Hendry leaves Scotland feeling giddy

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Colin Hendry will miss Scotland's World Cup qualifier against Belarus on Saturday. The Blackburn Rovers centre-half saw a leading neurologist yesterday after a clash of heads at the weekend left him unconscious.

Hendry has heeded advice to rest for up to three weeks. He said: "I was instructed to rest and not to train or play. The surgeon said that if I was a boxer who had been knocked out, it would have been a mandatory six-week break."

Hendry's club manager, Roy Hodgson, may find a replacement in the Norwegian centre-half Tore Pedersen. The defender was expected yesterday to finalise a pounds 750,000 move from the German side, St Pauli, after impressing Hodgson in a recent trial.

Blackburn's England Under-21 defender, Marlon Broomes, has signed a five-year contract with the club while his team-mate, the striker James Thomas, has joined the former Rovers manager, Ray Harford, on a month's loan at West Bromwich Albion.

Meanwhile, the Rovers goalkeeper John Filan has been told he will be out until the start of next season after breaking his right forearm in a collision with the Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Wayne Collins last week.

The Bolton defender Robbie Elliott also may not play again this season after he suffered a double fracture of his right leg during Monday night's Premiership draw with Everton.

Peterborough and Portsmouth have been called before the Football Association after the brawl that broke out in their Coca-Cola Cup game last month. Players from both sides became involved in the confrontation towards the end of the 2-2 first-round, first-leg draw at London Road on 12 August. Both clubs have been charged with misconduct.

The Plymouth chairman, Dan McCauley, has again declared the Second Division club is for sale. McCauley, who put Argyle on the market for a short spell at the start of last season, is hoping to recoup somewhere near the pounds 3m he has invested in the club.

Rangers are attempting to lure the West Ham defender Marc Rieper to Ibrox. The Scottish side, without long-term injury victims Alan McLaren and Lorenzo Amoruso, have made enquiries about the Danish international, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

The England midfielder Steve Stone will be out of football for at least another month following a hernia operation. The 26-year-old Nottingham Forest player has just returned to first-team action following an 11 month lay-off because of a serious knee injury.

Wolves, who have four central defenders on their long-term injury list, have signed Simon Coleman from Bolton on a month's loan while Southampton have taken the Birmingham winger Jason Bowen, also for one month.