Injured Duminy hopeful of recovery

Updated 12 November 2012
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Injured Duminy hopeful of recovery

BRISBANE: South Africa batsman JP Duminy is remaining positive after the “freakish” injury that ruled him out of the test series against Australia and could sideline him from all cricket for six months.
Duminy ruptured his left Achilles tendon during a warm-down session following the opening day’s play of the first Test at the Gabba on Friday. He had an operation to reattach the tendon this weekend but faces a lengthy recovery period of between four and six months.
“I’m still quite young, I still have a long career ahead of me,” Duminy said yesterday. “I’m quite positive about these types of things, over the next four to six months it’s about me putting in the hard work again and making sure I come back to full strength.” The 28-year-old batsman said he hurt himself changing direction during training runs on the pitch. He initially thought he had been hit by a ball before realizing the extent of the injury.
“It was a bit freakish,” Duminy said. “Initially I thought the ball hit me at the back of the foot or somebody slapped me because I heard a clicking sound, but when I turned around and saw that there was nobody behind me I knew that something was wrong.” Duminy, who has established himself as an important part of the top-ranked Proteas Test team, is also set to miss home series against New Zealand and Pakistan early next year.
He was due to return home soon but was tweeting from his hospital bed in Brisbane before and after his surgery on Saturday, thanking teammates and fans for their messages and support.
“Night spent in hospital and been taken well care of, gonna be watching the game from my room today!” Duminy wrote on Twitter as he followed the remainder of the opening Test.


Manchester United inflict more semifinal misery on sorry Spurs

Updated 21 April 2018
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Manchester United inflict more semifinal misery on sorry Spurs

  • Manchester United come from behind to make FA Cup final.
  • Mauricio Pochettino yet to win a trophy as manager.

A third cup final with Manchester United for Jose Mourinho. More FA Cup semifinal misery for Tottenham.
While Mauricio Pochettino wins admiration for his style of football, the manager has yet to actually win a trophy in management.
A 2-1 collapse to United at Wembley Stadium on Saturday left Tottenham reeling from an eighth successive loss in the FA Cup semifinals.
Pochettino is responsible for two of the setbacks, having also fallen short against Chelsea last season.
At the stadium where Tottenham have been playing their home matches this season, Dele Alli's goal gave the 1991 FA Cup winners hope of turning around their miserable record in world football's oldest knockout competition.
But Alexis Sanchez leveled in the 24th minute and Ander Herrera struck the winner in the second half. It ensured Mourinho, who won the League Cup and Europa League in his first season at United, has a chance to also end this campaign with silverware against Chelsea or Southampton in the FA Cup final.
"We're getting used to being in finals," Herrera said. "This club is all about titles and finals."
While Mourinho has fallen short in the English Premier League behind newly crowned champion Manchester City, United are second and on course for their highest finish since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Tottenham would settle with holding onto fourth place to secure a third season in a row in the Champions League.
Liverpool missed a chance to considerably stretch its advantage over Tottenham in one of Saturday's two league games. Juergen Klopp's side threw away a two-goal lead to draw with last-place West Bromwich Albion 2-2 and move only three points ahead of Tottenham.
Chelsea, who plays Southampton in the other FA Cup semifinal on Sunday, are five points behind Tottenham with four games remaining.

POGBA TRANSFORMED
When United fell behind to Tottenham, Paul Pogba was culpable.
A high ball was launched forward by Tottenham, a lethargic Pogba didn't try to break sweat in an attempt to prevent it reaching Eriksen. It allowed the Dane to whip in a cross for Alli to slide onto at the far post and strike past David De Gea in 11th minute
Had Harry Kane made a connection at the far post with Son Heung-min's cross three minutes later, Tottenham might have extended their lead.
Instead, United were able to draw level. Pogba made amends for his earlier inertia by dispossessing Mousa Dembele and delivering a cross that Sanchez headed past static goalkeeper Michel Vorm.
Sanchez did the hard work to create the winner in the 62nd, holding off Kieran Trippier and rolling the ball into the penalty area where Jesse Lingard teed up Herrera to shoot past Vorm.