But it will not stop him featuring against Southampton due to West Ham’s ongoing defensive injury situation as, with b oth James Collins and Winston Reid missing with hamstring problems, Allardyce expects Tomkins to once again partner stand-in Cheikhou Kouyate at St Mary’s. “He broke his nose but it’s not serious enough to keep him out,” Allardyce said. “From a challenge point of view I thought it was pretty naughty. He (Van Persie) had a look to see where the defender was and then took him out basically. “The assistant referee gave a foul but he didn’t think it was more serious. Tomkins should be fit to play tomorrow night which is the most important thing for us.” Tomkins said after the game against United that it was an innocent challenge from substitute Fellaini which actually did the damage to his nose – although he also questioned Van Persie’s motives. “The nose is a bit swollen,” he told national newspapers. “Fellaini was the second time in the match when I broke it. He has always got that about him when he goes up with his hands a lot,” Tomkins said. “It is tough to say he does it deliberately, but with the Van Persie one, I think he had a look at me first and then he has gone for me. I think that was more malicious than the other one, even though I came out worse the second time.” Press Association Neither Collins nor Reid will be fit in time for the trip to the south coast, with Kouyate stepping in well against United, scoring the opening goal and showing he is more than an able deputy. But Allardyce may be able to welcome back club-record signing Andy Carroll – even though that news has been tainted by a potential foot injury to captain Kevin Nolan. With a number of key players still absent, Allardyce is pleased with the momentum garnered from the draw with Van Gaal’s side a nd he stood by the long-ball claims he made in the post-match press conference following Daley Blind’s last-gasp leveller for the visitors. Allardyce said: “The media love a bit of a tale, something to write about. It (United’s long-ball tactic) was a fact and everyone loves facts. “On Sunday it was Man United playing direct football to try and overcome a defeat and it paid off for them. That’s how they got back into the game and sadly for us there wasn’t time for us to react. “We have to pick up from where we left off against United. They gave everything they possibly had and we want to maintain that level in every game for the rest of the season. “So Wednesday night is all about our attitude and determination. We’re going to need to push ourselves in order to win. We had a bit of a lull in our performances recently but to see us back to near our best was a big boost. We don’t want our season to fade away.” Allardyce also revealed he is hopeful of signing former Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra after confirming the France international is training with the Hammers. Diarra, 29, has been without a club since leaving Lokomotiv Moscow in August but is not too far away from match fitness and could be turning out for West Ham inside a fortnight if the expected deal is completed in the coming days. “He is training with us,” Allardyce said. “I’m not so sure whether we have finalised a deal yet but he is doing a little bit of training with us. The deal is very close to being finalised and on the basis of where we are with our squad and the injuries, once we have him fit he will be a very good addition based on his previous record as a footballer.” Diarra’s spell in Moscow ended acrimoniously after reports he refused to train following a bust-up with manager Leonid Kuckuk but, despite not playing in almost nine months, Allardyce believes the former Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth man could soon be part of his first-team squad at Upton Park. “He won’t be in any good shape in terms of being on the bench on Wednesday or on the bench on Saturday against West Brom,” said Allardyce. “But I certainly hope that, with a good few days’ training with the lads, he will be close in seven to 10 days if he finally signs the contract.” The Manchester United striker caught Tomkins with a stray arm in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Upton Park, after which Allardyce labelled Louis van Gaal’s side as ”long-ball United”. Despite Van Persie avoiding punishment from referee Mark Clattenburg for catching Tomkins with his elbow, Allardyce called the incident a ”naughty” challenge – even though Tomkins himself revealed the break came in a separate incident with Marouane Fellaini. Sam Allardyce will field James Tomkins at Southampton on Wednesday despite the defender breaking his nose against Manchester United, with the West Ham boss claiming his player was also “taken out” in a separate incident with Robin van Persie.
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom | AFP | Dele Alli’s reaction to signing a new six-year deal with Tottenham this week underlined why Mauricio Pochettino is so valuable to the north London club amid claims the Argentine coach is growing restless.Victory at Wolves on Saturday would extend Spurs’ best start to a Premier League campaign since Pochettino took charge ahead of the 2014-15 season.That, though, tells only part of the story.Performances have too often fallen short of standards set in recent seasons, throwing focus on the failure to make any signings during the last transfer window.The after-effects of a gruelling World Cup campaign have taken a toll on a number of Pochettino’s squad, while Tottenham’s Champions League campaign already hangs in the balance.Add to that the continuing delays to Tottenham’s move back into a rebuilt White Hart Lane, and there is a growing sense the club is treading water right now.Speaking ahead of Monday’s home defeat to Manchester City, Pochettino admitted to feeling frustrated, conceding this was the worst he has felt since taking charge of the club.Pochettino acknowledged his side has made some progress, but insisted off-field distractions had diverted their focus away from winning trophies.It doesn’t help, then, that Real Madrid, long term admirers of the Argentinian, are now looking for a replacement for the sacked Julen Lopetegui.Pochettino’s future appeared secure when he signed a new five-year contract at the end of last season. But Tottenham would not be the first club to discover they have a fight on their hands if the La Liga giants decide to step up their interest in the manager.The central importance of Pochettino to Tottenham’s long-term plans, though, was reinforced by Alli’s glowing endorsement.The England midfielder became the latest member of Pochettino’s squad to sign a long-term deal this week and made it clear the Argentine was a major factor in his decision to put pen to paper.– In demand –“He is a massive part of wanting to be at this club,” said Alli after Wednesday’s win at West Ham in the League Cup.“The fans are amazing, the chairman, everyone — the whole club’s amazing.“But as players you work with the gaffer, you want to have a good relationship with the manager, and we all feel like we’ve got that here.“We all love the way we work, the style of play. We all want to be a part of it.“He’s done a lot for me so far and hopefully he can keep helping me to improve.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2
A 16-year-old girl is recovering after suffering bites from a shark attack off the coast of Florida.Authorities say the girl was boogie boarding in the Atlantic Ocean off Amelia Island on Friday when the shark bit her on the back of the foot.She was able to free herself and returned to the pool area of the resort where she was staying, to meet first responders.The girl was taken to a local hospital with serious but non life-threatening injuries to her foot, heel and ankle. She received several stitches.Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper cautions that sharks generally like to feed in the morning and late afternoon, and for swimmers to be especially careful during those times.
The Palm Beach County School Board reviewed several options on Wednesday for reopening schools for the upcoming academic year.The school district’s Reopening Task Force presented school board members with a 32-page presentation that considers the challenges and opportunities of each reopening option.At this time, officials are considering three educational options for students: full-time in-person instruction on campus, full-time distance learning, or a hybrid combination of the two.Based on recent parent surveys and feedback, the district said more than one option may be necessary.“I wrestle with the reality of knowing the decisions we make will impact our most fragile children,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donald Fennoy at Wednesday’s school board meeting. Students in Palm Beach County are currently scheduled to begin the new school year on Monday, Aug. 10.Wednesday’s discussion comes two days after the Florida Department of Education issued an order requiring public school districts around the state to open their campuses five days a week.According to Dr. Fennoy, the School District of Palm Beach County has some flexibility with that mandate, as the district considers taking recommendations and advice from health leaders.The school board is expected to make a final decision on its reopening plan at its July 15 meeting.