Sporting Digest: Football

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The Leicester City manager, Martin O'Neill, yesterday signed the Oxford defender Phil Gilchrist for pounds 500,000 to bolster his defence following the groin injury to Steve Walsh, which he suffered against Arsenal on Saturday and is expected to keep him out of action for a month.

The Premier League are to question Tottenham after they broke strict rules on showing video replays in the 3-1 defeat of Newcastle on Monday night. Spurs replayed a controversial incident in which the ball appeared to hit Newcastle's Alain Goma on the arm but no penalty was awarded.

Ian Nolan, the Sheffield Wednesday defender, is back in the Northern Ireland squad for next Wednesday's friendly against France at Windsor Park after an absence of nearly two years because of a broken leg.

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