Football: Chelsea struck by Huth injury

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CHELSEA'S GERMAN defender Robert Huth will be out for six to eight weeks with knee ligament damage. The centre-back recently returned from an ankle injury and scored in the 2-0 win over Birmingham City in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday.

"He was really unlucky because someone fell on him," the Chelsea physio Mike Banks said. "At least he won't need surgery."

The Israeli midfielder Eyal Berkovic has left Portsmouth by mutual consent. The former Manchester City player moved to Fratton Park a year ago but recently told the club he wanted to continue his career in his homeland.

The Blackburn defender Andy Todd has signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract after impressing since Mark Hughes' arrival at Ewood Park.

The England goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The former England goalkeeper Clemence will miss England's training sessions next week before their friendly against the Netherlands as he takes a break from work to receive treatment. "The news I have had from the doctors so far has been very positive and encouraging," he said. "I'm looking forward to getting the treatment out of the way and returning to work as soon as possible."

Clemence, who won 61 England caps, as well as three European Cups and five titles with Liverpool in an impressive playing career, has been the national team's senior goalkeeping coach since 1996.

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