Bad News for Connacht ahead of Cardiff Clash

first_imgSecond row Andrew Browne continues to recover from the hand injury sustained against Brive. He remains unavailable this week for Cardiff.Rodney Ah You has returned from New Zealand following the passing of his father. Quinn Roux is now fit and available for the game against Cardiff Blues on Friday night.Meanwhile, Eoin McKeon, Ben Marshall, and Dave McSharry have all completed the return-to-play protocols following concussion and are available to the coaching team this week.Connacht face Cardiff on Friday night as they bid to continue their lead at the top of the Guinness Pro 12 Table.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email It was also confirmed that openside flanker Nepia Fox-Matamua ruptured his ACL in the game against Brive this month. Surgery on the injury is planned for January and the New Zealander is facing 6 months of rehab. Following Connacht’s win over Munster on Saturday there was bad news for Connacht Coach Pat Lam with confirmation that three of the stars of Saturday’s win will be out for a minimum of three weeks with worse news for Robbie Henshaw.Henshaw suffered a metacarpal fracture to his hand in the last play of the game against Munster. He is currently in Dublin for a surgeon review but is likely to be sidelined for up to six weeks.Loosehead prop Denis Buckley sustained a high ankle sprain in Saturday’s game and is expected to be out of action for three weeks while Back row forward Eoghan Masterson fractured his thumb on Saturday and is also looking at three weeks on the sidelines.center_img REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE***Life Style Sports Launch Limited Edition Connacht Green Lantern Jersey 24/11/2015Life Style Sports, official sponsor to Connacht Rugby, today launched a limited edition Connacht Green Lantern jersey that will be worn on Nov 28th against Munster. On hand to help launch the super hero inspired jersey were ConnachtÕs own heroes John Muldoon, Bundee Aki and Eoghan Masterson. The Green Lantern jersey is available in adult and kids sizes exclusively from Life Style Sports, in store and online at www.LifeStyleSports.iePictured (L-R) Bundee Aki, John Muldoon and Eoghan MastersonMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridanlast_img read more

