Already having confirmed he will miss the World Cup mini-camp due to a nagging knee issue, Danny Williams has decided to take care of the injury under the knife.
Local media is reporting the Reading defensive midfielder will have surgery on the knee injury he suffered during international duty in the friendly against Ukraine earlier this calendar year.
It will be the second time this injury requires operating on, as Williams (pictured, right) had minor surgery on it back in March soon after he sustained it.
Williams referred to the injury as “so frustrating” and said it hurt to miss out on his club’s matches down the stretch as they fought for – and narrowly missed out on – the Championship promotion playoffs.
“I tried my best to help us get promoted, but I couldn’t do much because of my knee,” Williams said. “The first thing I must do is get that straight because it’s important to be healthy. Then I will recover over the summer, get our minds straight again and try and have another good season.”
His first season in English soccer led to 30 Championship appearances and three goals, all of which came in 2014.
The report also interestingly mentions the 25-year-old has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs, and that Reading owner John Madjeski would be tempted by most offers from up above, given his wealth has plummeted and is looking to liquidate his assets.
Despite the links, when asked, Williams was steadfast in his ties to Reading. “Everyone wants to play in the Premier League but I didn’t sign a four-year contract with Reading for no reason. I will just focus now on recovering and try my best to help the team go up next season.”
Williams will be heading into the second year of that four-year deal next season.
Play until you hear the referee’s whistle. In theory, so simple. In practice, it only takes a single second of concentration lapse to become an internet sensation for all the wrong reasons.
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Such is life for Karyn Forbes, member of the Trinidad and Tobago women’s national soccer team. In the above video, you’ll observe Forbes, a 24-year-old midfielder, giving away perhaps the most bizarre penalty kick you’ll ever see. You’ll have to watch for yourself to believe it.
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Unfortunately for Forbes, though the whole of the ball might have crossed the whole of the end line, the referee did not blow her whistle… not until Forbes picked the ball up with her hands and carried it to her goalkeeper.
BERLIN (AP) The German Football League (DFL) has given the go-ahead for the possible testing of video replays in the Bundesliga over a two-year pilot phase.
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The DFL says it will be lodging an application with FIFA to take part if the pilot phase is approved by the International Football Association Board at its next annual general meeting on March 5.
The DFL says video replays could be used by a “team of impartial match officials for the purpose of avoiding any evidently incorrect decisions” and that the pilot phase would be preceded by “intensive preparations.”
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These would include the settlement of costs among FIFA, the IFAB, the DFL and German football federation, as well as training for the candidates.
West Ham United hope Dimitri Payet is going absolutely nowhere after the club announced on Thursday the 28-year-old Frenchman has signed a contract extension through the summer of 2021.
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Payet’s current contract was scheduled to keep him at the Premier League club through the summer of 2020, but a series of standout performances (6 goals, 4 assists so far this season, mostly during the season’s opening three months) and rumors of interest from “bigger” clubs meant tacking on another year — and plenty more cash — was the best way to keep Payet in east London for the foreseeable future. The club confirmed earlier this week that negotiations over an extension were underway.
“He’s the best player I’ve signed in 25 years,” said West Ham co-owner David Sullivan. “He’s a [$43 million] player. He’s a supreme footballer. He makes every player in our side play better. On his day, he’s world class, he’s unstoppable.”
Payet, who’s been at West Ham just eight months after signing last summer, could still depart in the summer should he finish the current season strong and/or show up and show out at the European Championship, which kicks off in June. In that event, West Ham would now bag a much heftier transfer fee than they would have done prior to the extension.
Remember that Dele Alli goal? No, not that one… that one. Of course you remember it. How could you not?
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How often does a player receive the ball out of the air, flick it over his head, spin 180 degrees and hit an inch-perfect volley from 20 yards out to secure all three points for his team? The answer is, of course, not very often.
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Thus, a goal such as Alli’s stunning winner against Crystal Palace last month has been, and will continue to be, immortalized through numerous recreations in this Digital Age. Above is Alli’s goal recreated in hand-drawn crayon.