32 Tuesday, 4 August 2009 London Lite LITESPORT Inbrief Scots must do without Gord CRAIG GORDON was today left out of the Scotland squad for next weeks World Cup clash in Norway. The Sunderland No1 has struggled to recover from a knee injury after undergoing surgery in May. Scotland boss George Burley, already without Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor after the Boozegate saga, said: Its a huge loss. Craig is a top international keeper. We tried to give it as long as possible. Barring a miracle, hes not going to be available. UEFA supremo in dire warning UEFAs chief executive David Taylor has warned English clubs about the dangers of over- extending themselves financially. Taylor said there is disquiet at UEFA over the spending of Manchester City and Real Madrid. Taylor told BBC Radio 5 Live: There are a number of English clubs where the value has fallen. They are effectively on the market. Weve seen what has happened in recent years with very high-profile clubs like Leeds. There is certainly disquiet in the corridors of power. ESPN in deal with Freeview ESPN have done a deal with Freeview service Top Up TV, which will offer subscribers their first month free, with broadcasting starting today. ESPNs live Premier League games will be available on Freeview channel 34 and will be available from Top Up TV for 9.99 per month. Viewers can subscribe by visiting www.topuptv.com/espn or by calling 08444 158 158. Ofcom says 17 million UK homes are now capable of receiving Freeview. Ballacks back in time for Wembley kick-off BY NEAL COLLINS MICHAEL BALLACK is back in training and could face Manchester United in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday. Ballackmissedfourfriendlieswhen he was forced to return to London from the Blues US pre-season tour after fracturing a toe. ManagerCarloAncelotticonfirmed: For the next match against United he will be ready. Chelsea have gone five games unbeaten in pre-season so far and Ancelotti added: I have more or less the team that will play in my mind. We have this week before the game and I want to control the physical condition of all my players. We have to improve a little over the next week, but Im happy with the condition of the team. I think the players have played very well over the last few matches and with a good idea. I think now the team is in a very good condition physically and mentally. Chelsea will be without Joe Cole due to a long-standing knee problem, but have confirmed they will not be selling him to Tottenham. LiteSport reported yesterday that Spurs were still interested in buying the England international, but Chel- sea have taken the unusual step of publicly insisting the former West Ham star is not for sale. A club statement said: Chelsea is not, and will not be, considering any offers for Joe Cole. Our sole focus, as is Joes, is to com- pletehisrehaband get him fit as soon as possible so that he can play a major part in the new season. Chelseas20-year-oldstrikerFranco di Santo has joined Blackburn on loan until 1 January. Theclubhopehewillgainvitalfirst team experience before returning ahead of the African Nations Cup, which will see forwards Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou absent for around six weeks. Kalouhasbeenstronglylinkedwith an 8m move to Arsenal, but he insisted after scoring in the 2-2 draw with Reading that he was looking forward to playing in Chelseas new system with two strikers up front. He said: Second striker is my posi- tion and where I love to play. In Chelsea it has been a different story we have some quality strikers. Were playing a different system so it could be a good season. Going nowhere: injured Joe Cole Bring on United: Michael Ballack has made a quick recovery from the fractured toe he picked up on tour in the US and is back in training be,notwillandnot, anyconsidering offers for Joe Cole. Our sole focus, as is Joes, is to com- andrehabhisplete index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html