Thaiday ready to play after horror injury

first_imgThe veteran Brisbane forward was poleaxed in a tackle during Australia’s Four Nations win over England in London in November. The injury required immediate surgery before he could be given the all-clear to fly home.  Thaiday is back in the UK preparing for the Broncos’ World Club Series clash with Warrington on Saturday (Sunday AEDT) in what will be his first appearance since sustaining the injury at the London Olympic Stadium.Although he admits he was wary about his eye area and cheekbone when he returned to training last month, he is confident there will be no long-lasting mental effects from the injury.”I pulled out of the Auckland Nines and the NRL All Stars just to make sure my head was right more than anything,” Thaiday told AAP in London.”It was scary at the time when it happened and things do cross your mind about there being any long-term problems.”I had loads of tests as they have to tick every box and make sure everything’s OK around that eye area. Thankfully it’s all good now and I’m just ready to play some footy.”Thaiday is no stranger to playing in the UK with this being his eighth visit and the fourth time he has been involved in the World Club Series with the Broncos, who head north to Manchester on Thursday having spent the week training in London.”It’s a great week as this is a pre-season camp for us,” he said.”We didn’t get a chance to have one this year and being over here with a fairly strong squad is a great opportunity for us to get ready for Round 1.”We’ve brought pretty much our full-strength squad, Adam Blair is probably the only one that is not here that will start in Round 1.”We’re really serious about this game as it gives us a chance to get those combinations going.”The game will also be the first time since 2002 that the Broncos start their season without Corey Parker, who retired at the end of last season.”There’s a fair few hit-ups and a fair few tackles we have to replace with him not there,” Thaiday said.”We’ve some young guys coming through who are wanting to replace him.”Joe Ofahengaue has been a stand out, Herman Ese’ese, Tevita Pangai and Jai Arrow too.”They are putting their hand up to be one of those middle forwards.”You have to replace players all the time, retirement will happen to us all one day, but losing Corey is a huge hole to fill.”last_img read more

Watch Manchester United BEAT PSV Eindhoven 3-0

first_imgManchester United may have lost to PSV Eindhoven on their return to the Champions League group stages but their Under-19s were impressive as they beat the same opponents 3-0 in the Netherlands.A stunning Callum Gribbin free-kick and a second-half brace from Marcus Rashford ensured they claimed an opening win in the competition, which runs alongside the senior campaign.The Red Devils side, led by Nicky Butt, also saw their opponents go down to ten men when Maarten Peijnenburg received his second booking of the game.You can see the highlights from the clash above…last_img read more

Crystal Palace defender ‘safe and well’ after being caught up in Paris terrorist attacks

first_img Martin Kelly Crystal Palace have confirmed defender Martin Kelly is safe and well after he was pictured in Paris on the day of the terrorist attacks.Kelly posted a picture on Instagram on Friday evening of a cafe in Paris, shortly before multiple attacks across the French capital left at least 128 people dead.He posted: “Found a decent little spot for tonight #paris #cafelaperle.”That sparked fears for the former Liverpool youngster’s safety, with the cafe in question said to be close to one of the attacks.But Crystal Palace announced late on Friday night that they had made contact with Kelly and he has suffered any harm.They posted on Twitter: “We have been in contact with @MartinKelly1990 tonight and can confirm he is safe and well.”He is due to return to England on Saturday after taking a short trip to Paris during the international break. 1last_img read more