Galway success at National Indoor Athletics Championships

first_imgThere were some great performances by Galway athletes at the National Indoor Junior and U23 Championships held in AIT Arena Sunday last. South Connacht Schools Cross-Country Championships, South Park, Claddagh  (Full result)Girls – Senior: 1 Aoife King (Pres Headford), 2 Aine O’Farrell (Pres Athenry), 3 Aoife Sheehy (Dunmore CS) . Teams – 1 Pres Athenry A, 2 Pres Athenry B, 3 Bower Athlone.Inter: 1 Maeve Dervan (Mercy Roscommon), 2 Sarah Gilhooley (Pres Athenry), 3 Laura Johnson (St Joseph’s Summerhill). Teams – 1 Pres Athenry, 2 Col Bhaile Chlair A, 3 Col Mhuire Ballygar.Junior: 1 Bea Drummond (Athlone CC) 2 Rebecca Lowe (Bower, Athlone ), 3 Kaci Moran (Pres Athenry). Teams – 1 Pres Athenry, 2 Bower Athlone, 3 Athlone CC.Minor: 1 Shauna Brennan (Col Bhaile Chlair A), 2 Laura Kenny (St Killian’s New Inn), 3 Aoibheann Keane (HRC Mountbellew). Teams – 1 Pres Athenry, 2 Mercy Roscommon, 3 St Brigid’s College.Boys – Senior: 1 Eanna O Cualain (Col na Coiribe), 2 Joe Tannian (Col Iognaid), 3 Gary Martin (Galway CC). Teams – 1 Col an Coiribe, 2 Galway CC, 3 St Mary’s Galway.Inter – 1 Thomas McStay (Col Bhaile Chlair A), 2 Aaron Brennan (Col Bhaile Chlair A), 3 Jack Maher (Clifton CS). Teams – 1 Seamount, 2 Col Bhaile Chlair A, 3 Gort CS.Junior: 1 Cillian Jordan (Col Einde), 2 Ruaidhri Collins (Pres Athenry), 3 Eoghan Jennings (Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin). Teams – 1 St Brigid’s College, 2 Pres Athenry, 3 Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin.Minor: 1 Uyi Uyiosa Agbonayinma (Col Einde) , 2 Liam Leen (Pres Athenry), 3 Darragh McNelis (Pres Athenry). Teams – 1 Pres Athenry, 2 St Joseph’s Galway, 3 Athlone CC.(MAIN PICTURE: Jack Dempsey of Galway City Harriers, Co Galway, right, and Joseph Finnegan Murphy of Dublin Striders AC, Co Dublin competing in the Junior Men 60m final during the Irish Life Health National Junior & U23 Indoor Championships at AIT International Arena in Athlone, Co Westmeath. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Veronica Burke of Ballinasloe and District AC continued her winning ways with a superb victory in the U 23 Women’s 3k walk, in a time of 14.37. Alanna Lally, formerly of GCH and now running with UCD, stormed to victory in the U23 Women’s 800m, winning in 2.10 with a huge margin to spare. Solange Carla of GCH  won the U23 Triple jump with a best of 11.13 metres.Jack Dempsey of GCH secured a silver medal at the Junior Men’s 60m sprint,after a dramatic photo finish with the winner Joe Gibson of Bandon AC. Dempsey clocked a hugely impressive time of 6.97, dipping under the 7 second barrier for the first time and was only pipped by 4 thousands of a second for victory.Sinead Treacy of Craughwell AC took double bronze – securing medals in the U23 Long jump with 4.75 metres and also in the 200m, clocking 26.23.In the field,Brendan Lynch of Loughrea AC took silver in the Junior Men’s Triple Jump with a jump of 13.53 m., while Jerry Keary of Craughwell leaped 1.90m to claim the Junior Men’s High Jump bronzeNicole King of Galway City Harriers was very unlucky, as she led from gun to tape in the Junior Women’s 400m to be first across the line in 56.23, but was disqualified post race due to a lane infringement.National Indoor Track and Field League It was a successful second qualifying round at the National Indoor League day two in Athlone IT last Saturday for GCH men’s and ladies’ teams and Craughwell AC ladies, who all made the National Indoor League final,to be held next weekend in the new National Indoor Arena in Abbottstown m Dublin.GCH men’s squad finished second after the two qualifying rounds, with good performances by Eamon Hornibrook, with a 4.33 1500m, Igor Muntean,with 1.70m in the High Jump, Henrique Nvokolata with a solid 12.10 leap in the Triple Jump, Jonah Erugo in the 200m, and Simon Callaghan who scored valuable points over 400m.The GCH ladies squad produced some excellent displays, including Kathryn Casserly with a second-place finish and 4.47 clocking in the 1500m, Solange Carla with a second also in the Triple Jump, Aoife Sheehy who doubled up at High Jump and 400m, and Laura Nally in the 200m.GCH team manager Brendan Glynn will be quietly confident for both his squads going into next weekend s final.Craughwell ladies team, who were second in the final last year, once again made it through the qualifying rounds, and were anchored by captain Sarah Finnegan, who along with sister Rachel, Laura Cunningham and Lorraine Delaney ensured their squad made the final safelyNiamh Hennelly of GCH put in a strong season opening performance in the 1500m guest event, held alongside the League races, clocking4. 59..Coldwood 4 milesOver 200 runners took to the roads at the annual 4 milers in Coldwood, Sunday last.Matt Bidwell of Galway City Harriers took the honours once again asserting his dominance on the local road racing circuit, clocking a solid 21.09 for a clear victory. Philip Niland was second in 22.01, and Fergal Walsh of Athenry close behind in third in 22.05. Rio Olympian Breege Connolly won the ladies section in a fast 22.54, ahead of another Olympian Rosemary Ryan who clocked 23.39. Third home was Caroline Whiriskey of Loughrea ACSouth Connacht Schools Cross-Country ChampionshipsA huge turnout of over a thousand athletes competed in the South Connacht Championships in a windy South Park, in the Claddagh last Thursday, where Eanna O Cualain of Colaiste na Coiribe and Aoife King of Pres Headford, both GCH athletes, were the senior winners. Presentation  Athenry won an amazing five team titles – all four of the girls and one of the boys, as well as a second team placing.In the Intermediate races, Thomas McStay held off the challenge from Aaron Brennan to take the Boys title in an exciting tussle, while Maeve Dervan (Mercy Roscommon, just pipped Sarah Gilhooley for victory in the Inter Girls.In the Junior Boys race Cillian Jordan of St Enda’s ran a fine race from the front to take victory, as Bea Drummond of Athlone took the girls honours. Shauna Brennan of Claregalway won the Minor Girls, as Uyi Uyiosa of St Enda’s won the Boys.center_img National Junior and U23 Indoor Championshipslast_img read more

