The matches came thick and fast over the festive period, but the niggling strain would not go away. The 22-year-old has been passed fit for Sunday’s game at Swansea though after he came through a 45-minute run-out in the Under-21s on Tuesday. Townsend scored one goal and set up two more in a 4-1 win over Newcastle, and Sherwood was happy with the wide man’s contribution. “Andros had a quiet one on Tuesday,” Sherwood said with an ironic grin. “We all know what he can do. He gives us a different dimension. “He had a flying start to the season and we are happy to have him back in the squad.” Sherwood has had to deploy Christian Eriksen on the left wing in recent weeks because the natural replacements for Townsend – Erik Lamela and Gylfi Sigurdsson – have been struggling with injury. Townsend’s return should therefore give Spurs the natural width in midfield which is key to Sherwood’s attacking philosophy. Injury has decimated the Tottenham squad in recent weeks. As many as 10 first-team players have been out at one time during the festive period. Of all the injuries suffered, the most key have been to Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul. The absence of the tall, quick and powerful centre-backs has meant that Michael Dawson and Vlad Chiriches have started the last six games at centre-back. At first sight the two might not seem a natural pairing, but they have formed a decent partnership, conceding six goals. “We picked up a lot of injuries in the centre-back position, which was a problem for us but Chiriches and Dawson have been fantastic over that Christmas period,” Sherwood said. “We’ve managed to get positive results with basically just those two to choose from.” In reality Sherwood has Hugo Lloris to thank for the team’s decent defensive record of late. The Frenchman started to lose form towards the end of Andre Villas-Boas’ reign, but he has been back to his best. Lloris’ saves have helped Tottenham move to within two points of the top four, but the goalkeeper knows there is still much work to do if the north London club are to qualify for the Champions League. “Our hopes for the season are still alive because we’re getting points and we are closer to the top four, so we are still in a good way,” Lloris told Spurs TV. “But we have to be careful and if we want to finish where we want to be, we have to do more.” Swansea’s own injury problems mean they have dropped down the table of late, with Michael Laudrup’s men without a win in their last seven. Swansea’s home record is the joint-worst in the division, but Lloris has told his team-mates they cannot afford to underestimate the opposition. He said: “It’s always difficult to play against Swansea and we know they’re capable of getting some good results against big teams. “They play some really good football and if we are not focussed on the game and if we don’t play at 100 per cent, it will be very difficult.” Press Association Sherwood kept a watchful eye over Townsend’s impressive development during his time with the youth squads, but the Spurs boss has been unable to call upon the winger since he was named head coach. Townsend suffered a hamstring injury following Sherwood’s first game as interim boss – the Capital One Cup defeat to West Ham – and he has found the comeback trail hard to negotiate. Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood cannot wait to unleash Andros Townsend on terrified defenders once again.
New Delhi: New Zealand have been dealt a major blow with skipper Kane Williamson all set to miss the five Twenty20 Internationals against England starting on November 1 in Christchurch. Tim Southee will captain the side for the five games which will be the first encounter between the two sides since the epic 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup final clash at Lord’s three months ago. In Williamson’s absence, Tim Southee will lead the side. Lockie Ferguson will play the first three games while Trent Boult will play the fourth and fifth games. Coach Gary Stead remarked that Williamson suffered the same hip injury that had troubled him in the Bangladesh Test series in March.”It’s disappointing timing for Kane at the start of an exciting Kiwi summer, but we feel it’s the right decision with a busy season ahead. We’re fortunate to have someone experienced like Tim who can comfortably step in and take the reins,” Stead remarked. Southee has captained New Zealand in Twenty20 Internationals six times and New Zealand have won five of those encounters. His only loss came in the third and final Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka in Pallekele. This was the match in which Lasith Malinga took four wickets in four balls for the second time in his international career, making him the only player to achieve the feat. New Zealand and England will play five Twenty20 Internationals with the first match at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. The second match will take place on November 3 in Wellington followed by the third game on November 5 in Nelson. The fourth match will take place at McLean Park in Napier while the fifth and final game will take place at Eden Park, Auckland. The five-match Twenty20 International series will be followed by two Tests Mount Maunganui and Hamilton but these two games are not part of the ICC World Test Championships.Also Read | Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Steve Smith And Joe Root – Which Player Is Dominating In the Fab Four?New Zealand have a poor record against England in Twenty20 Internationals, managing just five wins and losing 10 out of 16 Twenty20 encounters. However, it will be interesting to see how these two teams shape up in their first encounter after the World Cup final, in which the match headed to the super over. Even the super over was tied and England were declared the winners due to a superior boundary count. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Eating out this holiday? You may want to pay close attention to these eight South Florida restaurants which were recently shuttered by state inspectors due to health code violations.A Haitian pastry shop in North Miami was shuttered by the state after an inspector found a live rodent floating in a sink with food storage containers.The rodent was found at Cayard’s Bakery in North Miami, where records also show a roach infestation, A “stop sale” was ordered for food that was found to be out of temperature. This is the second time this bakery has been ordered shut. State records show Cayard’s was also ordered shut in April 2015.Meanwhile, roach activity was also found at:The Waffle House on Powerline Road in Fort Lauderdale;La Perla El Rincon Del Mar at 13742 SW 152nd Street, Miami Beach;Masa Taqueria at 6974 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach;Jalisco Restaurant At 1661 NE 8th Street, HomesteadPrime Cafe & Ice Cream at the Florida Keys Outlet Marketplace, 250 East Palm Drive, Florida City;Claudie B At 545 West Lucy Street, Florida City; andInkas Grill At The Florida Keys Outlet Marketplace at 250 East Palm Drive in Florida City.However, state officials say all the restaurants have since been allowed to re-open following an ordered clean up and re-inspection.
Stakrn, the French gaming and esports company, has today announced the arrival of John Armstrong to its Advisory Board, as it looks to pursue a period of international growth. John Armstrong, StakrnWith ‘a global focus on B2B services’, Stakrn has been supported since its inception by Christophe Carniel (Co-founder and CEO at Vogo) and Samy Ouerfelli (Managing Director France at Turtle Entertainment).Stakrn breaks down its work in the space into three categories; as a business hub, as an agency helping teams and players with sponsorship and via the organisation of industry events.Armstrong has now become the latest member of the board and will bring with him a wealth of experience having worked in the mobile and video game industry since the turn of the millennium. Currently he’s Director of the World Gaming Executives network and a BDM Consultant to the games industry. He also runs the Esports Business Group on Linkedin.John Armstrong commented: “The amount of hard work that Boris and his team at Stakrn have invested is clear for all to see. Stakrn’s members and partners are some of the most recognisable brands in esports, which I believe is an indicator of the confidence they have in what Stakrn can achieve as a company and in terms of how Stakrn can assist interested parties enter the esports space.“I am extremely pleased to be joining Stakrn as an Advisory Board member and intend to help both Stakrn and their clients find the best partners and solutions to optimise their business potential.” Esports Insider says: John Armstrong will add a new arm, and notable level of experience and array of industry contacts, to Stakrn as it looks to push on and expand. We’ll be keen to see what emerges from the French company especially in regards to industry events of which we have seen a number crop up in the past twelve months.