LITESPORT 42 Monday, 2 November 2009 London Lite ARSENAL STARRampant VanPersie putsitall downto hisfamily BY NEAL COLLINS Roos the Daddy? Wayne absent to be with Coleen WAYNE ROONEY was absent from training this morning amid growing speculation that wife Coleen is set to give birth to the couples first child. The birth is nine days overdue and Rooneys absence heightened belief that the England star is shortly to become a father for the first time. If that is the case, Rooney would almost certainly be excused from duty against CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford tomorrow, given that United require just one more win to qualify for the knockout phase. Rooney was not the only big name missing this morning, suggesting the Red Devils will be nowhere near full strength against the Russian champions. Central defensive duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were absent, although that was no surprise given the pair sat out Saturdays victory over Blackburn with ankle problems. Ryan Giggs has a knock while Dimitar Berbatov was also missing. With a crucial Premier League encounter against Chelsea looming at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Ferguson will not want to take any chances with his stars. There was some good news as Park Ji-sung was able to train after a recent absence with fluid on his knee, which manager Sir Alex Ferguson had suggested would keep him out for two more weeks. BY GEOFF TEATHER Inbrief Fabio to unveil Sir Alfs statue ENGLAND boss Fabio Capello will unveil a sculpture of World Cup-winning boss Sir Alf Ramsey at Wembley on Friday. Sir Geoff Hurst, Sir Bobby Charlton and Bobby Moores widow Stephanie will also be on hand for the commemoration. The sculpture has been crafted by Philip Jackson, who commented: My thinking was to create something that will inspire the current team and put the frighteners on the opposition! Brown receives Pearsonbacking INCOMING Hull chairman Adam Pearson has assured manager Phil Brown he will still be in charge for this weekends clash against Stoke. Browns position is under scrutiny as Pearson prepares to begin a second spell at the Tigers helm. Hull have won just three of their last 33 Premier League matches. Pearson, whose arrival was confirmed officially today, said: Phil is the manager of Hull City and he still will be next Sunday. Shays quality is just a Given MARK HUGHES praised Shay Given who ensured the Manchester City managers 46th birthday was not a complete damp squib as his heroics earned a point at Birmingham. He produced a string of fine saves during the goalless draw including a second- half penalty save to deny James McFadden. Hughes said: He is an outstanding goalkeeper and has been for the majority of his career. Premier League hit by red rage THE red mist descended on the Barclays Premier League this weekend, with Saturdays tally of eight sendings-off setting a new record. With Barry Ferguson also given his marching orders in Birminghams draw with Manchester City yesterday, the two-day total of nine was the highest for a decade. Liverpool were the worst offenders, with Philipp Degen and Jamie Carragher both seeing red in their defeat at Fulham. Stephen feels much Appiah BOLOGNA have announced the signing of Ghana midfielder Stephen Appiah. Appiah, 28, has been without a club since leaving Fenerbahce last year after he struggled to overcome a knee injury. Trials at Tottenham and Rubin Kazan failed to result in a contract offer, although Appiah has remained a key figure for his country in their World Cup qualifying campaign. ROBIN VAN PERSIE offered advice to the Premier Leagues wayward stars today, insisting: Its not good to go out all the time. You need a fantastic family life like me. The Dutchman scored twice in Satur- days emphatic 3-0 win over north Lon- don rivals Tottenham to take his tally to eight goals from his last nine matches. Van Persie recently celebrated the birth of his second child with wife Bouchra -- a detail clearly alluded to in his thumb-sucking goal celebrations -- and claims the celebrity nightclub life- style does not interest him as the Gunners push to end their silverware drought on four fronts. He said: My family life is fantastic. The main things in my life are my two kids and my wife -- and it makes you stable. It gives you a good basis to per- form because it is not good to go out all the time. When you play at this level--intheChampi- ons League, FA Cup and Premier League -- you need to recover and get your rest here and there and that is what I am doing. I sleep okay. I am sometimes tired all day but it is not because I dont get enoughsleep.Sometimes I jump into my sons bed and that helps as well. I get seven to eight hours a night which is good but when you have two kids and lots of guests over, you are a bit tired. Iamin the middle of this situation but I am feeling stronger again now. Two weeks ago, after the birth, it was really hard and I was struggling physically but it is better now. The 26-year-old, who signed a new contract with the club in July, also claimed he would love to play against Manchester City after Arsenal were drawn to face Mark Hughess side in the Carling Cup quarter-finals. The Gunners lost 4-2 in Septembers PremierLeagueclashasformerGunner Emmanuel Adebayor earned a suspen- sion and a ban for his antics, which fea- tured a pitch-long goal celebration and a stamp which left Van Persie with a gashed face. He said: If they can find the right mix like they did in the last round against It gives you a good basis to per- togoodnotisitbecauseform thisatplayyouWhen Champi-thein--level ons League, FA Cup LeaguePremierand toneedyou-- I sleep okay. 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