Allianz Football League – Galway 3-15 Down 1-13 reaction

first_imgAfter the game, Darren spoke to Galway manager Kevin Walsh. He asked him first about the importance of promotion…Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/Kevin+Walsh+post+Down.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.. 26 March 2017; Barry McHugh of Galway in action against Brendan McArdle of Down during the Allianz Football League Division 2 Round 6 match between Down and Galway at Páirc Esler in Newry. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/Galway+v+Down+NFL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Three second half goals, including a penalty and rebound from Eamon Brannigan and another from Shane Walsh helped 14 man Galway to a comfortable 3-15 to 1-13 win away to Down in Newry. The win keeps Kevin Walsh’s side in the hunt for a return to Division 1 next season as a draw or win against the already promoted Kildare next Sunday in Pearse Stadium will be enough. Reporting from Pairc Esler is Darren Kelly… .print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Portumna Win AIG Junior Foursomes Title

first_imgAIG Senior Foursomes FinalRoscommon (1) Killarney (2) (Roscommon names first) Sinead Benedetti & Mary Lalor lost to Mary Sheehy & Fidelma O’Connor by 2 holesRuth Lennon & Ciara Hereward-Ryan beat Deirdre Prendergast & Ann Moynihan-Rudden 5&3Paula Quinn & Rosemary O’Brien lost to Eimear O’Donnell & Amy Arthur 21st AIG Challenge Cup Final Malahide (4) vs. Fintona (1) (Malahide names first) Vanessa McCann halved with Pat Quinn (called-in)Niamh Clark halved with Bernie McCillen (called-in)Louise Lynch beat Angela Montague 5&3Maura Farvey beat Fanchea Donnelly 5&4Louise Young beat Kathleen Donnelly 5&4print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Portumna celebrate winning the Junior Foursomes at the AIG Ladies Cups & Shields All Ireland Finals at Malone Golf Club today. Picture by Pat CashmanIt was a Munster versus Connacht encounter again in the AIG Junior Cup final as Limerick battled with Athenry. Wins for Emma Guinnane, Fiona McGann and Siobhan Conway in the top three matches secured an AIG pennant for Limerick and four victories for Southern sides this year. Limerick had been beaten in the same final two years ago and Lady Captain Ailish Dilger is adamant that it was a blessing in disguise. “It’s been a fantastic year, we have had a mentality all year that if we could believe it we could achieve it and now we have! Losing two years ago to Enniscorthy was very deflating but now we’re back with three U19’s on the team and the support from the club has been amazing, we’re very proud!”East Leinster side Malahide and Ulster side Fintona were the final matchup of the AIG Ladies Cups and Shields. First time representatives at an All-Ireland final, Fintona had high hopes of claiming the title. The first two matches weren’t to be called, both all square with 2 and 3 holes to play, but Malahide displayed their depth by winning the third, fourth and fifth matches convincingly. The last 2017 AIG Champions were crowned.The 2018 AIG Ladies Cups and Shields will be held at Knightsbrook Hotel and Golf Resort in September 2018AIG LADIES CUPS AND SHIELDS DAY 4 RESULTSAIG Intermediate Cup Final Carton House (2) Cahir Park (3) (Carton House names first) Emma Fox beat Susan Carey 19thMaura Bruton lost to Michelle Keating 7&5Siobhan Plunkett beat Breda Keating 2&1Ros McCarthy lost to Joanne Quaid Noonan 2&1Ann McQuillan lost to Patricia Browne 23rd AIG Junior Cup Final Limerick (4) vs. Athenry (1) (Limerick names first) Emma Guinnane beat Maire Carr 5&3Fiona McGann beat Nicola Nally 4&2Siobhan Conway beat Pat Jacobsen 4&3Emily Walsh halved with Nicola Burke (called-in)Heather Fitzgerald halved with Teresa Coen (called-in) After three finals going in favour of Munster clubs, the AIG Junior Foursomes final saw Ballykisteen take on Portumna in a bid to keep the Southern roll alive. It wasn’t to be however as Portumna’s Mary McElroy and Mary Madden added a 5&4 win to Mary and Brid Kelly’s 7&5 triumph to ensure All-Ireland AIG success for the Galway side.center_img Portumna celebrate winning the Junior Foursomes at the AIG Ladies Cups & Shields All Ireland Finals at Malone Golf Club today (30/09/2017). Picture by Pat Cashman AIG Junior Foursomes FinalBallykisteen (0.5) vs. Portumna (2.5) (Ballykisteen names first) Catherine English & Neasa Fahy O’Donnell lost to Mary Kelly & Brid Kelly 7&5Sarah Toomey & Mary Toomey halved with Carmel Cunningham & Bernie Kilmartin (called-in)Claire Griffin & Caroline Cussen lost to Mary McElroy & Mary Madden 5&4 The final day of the AIG Ladies Cups and Shields began with two matches resuming on extra holes after darkness halted play on Friday night. Killarney and Cahir Park were winners in those two matchups but there were still to be three more Champions crowned.last_img read more

