LITESPORT MICHAEL SCHUMACHER called off his shock return to Formula One this morning afteradmittingthathisneckcouldnotcope with the huge strain of driving again for Ferrari. The seven-time world champion (above) wasdesperatetogetbackbehindthewheel at the European Grand Prix in Valencia on 23 August as a replacement for the injured Felipe Massa. But after a private testing session in an old Ferrari car at Mugello, Schumacher wasforcedtoadmitthattheneckproblems he sustained in a motorcycle accident back inFebrarywouldnotallowhimtocompete again in F1. Yesterday evening, I had to inform Fer- rari President Luca di Montezemolo and Team Principal Stefano Domenicali that unfortunately Im not able to step in for Felipe, Schumacher explained on his personal website. I really tried everything to make that temporary comeback possible, however, much to my regret it didnt work out. Unfortunately we did not manage to getagriponthepainintheneckwhich occurred after the private F1- day in Mugello, even if medically or therapeuti- cally we tried everything possible. The consequences of the injuries caused by the bike accident in February, fractures in the area of head and neck, unfortunately have turned out to be still too severe. That is why my neck cannot stand the extreme stresses caused by Formula One yet. These are the clear results of the examinationswedidoverthecourseof the past two weeks and the final examination yesterday afternoon. Schumacheradmittedthathe was deeply frustrated to have to give up his dream return, which had cap- tured the imagination of motor sport fans around the world. I am disappointed to the core, he explained. I am awfully sorry for the guys at Fer- rariandforallthefanswhocrossedfingers for me. I can only repeat that I tried everything that was within my power. All I can do now is to keep my fingers crossed for the whole team for the coming races. Ferrari have moved quickly to announce that test driver Luca Badoer will now replace Massa for the European GP which takes place in just 12 days. Badoer has had 48 starts in F1 during his career, although his last appearance was for Minardi way back in 1999. But former F1 owner Eddie Jordan believes Ferarri would have been better attempting a dramatic swoop for Renaults former world cham- pionFernandoAlonso, whoheisadamantwill be joining the Italian team next year. Jordan told talk- SPORT: My belief and my information is thatFernandoAlonsois going to Ferrari next year. Why dont they bring it forward? The people at Renault would go crazy, but thats what Id be trying to do. London Lite Tuesday, 11 August 2009 31 Caseys still unsure over his USPGA participation ENGLANDS world number three Paul Casey will decide later today on whether a strained rib muscle will rule him out of this weeks USPGA Championship. I will head to Hazeltine but not hit any balls until today and then make my decision, said the 32-year-old. Casey sustained the injury before the Open at Turnberry in July and it forced him out of last weeks World Golf Championships. The PGA Championship, which is the final major of the year, gets under way on Thursday A strained intercostal muscle resulted in an early withdrawal last Thursday and leaves me uncertain for this week, Casey explained on his website. The injury actually came about in the lead-up to the Open when I was hitting drivers the week before. Ive been able to rest it the past few weeks but tweaked it last Monday playing out of the rough. Its a frustrating injury to receive as the only real cure is rest. Feeling the strain: Paul Casey Quins given a date for fake blood appeal HARLEQUINS have until next Monday to prepare a case that could be vital in preventing them being kicked out of the Heineken Cup for their part in the Tom Williams fake blood scandal. The European Rugby Cup have confirmed they are appealing against the original decision to dismiss misconduct charges against then director of rugby Dean Richards, club doctor Wendy Chapman and phsyio Steph Brennan. They are also challenging the 215,000 fine, half of which was suspended, imposed on Quins when they were found guilty of misconduct. And more severe sanctions could follow if ERC win the appeal, which will be held on 17 August. 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