Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been ruled out until April after the club said he needs surgery on a hamstring injury.
Kane, 26, suffered the injury during Tottenham’s defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day.
No timescale was originally given on the England captain’s return but Spurs now say specialists have advised surgery is required.
He will return to training in April, two months before Euro 2020 begins.
“Following ongoing assessment by our medical staff over the past week, we can confirm that Harry Kane will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring,” a Spurs statement said.
Kane has scored 27 goals in 31 appearances for club and country this season.
After the Southampton defeat, Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho said: “Everybody knows who he is, what he is, what he means for the team, the fans, the club.
“His quality, the routines that the team has playing with him, every minute of every game he doesn’t play we miss, so every match that he doesn’t play we’re going to miss him.”
Spurs are sixth in the Premier League, six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
As well as league games, Kane will miss his side’s Champions League last-16 tie with Germany’s RB Leipzig.
League Two side Leyton Orient have signed former Swindon Town goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux on free transfer.
The 26-year-old was without a club after leaving Chilean top-flight side Everton de Vina del Mar, and he has signed an 18-month deal with the O’s.
The move comes after Dean Brill was ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.
“I think he’s going to make a very big impact here,” interim head coach Ross Embleton told the club website.
“It was disappointing, not so long ago, to lose Dean to a severe injury.
“It was a position we certainly needed to strengthen, despite the good performances by Sam Sargeant since he came into the team.”
Vigouroux, who had spells at Tottenham and Liverpool as a youngster, featured a total of 130 times for Swindon during a four-year stay at the County Ground which ended last summer.
His move to the Breyer Group Stadium is subject to international clearance.
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his 12th Premier League goal of the season as Arsenal came from behind to draw at Bournemouth in Mikel Arteta’s first match in charge of the Gunners.
Midfielder Dan Gosling gave the hosts the lead from close range after Jack Stacey’s cut back before Arsenal’s captain came to the rescue.
Aubameyang struck with a first-time shot after Reiss Nelson’s attempt from the edge of the penalty area deflected into the Gabon forward’s path.
The Gunners have won just one of their last 11 league games, and despite watching his side come back to earn a point Arteta has his work cut out.
Work ahead for Arteta
Arsenal reach the midway point closer to the relegation zone than the top four and have now dropped 24 points from the last 11 top-flight games, with home matches against Chelsea on Sunday and Manchester United on 1 January coming up.
As the Arsenal players went to applaud the away fans at the end of an entertaining game, there was a special cheer for Arteta.
The Spaniard saw his side create a host of chances in the opening 45 minutes yet Aubameyang’s goal, a sweeping instinctive finish, was their first attempt on target after a string of missed chances, mainly by Alexandre Lacazette.
The Gunners once again made life hard for themselves, a careless pass allowing Gosling to put Bournemouth ahead towards the end of the first half – ending Arsenal’s chances of back-to-back clean sheets away in the Premier League for the first time since February 2016.
Mesut Ozil began the Arteta era with a recall and started well before being replaced by Joe Willock.
The young substitute had a chance to win it in the closing stages but Arsenal were far from clinical in front of goal and his shot was comfortably kept out by Aaron Ramsdale as Bournemouth secured a deserved point.
Cherries dig in for vital point
Bournemouth are just two points above the relegation zone yet this was a spirited performance by Eddie Howe’s side whose character has been questioned during the first half of the season.
Their first 19 games include losing to a Crystal Palace side reduced to 10 men for 71 minutes, losing at Newcastle after leading, allowing Burnley to score an 89th-minute winner and letting leads slip against Sheffield United and West Ham.
Against Arsenal, the Cherries produced the kind of defiant performance their fans have become accustomed to since promotion in 2015.
Steve Cook marked his return after four matches out with a fractured wrist with a gutsy performance at the back while Stacey, a League One player with Luton last season, produced a lovely assist for Gosling.
Former Everton and Newcastle player Gosling followed up his winner at Chelsea this month with a clever finish to score against the run of play.
Bournemouth had failed to manage a shot on target in two of their previous three matches.
They managed four in this game as they showed a determination that will have pleased Howe ahead of back-to-back away games at Brighton and West Ham, who sit immediately above and below them in the table.
Bournemouth don’t have long to prepare for their early kick-off at Brighton on Saturday (12:30 GMT). Arsenal have longer to recover before they entertain Chelsea in a heavyweight London showdown on Sunday (14:00).
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A teenager who harassed two women when they refused to kiss on a London bus has had his sentence increased because of his “homophobic” actions, a court has heard.
Melania Geymonat and her date Christine Hannigan were pelted with coins and had a handbag stolen while on a Camden night bus on 30 May.
The 16-year-old and two others previously admitted targeting them.
His six-month youth referral order has been extended by two months.
The youth, who cannot be named due to his age, was also fined £100 and ordered to pay a surcharge of £20 at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court.
He had admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress against the two women.
He also pleaded guilty to stealing Ms Geymonat’s handbag and Ms Hannigan’s phone which were both found following his arrest.
Andrew Mooney, mitigating, said the 16-year-old had not thrown coins or made homophobic gestures like his co-defendants, but chair magistrate Peter Bullet increased the sentence due to its homophobic nature.
“It would seem it was both a homophobic trigger and the context for this offending behaviour,” Mr Bullet said.
Addressing the court, as part of a restorative justice programme, the teenager said he had hurt the two women, as well as his own family and friends.
When asked how he could make it up to them all, he replied that he must “show them that’s not the person I am”.