€95,000 RAISED FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH FROM THE RACE IN PINK EVENT

first_imgRace in Pink committee members Jennifer Skeffington, Ann Burke, Michael Moloney, Una McVeigh, Clodagh O’Neill and Cathy Curran from the Research Team in Lambe Institute, Prof. Michael Kerin, Sinead Cassidy and Grace Clarke. Committee members absent are Anthony Ryan, Ger Lally, Bernie Turley, Patricia McLoughlin, Dr. Orla Smithwick, Jimmy Cubbard and Philip Duffy. PHOTO: ANDREW DOWNES XPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY (087) 6391500print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The National Breast Cancer Research Institute is an Irish charity that raises funds in support of the breast cancer research team lead by Professor Michael Kerin based at the Lambe Institute, NUI Galway. The support of local and national business and the huge amount of people who came to the event ensured this was one of the most successfully fundraising events. The National Breast Cancer Research Institute together with Galway Racecourse are today delighted to announce that the recent ‘Race in Pink’ fundraising event hosted at Ballybrit on Sunday 28th October as part of the new three-day October Festival raised a staggering €95,000 for the charity. Race in Pink committee members Jennifer Skeffington, Ann Burke, Michael Moloney, Una McVeigh, Clodagh O’Neill and Cathy Curran from the Research Team in Lambe Institute, Prof. Michael Kerin, Sinead Cassidy and Grace Clarke. Committee members absent are Anthony Ryan, Ger Lally, Bernie Turley, Patricia McLoughlin, Dr. Orla Smithwick, Jimmy Cubbard and Philip Duffy. Director of Research Professor Michael Kerin quote said “this is a great example of one of the most established and forward thinking brands in Galway (Racecourse) coming together with our Cancer charity to raise funds. Our research is delivered from the Lambe Institute, a purpose built modern translational research facility on the grounds of the University hospital in Galway and concentrates on near patient research and allows us to take research findings from the bench to the bedside.  The programme has multiple research interests including the genes that cause breast cancer, Biomarkers which can identify different types of the disease and response to therapy, novel ways of diagnosis including microwave breast imaging and the use of stem cells in breast reconstruction. All of these programmes are technically demanding and expensive and we are very grateful to our funders for their continued support. The race day was particularly successful and I am very grateful to the “Race in Pink” Committee, the race sponsors and the local businesses who helped with corporate sponsorship as well as our continued loyal supporters among the public.Commenting on the money raised for the charity by the ‘Race in Pink’ event Michael Moloney, Manager of Galway Racecourse said “we’re really delighted that this race day was so hugely supported by businesses and the eight hundred guests that supported the lunch on the day. People came from all over Ireland to support such a great cause, with some flying over from the UK. By partnering with the National Breast Cancer Research Institute, we are supporting a research team who are successfully working on improving breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. It was a superb day with fantastic feedback for the event. We’ve already had a post-event meeting with the Race in Pink committee and I’m glad to report plans are in full flight to repeat this for 2019. We had a great day that raised a large sum of money for such a worthy organisation. Well done to all involved, A great way to end the racing year for us too here at Galway Racecourse”.For more information on the work being carried out by The National Breast Cancer Research Institute visit their website at www.breastcancerresearch.comlast_img read more

