32 Monday, 10 August 2009 London Lite LITESPORT Inbrief Fergie: Ill be gentle on Ben BEN FOSTER has been backed by Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, despite the goalkeepers display in the Community Shield defeat against Chelsea. The 26-year-old, in for the injured Edwin van der Sar, flapped for the first goal and then failed to stop Frank Lampards shot. But Ferguson said: It was his first big challenge. The important thing is, knowing his ability, it means I do not have any worries about him. Zolathinkshes ontoaGudthing WEST HAM remain hopeful of signing former Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen from Barcelona before the start of the new season. The Hammers are reluctant to break their wage structure for Gudjohnsen but remain optimistic that a deal can be worked out. Gianfranco Zola is, however, less hopeful over the potential signing of Italian striker Luca Toni. He said: I dont know whether he will be our player in the future. Bom disarmed by injury blow SPURS target Mark van Bommel has been ruled out for up to four weeks after breaking his toe in Bayern Munichs opening game of the Bundesliga season. The Dutch midfielder, linked with Spurs earlier this month, will now miss the friendly international against England on Wednesday. Tottenham, meanwhile, beat Olympiacos 3-0 yesterday thanks to goals from Roman Pavlyuchenko, Vedran Corluka and Jermain Defoe. Oh hells Bells, where is Craig? CRAIG BELLAMY has gone missing after failing to join up with the Wales squad for their friendly against Montenegro this week. The Manchester City striker did not report to the team hotel in Cardiff on Sunday night and was also absent as the squad boarded a plane this morning. The FAW have not been able to contact Bellamy to get an explanation and a spokesman said: We just hope hes all right. Camara close to Hull switch HULL boss Phil Brown is optimistic about adding another player to his squad in the shape of Senegal striker Henri Camara. The 32-year-old is available on a free transfer after leaving Wigan and has been training with the Tigers in pre-season. Brown said: If we can sit down and thrash out a deal, then theres a possibility he could be a Hull City player. Im sure well do that in the next 48 hours. LONDONCALLING ARSENAL THOMAS VERMAELEN missed the weekend defeat to Valencia with a hamstring injury but should be fit to face Everton on Saturday. FIRST FIVE GAMES:Sat Everton(a)Aug 18 Celtic(CLQL1,a)22Portsmouth(h)25Celtic(CLQL2, h)29ManUtd(a) CHELSEA JOHN TERRY has given an insight to life behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge. He said: When I sit down and talk to Roman Abramovich as a fan -- not Chelsea captain -- its exciting. When hes telling me the players he wants to sign and the ambition hes got, its exciting. FIRST FIVE GAMES:Sat Hull(h)Aug 18 Sunderland(a)23Fulham(a)29Burnley(h)Sept 12 Stoke(a) FULHAM ANDREW JOHNSON is adamant that he can win silverware with Fulham. He said: I know Im as hungry as I have ever been to win something and the great thing is I am surrounded by players just as hungry as me. NEXT FIVE GAMES:Sat Portsmouth(a)20 AmkarPerm(ELQL1,h)Aug 23Chelsea(h)27Amkar Perm(ELQL2,a)30AstonVilla(a) TOTTENHAM ROMAN PAVLYUCHENKO is pushing for a place in the Spurs line-up to face Liverpool after scoring one and seting up another in the 3-0 win over Olympiacos yesterday. FIRST FIVE GAMES:Sun Liverpool(h)Aug 19Hull(a)23WestHam(a)29Birmingham(h)Sept 12ManUtd(h) WEST HAM GIANFRANCO ZOLA hopes to bring in a new striker to club this week. Everybody knows that that is a position where we need a bit more cover, said the manager. Hopefully something will happen this week. FIRST FIVE GAMES:Sat Wolves(a)23 Tottenham(h)29Blackburn(a)Sept 12Wigan(a)19 Liverpool(h) CHAMPIONSHIP CRYSTAL PALACE P1 W0 D1 L0 Pts1 JOSE FONTE was forced to sit out the weekend draw with Plymouth after suffering a minor muscle strain in training. NEXT FIVE GAMES:Tom Torquay(CCR1,h) SatBristolCity(a)Aug 18Ipswich(a)22Newcastle (h)31Peterborough(a) QPR P1 W0 D1 L0 Pts1 MARTIN ROWLANDS injured ankle will be assesed this week. He will have a scan once the swelling has gone down but could be out for two weeks. NEXT FIVE GAMES:Tom Exeter(CCR1,a)Sat Plymouth(a)Aug 18BristolCity(a)22NottmForest (h)29Scunthorpe(a) READING P1 W0 D1 L0 Pts1 STRIKER Simon Church has emerged as a possible future target for Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez. Benitez is monitoring the forward following a tip from Wales assistant manager Roy Evans. NEXT FIVE GAMES:Tom BurtonAlbion(CCR1, h)SatNewcastle(a)Aug 18Swansea(a)22Sheff Utd(h)29Barnsley(a) WATFORD P1 W0 D1 L0 Pts1 TOMMY SMITH is holding out for a move to Reading instead of Sheffield United but has told the Hornets he is happy remain at the club if the Royals do not meet their valuation. NEXT FIVE GAMES:Tom Barnet(CCR1,a)Sat SheffUtd(a)Aug 18NottmForest(a)22Blackpool (h)29Swansea(a) Lamps:We always FRANKLAMPARDhasadvisedaraging Sir Alex Ferguson to brush up on the rules of the game following Chelseas controversial Community Shield win over Manchester United. The champions reacted furiously as Chelsea ignored a prostrate Patrice Evra, who had been felled by a vicious Michael Ballack elbow, played on and built a move which ended in Lampard putting his side 2-1 ahead. RefereeChrisFoy,whomissedtheugly challenge, drew a typically curt reaction from Ferguson after the game, while the players were involved in a series of heated exchanges. But Lampard insists he did nothing wrong and is sure United would not have reacted any differently had the boot been on the other foot. He said: Anyone should look at the rules. Its up to the referee to stop it but United just stopped when their man was down. Its in the rules, when the referee stops it he stops it. We carried on and Im sure United would have done the same in that position. Asked if he felt he should have kicked the ball out rather than trying to score,headded:Idontthinkanyplayer would in that situation, youre entitled to have a go and shoot at goal. Thats what United did in the first half, but the referee stopped them and when Ballack went down in the sec- ond half they were complaining that they couldnt carry on. Some players lie on the floor when they know the other team are counter- attacking. Thats happened in the past so I think the rule is important. Ballack, meanwhile, admitted he was fortunate to get away with his cynical attempt to block Evra. He said: I have to be happy that the referee didnt blow because maybe I blocked him a little bit. If the referee gives a foul it would have been okay as well, but he decided not to. Chelsea eventually went onto win a one-sided penalty shoot-out and boss Carlo Ancelotti is confident his side are now primed for the new campaign . He said: We are ready to start a very importantseasonforusandweareready to do our best. 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