READ about this and find out what other top sports stories are making the headlines in today’s UK national newspapers - Sunday, August 26, 2012.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Roberto Mancini could quit as Manchester City boss inside a year if he doesn’t receive the backing he requires. Also: England manager Roy Hodgson will name a squad without Wayne Rooney on Thursday after the Manchester United star was taken to hospital with a horrifically-gashed thigh suffered against Fulham yesterday...Kevin Pietersen will face a wall of resistance from within the England dressing room even if proposed conciliatory talks with Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower lead them to consider reprieving him from international exile.
THE SUN: Wayne Rooney was KO’d by a horror injury yesterday - and could even be sold for £50million if he does not shape up. Also: Ashley Cole last night hailed Fernando Torres as “the main man” after Chelsea’s £50million striker fired them to the top of the table...Andre Villas-Boas is already under pressure, as Tottenham were booed off at the end of the 1-1 home draw with West Brom.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Roberto Mancini has urged his Man City bosses to sign Athletic Bilbao’s £32m-rated Javi Martinez before the transfer window closes. Also: Wayne Rooney suffered a nightmare day at Old Trafford yesterday and now looks like being out for at least a month.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Wayne Rooney will be out for four weeks after his right leg was horribly gashed in a tackle. Also: Scott Sinclair is set to seal his £6million move to Manchester City in the next 24 hours...Full-back Brett Hodgson proved a thorn in the side of Leeds Rhinos yesterday as he steered Warrington Wolves to a 35-18 Challenge Cup victory at Wembley.
SUNDAY PEOPLE: Wayne Rooney had emergency surgery last night after the axed Manchester United striker suffered a shocking X-rated injury. Also:
Arsene Wenger has launched a £15million deadline-week bid for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye...Kevin Pietersen stunned his England team-mates with a dressing-room tirade at the Headingley Test - even singling out debutant James Taylor for criticism.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will make an ambitious bid
this week to sign midfielder Cheick Tiote. Also: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will personally intervene to attempt to solve the mess surrounding Clint Dempsey and push through his signing before the transfer window shuts...Brett Hodgson encapsulated the old adage “if you can’t beat em, join em” as Warrington swept to their third Wembley triumph in four years yesterday.
SUNDAY TIMES: Dropped just before kick-off, taken off by stretcher just before the final whistle, Wayne Rooney has known better days in his Premier League career. Also: Kevin Pietersen’s fractured relationship with England received a small boost yesterday when ESPN Star Sports confirmed it would be using the batsman primarily to market its coverage of the World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka next month and not as a commentator.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Luka Modric will finally leave Tottenham Hotspur this week after a deal worth up to 42million euros (£33.3million) was yesterday agreed with Real Madrid to spark a frantic final few days of the transfer window. Also: Wayne Rooney will miss England’s World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine next month after being ruled out for a month with a horrific thigh injury sustained during Manchester United’s 3-2 win against Fulham...Gavin Henson’s latest attempt to relaunch his tarnished rugby career is on hold after he suffered a suspected fractured cheekbone yesterday.
THE OBSERVER: Wayne Rooney faces at least four weeks on the sidelines after picking up a badly gashed knee at the end of the game against Fulham. Also: Michael Laudrup, the Swansea manager, insisted there had been no progress over Scott Sinclair’s proposed move to Manchester City, despite leaving the winger out of the side who inflicted an emphatic beating on West Ham.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Wayne Rooney, dropped for the first time in memory by Manchester United, was taken to hospital with a serious gash to his leg last night and will miss England’s first two World Cup qualifying matches against Moldova and Ukraine. Also: Sunderland have launched an internal investigation into why a waterlogged pitch at the Stadium of Light forced the postponement of their game against Reading.