Republic of Ireland international Brady only underwent surgery on Wednesday night but is likely to be the first one back in around four weeks. “We’ve lost another one this week in Robbie, so we’ve played six and lost three to injury… we need a bit more luck in that department,” said Bruce. “Robbie has been complaining of pain now for four, five, six weeks. It’s been grumbling away at him and it got to a situation after last Saturday that it was too sore to train, so we thought ‘let’s get it done’. “It was a case of needs must: the quicker it’s done, the quicker he’s back on the pitch.” The gap created by Brady’s absence will be filled by one of George Boyd or Stephen Quinn, two of the promotion-winning squad who have seen limited game time since a busy summer transfer window. Elsewhere, Paul McShane is now considered match fit after making his return to the bench last week. He will come into consideration at centre-half as Bruce ponders whether to keep faith with veteran Abdoulaye Faye. Faye replaced Chester to good effect in the 1-0 win over West Ham last weekend, but against Villa’s youthful, counter-attacking side the 35-year-old may find himself overlooked for fresher legs. Hull’s season started even better then, with six wins from their first nine outings, but the bubble burst in dramatic fashion and they survived the drop by a single point before relegation the following season. Bruce’s aim is to improve on that and he is well aware of what has gone before. “We have made a wonderful start, but that’s all it is,” he said ahead of Saturday’s home match against Aston Villa. “If someone had said to me we’d have 10 points from the first six games I wouldn’t have thought that was possible to be honest. “But the history of our club the last time we were here is that we did great until Christmas and the following 18 months after that must have been torture, agony. “So we’ve had a good start – really good – but we’ve only played six games and there are 32 more to go.” One problem that could easily derail Bruce’s plans is a run of injuries. Hull’s squad is far from the deepest in the division and they have already lost captain Robert Koren (fractured foot), defender James Chester (hamstring) and four-goal top-scorer Robbie Brady (hernia). Press Association The Tigers have thus far defied pre-season expectations, picking up 10 points from their first six matches since promotion to lie eighth in the table. But while Bruce might be forgiven for getting carried away with that return, he is mindful of what happened to his friend and predecessor Phil Brown when he led Hull to the top flight for the 2008/09 campaign. Hull manager Steve Bruce has warned his side to heed the lessons of the past as they look to build on their impressive start to life in the Barclays Premier League.
CAPE TOWN: South Africa have ruled out participation in a proposed T20 series in Pakistan following their India tour next month, citing players’ workload.The tour will be rescheduled at a later date suitable to both the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Cricket South Africa (CSA). PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said he respected the decision made by its South African counterpart. “While we were keenly looking forward to hosting South Africa next month, we respect Cricket South Africa’s reason for not sending their side next month. Managing player workload is a top priority for any cricket board, and from that perspective, their decision is understandable.””We are pleased that the CSA remains committed to rescheduling this short series as soon as practically possible. As there is a strong willingness and commitment, both the boards are now exploring their FTPs to find gaps so that we can agree on the dates,” Khan said in a PCB statement.South Africa play three ODIs in India from March 12 to 18 and the tour of Pakistan for three T20s in Rawalpindi was planned after that.South Africa are currently playing T20s against England after competing in four Tests and three ODIs.After the three T20s against England, the Proteas will host Australia for three ODIs and as many T20s with the last match ending on March 7, leaving less than a week in between for the series-opener in India at Dharamsala. The IPL also starts in the last week of March. AgenciesAlso Read: Lungi Ngidi guides South Africa to thrilling victory over EnglandAlso Watch: Six-mile to Ganeshguri Road Closed due to Overbridge construction; Public inconvenienced.