A 17-year-old was previously given a four-month youth rehabilitation order and supervision over the attack, while a third boy, 15, will be sentenced on 23 December.
The rumour parakeets arrived in the UK when rock star Jimi Hendrix released a pair in London’s Carnaby Street in the swinging 60s has finally been scotched.
They also didn’t escape across the country during the wrap party for the movie The African Queen, in 1951.
In fact, reported sightings from the 1860s have been uncovered, Goldsmiths and Queen Mary universities say.
Intentional releases may have also been encouraged in 1929-1931 and 1952 when fatal “parrot fever” hit the headlines.
The bright green non-native ring-necked parakeets now thrive across the UK.
Originally from Africa, it has become a successful invasive species in 34 countries on five continents, the study’s lead author, the late Steven Le Comber, says.
As well as the rumour from the Bogart and Hepburn classic, in 1951, another suggests that a flock kept at Syon Park escaped when a plane crashed through the aviary roof, in the 1970s.
However, the researchers found their spread across the UK is more mundanely down to repeated intentional releases and not to do with publicity stunts.
Numerous sensational accounts of human deaths due to psittacosis infections from birds were published in 1929.
And in 1932, the Middlesex County Times reported parakeets had been spotted in Epping Forest, with the paper blaming the “parrot disease scare” of 1931 for the observations in the wild.
“Scary” health stories often prompt a strong public reaction, said Sarah Elizabeth Cox, postgraduate history student at Goldsmiths.
“If you were told you were at risk being near one, it would be much easier to let it out the window than to destroy it,” she said.
This latest study used geographic profiling, a statistical technique originally developed in criminology to prioritise large lists of suspects in cases of serial crime, to analyse spatial patterns of parakeet sightings.
When applied to biological data, the model can identify the origin sites of diseases or introduction sites of invasive, non-native species.
None of the “suspect sites” connected to origin myths showed up prominently in the geoprofile of more than 5,000 unique records dating from 1968 – 2018.
By 1961, birds were a more popular pets than cats and dogs in the UK, with 11 million birds in captivity, of various species, and it seems obvious there would be an increase in escapes, researchers said.
Three men who say they were framed by a detective decades ago have had their cases quashed by the Court of Appeal.
Winston Trew, Sterling Christie and George Griffiths were part of a group known as the Oval Four.
They spent eight months in jail for assaulting a police officer and attempted theft.
The men, who belonged to a political organisation representing black people in London, have waited 47 years to have their convictions overturned.
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England trio Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola will play for the first time since the World Cup final on Friday after being named in Saracens’ squad to face Bath in the Premiership.
All three are set to start for Sarries, who are bottom after their 35-point deduction for breaching the salary cap.
England team-mate Jamie George is also named in the Saracens XV for the first time since the World Cup in Japan.
Bath name Tom Homer at full-back in the absence of the injured Anthony Watson.
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A 27-day rail strike during December and New Year will go ahead after two days of talks ended without agreement.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said its members at South Western Railway (SWR) will walk out in a long-running dispute over guards on trains.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said it was “increasingly clear” SWR was “not interested in reaching a settlement”.
SWR said it had promised to keep guards on trains and would do everything possible to keep customers moving.
It previously said the union was “purely focussed on keeping control of train doors in a misguided attempt to hold power over the industry”.
Mr Cash said: “Throughout these talks SWR have not shown any intention of moving the issues at the heart of the dispute forwards despite verbal assurances in earlier discussions.”
SWR managing director Andy Mellors said: “We promise that there will always be a guard on our trains. We also promise our guards will maintain a safety critical role on our trains.
“We believe that these promises deliver what the RMT has been asking for, so these strikes are unnecessary.”
Strike days are as follows:
- From 00:01 GMT on Monday 2 December until 23:59 on Wednesday 11 December
- From 00:01 on Friday 13 December until 23:59 on Tuesday 24 December
- From 00:01 on Friday 27 December 2019 until 23:59 on the 1 January
SWR is due to release a revised timetable next week.
Seventeen people have been arrested in early morning raids across east London in an international human trafficking investigation.
Officers went to 16 addresses after working with Romanian police, who simultaneously raided four addresses in Romania and arrested one man.
In London, police took 29 potential victims – women aged between 20 and 40 – to a “place of safety”.
The suspects – 14 men and three women – remain in custody in central London.
The 17 arrested people, who are aged between 17 and 50, are being held on suspicion of modern slavery, controlling prostitution, Class A drug offences and firearm offences.
‘One fell swoop’
Det Ch Insp Richard McDonagh, from the Metropolitan Police, said: “The Met recognises the seriousness of modern slavery and the devastation it brings to people’s lives.
“Today’s synchronised operational activity [had] the aim of, in one fell swoop, dismantling an organised crime network and providing support to the victims.”
The London raids were carried out in Redbridge, Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Brentwood and Tower Hamlets.
A spokesman for Romanian police in the UK said: “Romanian police officers working shoulder to shoulder with our British partners is a great achievement, a proof of our mutual permanent support and a great professional reward.
“The Romanian police is committed to continue its efforts in combating all forms of criminality together with the Metropolitan Police.”
Newcastle and West Ham are both interested in signing Genk striker Mbwana Samatta.
The 26-year-old, who scored against Liverpool in his side’s 2-1 Champions League defeat on Tuesday, has a release clause in his contract reported to be about £10m.
Samatta was the top scorer in the Belgian league last season with 25 goals as Genk were crowned champions.
The Tanzanian has six goals from 13 league games this campaign.