European Challenge Cup Pool standings

first_img(a) The pool winner will be the club with the highest number of match points in each pool. The best-placed runners-up will be the three clubs with the highest number of match points out of the five clubs that finish second in their respective pools. For the quarter-finals, the pool winners will be ranked 1 to 5 and the best-placed runners-up 6 and 8 by reference to the number of match points earned.(b) If two clubs in the same pool are equal on match points at the end of the pool stage, their ranking will be determined by the results of the two matches played between the relevant clubs as follows:(i) the club with the greater number of match points from those matches; or(ii) if equal, the club with the best aggregate points difference from those matches: or(iii) if equal, the club that scored the most tries in those matches..(c) If ranking remains unresolved and/or if clubs have not played each other previously in the pool stage, qualification/ranking will be determined as follows:(i) the best aggregate points difference from the pool stage; or(ii) if equal, the number of tries scored in the pool stage; or(iii) if equal, the club with the fewest number of players suspended under Disciplinary Rules in the pool stage; or(iv) if unresolved, by drawing lots.KNOCKOUT STAGEThe clubs ranked 1 to 4 will have home advantage for the quarter-finals as follows:Club 1 v Club 8 (QF1) Club 4 v Club 5 (QF2) Club 3 v Club 6 (QF3) Club 2 v Club 7 (QF4)The winner of QF1 will play the winner of QF2 in one semi-final, and the winner of QF3 will play the winner of QF4 in the other semi-final print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Ahead of Connacht’s last Pool game in the European Challenge Cup on Saturday in Bordeaux (3pm), we look at the current standings in all five pools:center_img The five pool winners and three best-placed runners-up will qualify for the quarter-finals and will be decided as follows:last_img read more

Chelsea and ‘make contact with Maurizio Sarri’ who is furious with Napoli chairman

first_imgCHELSEA target Maurizio Sarri is nearing a summer exit, according to reports in Italy.The Napoli boss was publicly criticised by club chairman Aurelo Di Laurentiis for failing to rotate the squad enough as their title bid faltered.3 Maurizio Sarri could be prepared to step down as Napoli boss this summerCredit: Getty Images3 Maurizio Sarri is said to be fuming with comments made by chairman Aurelio Di LaurentiisCredit: Getty ImagesGazzetta dello Sport report Sarri is furious at the comments and could be prepared to step down.He has a £7million buy-out clause and Chelsea are among the frontrunners for him as they look to replace Antonio Conte this summer.However, the article claims Borussia Dortmund and Monaco have all made contact with Sarri’s entourage.Chelsea remain favourites to land Sarri — and they could even swap managers directly with the Neapolitans, who would be keen to appoint Conte as his replacement.most read in footballRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bash3 Mauricio Pochettino made cryptic comment about his future after FA Cup semi-finalCredit: REUTERSNapoli boss Maurizio Sarri gives Juventus fans the middle finger ahead of clash Despite an incredible campaign which saw them embark on a nine-match winning run and seal a dramatic last-gasp victory away at Juventus, Napoli look set to miss out on a first Scudetto in 28 years.SARRI SO RIGHT Maurizio Sarri is perfect for Chelsea: Napoli boss is low maintenance, hates transfers — and doesn’t mind a moanDefeat at home to Torino today would see the Bianconeri crowned champions for a seventh season in a row.Napoli were Sarri’s first top flight side, having only managed teams in the lower league in the early part of his career.last_img read more

