Gallacher breaks leg

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Kevin Gallacher, the Scottish international striker, is out of Blackburn Rovers' championship run-in and will not play again before next season after suffering a hairline fracture of his right leg in Thursday's 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace.

Gallacher, who had scored Blackburn's second goal on his comeback following a 15-month absence with a double fracture of the same leg, was injured by a challenge by Palace's John Humphrey. He returned from hospital up to his waist in plaster and confirmed yesterday that X-rays revealed a crack on the bone.

"It's a nightmare, though I surely can't be out for as long as last time," Gallacher said. "It will be at least 12 weeks before I can think about kicking a ball. All I've got to look forward to is pre-season training.

"This is a massive blow. To not play for so long and then to score was unbelievable. I was on such a high. Now I'm in a major low."

Gallacher, a £1.5m signing from Coventry, had been pencilled for Scotland's Asian mini-tour this summer and was being watched against Palace by David Hay, Celtic's assistant manager.

n Arrigo Sacchi, Italy's coach, surprised no one yesterday when he recalled Roberto Baggio into his squad for Italy's European Championship qualifier against Lithuania next week. Sacchi, who had to leave a recuperating Baggio out of his side for last month's qualifiers against Estonia and Ukraine, named a 19-man squad for the 26 April Group Four match in Vilnius.

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