How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed “How good Julius Randle is,” Ingram said. “I watch every night. If he gets the basketball, how strong he is and some of the baskets he makes going to the basket and seeing that no one can really stop him. You know exactly what he’s going to do but no one (is) going to stop him.”Ingram said he has also been struck by how good Kyle Kuzma has been defensively.“A lot of guys are just stepping up and over the few months … some guys are really, really good,” he said.Being injured hasn’t been all positive, of course – and not just for the obvious reasons.Ingram said he has spent his unwelcome free time with his family, which has been good, and shopping, which has had some drawbacks.“I’m always going for clothes, I’m a little fashion guy,” I think I need to get back to basketball, I’m … overspending a little bit.”RING A DENGLuol Deng has played 13 minutes this season and has not appeared in a game since opening night. The likelihood of him ever again suiting up for the Lakers is remote.However, injuries left the Lakers so depleted on the perimeter in recent days that Walton said the team actually revisited the possibility of putting Deng back in the rotation.Related Articles “We’ve discussed it,” Walton said, adding that conversations involved “multiple people, but we decided it was best to keep it where we’ve been at.”Walton said that Deng was part of the discussions and that he agreed with the plan.Deng’s status remains one of the most peculiar sagas of the season. He is less than two years removed from signing a four-year, $72 million contract with the Lakers. Last season, he was phased out of the rotation due to the emergence of Brandon Ingram.The 32-year-old has insisted throughout this season that he intends to continue his career elsewhere, but for now is stuck. The Lakers either need to buy out the remainder of his contract or find a trade partner. The latter has proven so difficult that Magic Johnson laughed at the notion following the trade deadline.The most likely scenario involves the Lakers waiving Deng under the NBA’s stretch provision when they need the cap relief. Doing so next summer would allow them to take the cap hit of his remaining $36 million over five seasons. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO – Watching the final play unfold from the end of the bench a court-length away from the action, Brandon Ingram couldn’t help but imagine himself with the ball in his hands Friday against the Miami Heat.It was a new perspective for the second-year Lakers forward. In other tight games this season, when the Lakers have needed a game-winner, the play has been drawn up for him. On Friday, it was designed to go to Julius Randle before ending up in the hands of Isaiah Thomas, whose arcing 14-footer was short.“I think actually sitting there and watching I actually gained confidence and seeing I can make that play at the end of the game,” Ingram said. “I think in that situation you get to read it better on the bench. I think I got to read it better. I like knowing what spot to get to.”The viewing experience left him little doubt what would have transpired were he not sidelined for the eighth straight game with a strained left groin. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I would have shot the ball,” he said following Saturday’s practice. “I would have shot the basketball. Make or miss I would have had the confidence to shoot the shot.”Ingram is likely still several days away from returning to the court for the Lakers. He is expected to be out Monday at Indiana, but with a practice scheduled two days later in New Orleans, could theoretically target March 22 against the Pelicans.“I wouldn’t be surprised if he plays on the road trip,” Coach Luke Walton said. “He is feeling much better he says. But we are going to keep being patient with him and make sure that he goes through all the proper channels before we throw him back out there.”In the meantime, Ingram continues watching – a limitation that has proven helpful he said. He has learned things from the sideline.Among the biggest?
ALTERED 3 Paul Pogba, Marourane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young, Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones all reached the latter stages in Russia.Mourinho was reportedly desperate to add depth to his squad in the summer window, particularly in central defence, but his demands were not met by the board.The Red Devils did, however, make three new additions. They signed Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk for £53.1m, Diogo Dalot from Porto for £19.8m and Lee Grant from Stoke for 1.5m.Here is talkSPORT.com’s full predicted line-up for tonight’s clash: Man Utd (4-3-3): De Gea; Darmian, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw; Fred, McTominay, Pereira; Mata, Lukaku, Sanchez How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Lukaku is expected to start against Leicester possible xi Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack highlights Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings gameday Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 3 Lukaku was a regular for Belgium at the World Cup How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? 3 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures NEW ERA And, according to the Sun, Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is ready to risk the Belgian with several other stars missing.Lukaku lined up in training at Carrington in preparation for Friday night’s game against the Foxes.Out of players who reached the final weekend of the World Cup, he appears most likely to start. smart causal Romelu Lukaku is set to start in Manchester United’s Premier League opener against Leicester tonight.The Belgium forward played in the World Cup less than a month ago – but cut his holidays short to prepare for the new season. impact