Perhaps agent Gary Mellor, who represents U.S. international Brek Shea, felt the need to move the public opinion needle back in his client’s direction following some recent comments that were something less than complimentary.
They weren’t scathing … but not 100 percent positive, either.
U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann seemed to indicate some low-level disappointment with Shea’s choice to jump ship from MLS, landing in a spot where he’s now stuck along the sidelines.
Or, perhaps Mellor is simply expressing what Shea wants – to play! Either way, here’s what Mellor just told the local newspaper around Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, home to Stoke City FC:
“Brek is getting fitter all the time, he is training hard and putting the work in. In fact, he played that under-21 game after a full afternoon training session. He’s hoping that he gets a chance to prove he can do a job … Tony is well documented in saying that he is looking to next season for Brek, but Brek is still hopeful that he can get a chance at some stage this season.”
The “Tony” here is Stoke manager Tony Pulis, who has been careful to nurse Shea along following winter foot surgery. The former FC Dallas man has two appearances since his $3.8 million move across the Atlantic in January.
Stoke has three matches remaining in the 2012-13 EPL season.
Catch up on all of Friday’s EURO qualification action, as two more teams have booked a ticket to France.
Spain 4-0 Luxembourg
Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla hadn’t scored a competitive goal for Spain in more than six years, but he scored twice today to help earn his country a berth in EURO 2016. Cazorla and Paco Alcacer scored all four goals for the Spanish, while Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas became Spain’s all-time leader in assists. However, both David Silva of Manchester City and Alvaro Morata of Juventus were forced off with injuries, with Morata’s looking to be serious.
Switzerland 7-0 San Marino
Switzerland led just 1-0 at halftime, but a six-goal second half which included three penalty kicks means the Swiss have secured qualification from Group E for EURO 2016. As expected, Switzerland dominated every aspect of the match against minnows San Marino, and Vladimir Petkovic’s side had seven different goalscorers.
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England 2-0 Estonia
England remained perfect in Group E, taking their ninth win from nine matches today at Wembley. Theo Walcott‘s great scoring form from Arsenal carried over to the national side, opening the scoring just before halftime. In the second half, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy came on as a substitute and assisted to Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, who made it 2-0. With a few minutes to play, Tottenham teenager Dele Alli got a short run in his England debut.
Elsewhere in EURO qualifying
Macedonia 0-2 Ukraine
Slovakia 0-1 Belarus
Slovenia 1-1 Lithuania
Liechtenstein 0-2 Sweden
Moldova 1-2 Russia
Montenegro 2-3 Austria
After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.
The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury.
Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”
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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.
If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.
To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.