Davies ruled out for six weeks with fractured cheekbone

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Bolton's Kevin Davies has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a depressed fracture of the cheekbone. The 29-year-old striker sustained the injury when he was elbowed in the face by Charlton Athletic's Hermann Hreidarsson in Saturday's Premiership defeat at The Valley.

Hreidarsson was sent off for the offence but Davies was later shown a red card himself after a separate incident involving Charlton's Amady Faye.

Davies had a scan yesterday and will have an operation today to determine the full extent of the injury.

The Bolton manager, Sam Allardyce, told the club's website yesterday: "It is terrible news for Kevin and the squad. I feel for Kevin. He is the ultimate professional, who always gives his best no matter what strain he is under from opposition defenders."

The Football Association has confirmed that the Portsmouth midfielder Richard Hughes has been cleared of passing on "inside information" after betting on the manager Harry Redknapp's return to Fratton Park from Southampton last December.

Hughes was interviewed by the FA's compliance department as part of an eight-month probe into an alleged betting sting. They have twice interviewed Redknapp and the outgoing Portsmouth chairman, Milan Mandaric, who said he instigated the latest meeting last week in an attempt finally to take the heat off his manager.

Hughes' wager was uncovered after Betfair, the betting exchange firm, handed in details of all bets placed in the 24 hours before Redknapp's return, but the Scottish international midfielder received only a stern warning.

An FA spokesman said: "There is no suggestion that Richard Hughes had inside information and passed it on to others, but he was reminded of his responsibilities with regard to the rules about players betting."

FA regulations state that a player, manager or director may not bet on any match or competition in which their club is involved or which they can influence, nor are they allowed to pass on inside information about transfers or appointments for betting purposes.

The FA compliance unit has warned, however, that its investigation into the Portsmouth case continues.

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