field in Friday’s match after a 50-50 challenge and was later found to have broken a metatarsal in his right foot, club officials said. Wolves manager Mick McCarthy said there was no malice in the strong tackle from Glory’s new Socceroo signing Jacob Burns that forced Iwelumo from the field. “The game was fine, no badness in it at all,” McCarthy told reporters after the match. “It was just an accident. Nothing we could have avoided. It wasn’t too physical, it was purely an accident.” Wolves controlled possession for large periods, but failed to put the Glory away, with goalkeeper Tando Velaphi pulling off two crucial saves. “We were hopeless,” McCarthy said. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake’s strike in the second minute won it.
City give up on Eto’o
English Premier League club Manchester City have given up on a potential move for Barcelona’s Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o. Barcelona had last week appeared to accept Eto’o was on his way to Eastlands, but a contractual hitch emerged between the forward, who scored in the Champions League final win over Manchester United, and City. The club said they have now called off any move for the 28-year-old, who is set to see out the final year of his Barcelona contract. “Samuel Eto’o is undoubtedly a fine footballer, but the circumstances surrounding him were such that the deal could not be completed,” City chief executive Garry Cook told the club’s Web site. “We now feel the time is right to pursue other avenues.”
Monaco in swine flu scare
Five players with French top flight side AS Monaco have the flu and are undergoing tests to determine if they might have swine flu, officials said on Friday, saying the cases were “suspect.” Municipal officials at Allier, in eastern France where the squad are in pre-season training, said the exact nature of the players’ illness was unclear. “They are taking Tamiflu and paracetamol as a precaution,” a source said, saying the swine flu virus A(H1N1) could not necessarily be ruled out, but that the players did not appear to show any symptoms of serious illness.
Jo loaned to Toffees
Brazilian striker Jo agreed to join Everton on a season-long loan deal from Premier League rivals Manchester City on Friday. The 22-year-old, who signed for City for £18 million (US$29 million) from CSKA Moscow last summer, spent five months on loan at Goodison Park last term and scored five times in 12 appearances. He was expected to return to City, but the arrival of Roque Santa Cruz from Blackburn Rovers has put his future at Eastlands in doubt. Everton have also been given permission to hold talks with Sheffield United fullback Kyle Naughton after a £4.5 million fee was agreed between the clubs.
Cabrera joins Atletico
Atletico Madrid have signed teenage Uruguayan defender Leandro Cabrera from Defensor Sporting, the Spanish Primera Liga club said on their Web site on Friday. Atletico did not specify the length of the 18-year-old’s contract, but said he had signed for “the coming seasons.”