Leading scorer David Nugent is a doubt for Leicester ahead of
Blackburn’s visit to the King Power Stadium.
Nugent hurt his neck in a challenge with Blackpool defender
Craig Cathcart during Saturday’s goalless draw at Bloomfield Road
and the 14-goal striker will undergo a late fitness test.
On-loan Tottenham striker Harry Kane impressed on his debut
against the Tangerines and he could make his home bow for the Foxes
Matty James missed out at the weekend with a knock and the
midfielder looks like being absent once more.
Blackburn team news to follow…
Ahead of the game, Leicester boss Nigel Pearson told reporters:
“Knowing (Blackburn manager) Michael Appleton as I do, he’ll try
and make his teams difficult to beat. I think that’s what we all
try to do in all honesty, but they’ve got some good experience
within their ranks.
“We know it will be a tough game as they’ve had some good
results of late, but as always my main interest is how we play
“I know that if we play to our strengths we’ve got a very good
chance of winning the game.”
The profit was achieved effectively by the sale of Robin van
Persie to Manchester United, allowing the reserves to rise by
The figures are for the half year to the end of November
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood said: “Our ability to compete
at the top of the game here and in Europe is underpinned by our
financial performance which gives the club strength and
“Our desire is to make everyone connected with Arsenal proud of
the club. We know that comes through winning trophies but also
through the way we do things and that will remain our constant
The financial report states the that “profit on sale of player
registrations amounted to ?42.5million” – down from ?63million in
2011 but still a cause of concern to those fans who believe Arsenal
have not replaced players such as van Persie and before him Cesc
Fabregas by those of similar quality.
Hill-Wood insisted however that was not the case.
He added in a statement: “Let me be quite clear that our
intention is to keep our best players and recruit new talent to
make us stronger.
“Although we were disappointed to see Robin van Persie leave the
club, we have taken steps to secure our best players going forward
and have recently signed Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs,
Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson to new
“During this financial period we also invested ?40.9million in
the acquisition of new players, Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and
Olivier Giroud, and the extension of other player contracts. More
recently we added Nacho Monreal to our ranks from Malaga.”
Hill-Wood said that the Premier League club’s agreement to bring
in financial fair play-style spending controls would help
He said: “These new rules will be good for us, good for the
Premier League and good for the game as a whole.
“It is important that we maintain the quality and level of
competition if the game is to continue being a compelling spectacle
and we believe the introduction of tighter financial regulation
will assist all clubs to compete while remaining financially
Arsenal’s football turnover dropped from ?113.5million to
?106million as a result of four fewer home fixtures compared to the
same period last year. The report also confirmed an extended
partnership with Emirates which will be worth up to
Hill-Wood added: “The Emirates partnership is one of the biggest
sponsorship deals in the game and is an endorsement of the
commercial approach we are taking.”
The 26-year-old, who bagged 25 goals for the Gills on loan from
Norwich in 2010/11, returned to Priestfield at the end of January
on an agreement until the end of the season in a bid to regain his
But City, short of firepower up front, have now taken the option
to activate a recall clause after 28 days of McDonald’s stay in
Kent having watched him bag four goals in seven appearances for the
League Two promotion chasers.
Gillingham boss Martin Allen told the club’s official website:
“We have just been contacted by Coventry and they have recalled
“I am sure that each and every one of us are very grateful for
the way that Cody has conducted himself on and off the pitch.
“Off the field he has been a model professional. Hard-working,
dedicated and committed to our club.
“On the field he has been honest, hungry and deadly.”
Bernstein paid tribute to the support of the Bradford City fans
despite the League Two side going down 5-0 to winners Swansea at
Wembley in front of a crowd of 82,597.
He also congratulated the Swansea, for whom it was their first
ever major trophy.
Bernstein said: “I had the pleasure of attending the Capital One
final at Wembley Stadium yesterday.
“In the context of all we in football are trying to achieve in
the area of respect and good behaviour it was an outstanding
“I would like to congratulate Swansea City FC on their support,
fine performance and excellent victory and both clubs on the level
of sportsmanship shown.
“In particular it was more than pleasing to witness the
fantastic support of the Bradford City fans. Their backing for
their team in adversity was a wonderful example of passion and
loyalty combined with good humour. It was a pleasure to observe.
Very well done to all concerned.”
Redknapp picked Bosingwa for the first time since December 8 at
the weekend, as QPR lost 2-0 to runaway Premier League leaders
The Champions League winner had been out of favour since before
Christmas after he reportedly stormed out of Loftus Road following
his axing for a home match with Fulham.
Bosingwa was fined two weeks’ wages at the time and Redknapp
continued to overlook the 30-year-old despite his side’s
But in the wake of his return at the weekend, when Bosingwa was
a starter, Redknapp confirmed he was now ready to move on as the Rs
battle to beat the drop.
“Jose made a mistake, but it can’t go on forever,” Redknapp told
QPR’s website. “The issue is resolved. He was fined and we’ve all
moved on from it.
“He’s trained hard and is showing the right attitude again.
“There’s no question he can play. He’s good on the ball.”
Redknapp revealed he had been convinced of Bosingwa’s contrition
following the trip to Swansea a fortnight ago.
“I took him with us to Swansea a couple of weeks ago and didn’t
even put him on the bench,” he said.
“I did that to test his attitude and he was fine.”
Despite Bosingwa’s return, QPR remained seven points adrift of
safety as goals from Rafael and Ryan Giggs ensured they went a
sixth league game without success.
While Aston Villa’s defeat at Arsenal meant QPR did not lose any
ground on 17th place, defender Christopher Samba admits their
survival hopes are becoming more unlikely with 11 games
“There is a big challenge ahead of us,” he said. “Other results
were good to us, we are still the same number of points behind like
we were before the game.
“I do think there was an improvement in our game on Saturday but
we need to get going.
“Everybody has written us off. This will take the pressure off
us because nobody expects us to do this.
“We are going to go into the next matches, do our thing and if
we can avoid relegation, it will be the greatest achievement.”
Following Saturday’s defeat, Redknapp admitted QPR’s best hope
of staying up rested with strike duo Loic Remy and Bobby
Both have, however, struggled for fitness recently with Remy’s
only goal since his arrival last month coming inside 15 minutes of
his debut at West Ham on January 19.
Since then, QPR have scored once in four league games – a Zamora
consolation in the 4-1 loss at Swansea – and Samba believes they
must start to create more in attack.
“We tried to get going but I think we need to create more
goal-scoring opportunities for ourselves. That was lacking at the
weekend,” said Samba, who saw a header cleared off the line by
United defender Rafael in the first half.
“I came close, but close is not good enough. We have to hit the
target a bit more.
“I know what I can bring to the team on free-kicks and corners
but I wish we could create more from open play. We had few shots on