Dele joins tournament tradition of going blonde as he shows off new look

first_imgDELE ALLI appears to have gone a bit blonde ahead of the World Cup.The Tottenham star showed off his new locks at an England training session on Friday.4 Dele Alli has gone sort-of blonde ahead of the World CupCredit: ReutersAlli’s typically black hair was seen flecked with what appeared to be dabs of blonde highlights.And he is the latest player to opt for the colour ahead of a major tournament.Paul Gascoigne famously went beach-blonde for his country at Euro 1996.While just two years later, the entire Romanian team dyed their hair in a bid to bring good luck.4 Paul Gascoigne dyed his hair blonde ahead of Euro 1996Credit: EmpicsAaron Ramsey turned heads in 2016 when he went for a bold look ahead of Wales’ Euro 2016 campaign.It was the same summer Lionel Messi too went blonde, although there wasn’t a tournament round the corner for the Argentine at the time.Dele Alli X BoohooMAN – the stylish Tottenham star has launched a clothing collection and we want it allPLAYGROUND FOOTBALL England players mess around with Marcus RashfordIn the Premier League, Manchester United duo Phil Jones and Marouane Fellaini both joined the blonde ranks for some time.While former Liverpool striker Fabio Borini pulled off the look during his time at Sunderland.And in Spain, James Rodriguez tried to force his way into the Real Madrid side by changing his hair colour, although he did end up sealing a move to Bayern Munich a short while after.Latest England newsExclusiveCURSE FEARStrictly curse sees plans for stars and celebs to isolate together scrappedSAM SO SUMPTUOUSVictoria’s Secret Angel Sara Sampaio wows as she poses in racy lingerieExclusiveWAYNE’S AWAYWayne Bridge is selling his mansion — after John Terry moved in nearbyExclusiveRISKY BUSINESSRyan Thomas stops van on dual carriageway to treat himself to a Mr WhippyExclusiveBED GRIME STORYStormzy in talks to write series of children’s books about diversityTUNED INWhat the stars of Chris Moyles’ R1 show are doing now – from marriages to big jobs4 The Romanian football team went blonde for the 1998 World CupCredit: Reuters4 Aaron Ramsey dyed his hair colour ahead of Wales’ Euro 2016 campaignCredit: PA:Press Association199 kick-ups and a selfie: Marcus Rashford dazzles fans with amazing skillsMost read in sportWHAT THE REFMMA fighter gets DQ’d in Abu Dhabi and tries to fight Brit ref Marc GoddardLIL ISSUEBoris Becker’s estranged wife begs his new girlfriend to ‘step away from my son’RETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in Formenteraprayer parkHundreds of Muslim worshipers celebrate Eid at Croke Park in historic ceremonylast_img read more

Watford come back against Spurs thanks to Cathcart header

first_imgTOTTENHAM travel to Watford with both teams coming into the match at Vicarage Road on the back of three wins out of three.Spurs stunned Man United 3-0 at Old Trafford last time out while the Hornets edged out Crystal Palace in a hard fought 2-1 home win.last_img

Dele Alli injury fears after Spurs ace taken off after clash with Jordan Pickford

first_imgDELE ALLI could be set for a spell on the sidelines after being subbed off injured during Tottenham’s Premier League clash with Everton.The midfield ace was clattered by Jordan Pickford during the first half at Goodison Park and was left clutching his right hamstring.4 Dele Alli was taken off injured at half-time during Spurs vs EvertonCredit: Getty ImagesAnd Mauricio Pochettino clearly feels Alli could be in trouble by deciding to take him off during the half-time break.The England international was playing a terrific match up until that point, having got on the scoresheet at Goodison.But replacement Erik Lamela proved equally as reliable as Tottenham fired five past their hosts.It means Pochettino’s men are just two points behind Manchester City and six off leaders Liverpool.4 The ace appeared to damage his right hamstringCredit: AP:Associated PressAnd after failing to sign a single player in the summer, there could now be some January reinforcements for the unlikely title challengers.But their most important deal could be to tie boss Pochettino down to a fresh contract.The Argentine is being lined up to take charge at Manchester United next summer.And Spurs will be hoping to end the season with a trophy in order to convince him to stay put.Tottenham ban Mauricio Pochettino from speaking about Manchester United 4 Pochettino decided to sub Alli off at half-time for Erik LamelaCredit: AP:Associated Press4 Spurs face an anxious wait to see how bad the injury isCredit: Getty ImagesMost Read In SportFeatureNAKED TRUTHThe most embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions in sport, including Venus WilliamsBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosLEADING BY EXAMPLEBrian O’Driscoll feels ‘too guilty’ not to wear face mask when shoppingFOND FAREWELLShane Lowry shares moving snap as he says goodbye to daughter Iris at airportVideoMAC IN ATTACKMcGregor shows off football skills as UFC star proves he’s no one-trick ponylast_img read more