Seaman breaks ankle in China

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David Seaman, the Arsenal goalkeeper, is out of the England squad for next month's Umbro Cup tournament after breaking his right ankle during his team's 2-1 defeat by Guo An in the first game of their three-match tour of China.

Underlining Seaman's season of mixed fortunes, it was a bizarre incident that led to his injury, which is likely to keep him out of action for two months. He was dribbling the ball out of his area when he slipped on a divot, giving the ball to Lu Jun, who lobbed the ball into the empty net while Seaman lay in agony.

To add to Arsenal's misery, Stefan Schwarz was sent off for a second bookable offence, while Ian Wright pulled a thigh muscle after just 20 minutes.

Blackburn, the League champions, have not given up hope of signing Warren Barton, the Wimbledon full-back, despite Newcastle tabling a pounds 4.1m bid. The outcome will be decided when Wimbledon return from their end-of-season break in Cyprus.

Stan Collymore will keep the Nottingham Forest manager, Frank Clark, in suspense about his plans for another fortnight. The striker was expected to tell Clark yesterday whether he would be signing a lucrative new deal, but Clark said: "I'm not now expecting a decision from Stan until we come back from Singapore and Australia."

Tony Yeboah is also playing the waiting game, delaying a decision on his long-term future at Leeds until next week. Yeboah could exercise a get-out clause in his contract and return to Germany with Eintracht Frankfurt, but Leeds want him to stay at Elland Road for a full three years.

Glenn Hoddle has insisted that the England midfielder, Dennis Wise, is staying at Chelsea, calling reports that he is to be sold to Liverpool "utter rubbish".

Alex Ferguson yesterday refused Manchester City permission to speak to his assistant manager, Brian Kidd, who has emerged as favourite to replace Brian Horton. Meanwhile, the Sheffield United manager, Dave Bassett, who has also been linked with the Maine Road vacancy, is considering the offer of an improved contract at Bramall Lane.

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