Football: Seaman blow for Arsenal

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ARSENAL'S Double hopes have been hit by the news that David Seaman and Ian Wright are set to miss another three games, despite hopes of their imminent return to action.

After an impressive performance for the Arsenal reserves against Portsmouth at the weekend, Seaman has had a setback on the finger injury that has kept him out since January, and has been unable to train.

Wright is still struggling with a groin problem and it looks likely the pair will miss Saturday's Premiership match with Sheffield Wednesday and next Tuesday's visit to Bolton, as well as the FA Cup semi-final against Wolves on 5 April.

However, despite pulling out of the England squad to face Switzerland tonight, Tony Adams and Ray Parlour should be fit to face Wednesday.

Arsenal's title rivals, Manchester United, have beaten Spurs to the signature of York teenager Jonathan Greening, after he impressed in trials in November. And in a remarkably charitable gesture, United are to help out their struggling neighbours, Manchester City, by letting them have defender John Curtis, who played for England Under-21s last night, on loan for the rest of the season.

Lars Bohinen, the Blackburn midfielder, is to meet Jim Smith, the Derby manager, about a move to Pride Park in a deal worth around pounds 1.2m. The Norwegian has fallen out of favour with the Rovers manager, Roy Hodgson, and has made just six Premiership starts this season. Blackburn paid Nottingham Forest pounds 700,000 for him two seasons ago.

Leyton Orient have been fined by the Football Association for fielding three ineligible players in league matches. The Third Division side fielded Mark Warren, Simon Clark and Stuart Hicks in a number of mid-season matches, even though they were suspended.

Orient, who blamed administrative errors for the offence, were fined pounds 20,000 - pounds 12,500 suspended until 1999 - and were reported to the Football League, who could also deduct points when they consider the case.