Sporting Digest: Football

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OLDHAM ATHLETIC are giving a trial to Orfeo Keizersweerd, 24, a Dutch-born striker who plays for the French Second Division side, Rodez.

MANCHESTER CITY are not to re-erect fences for their Saturday derby against United. The match is to be screened at Old Trafford before a 10,000 audience.

JOHN BUCKLEY, who fractured his skull in a match last weekend, came out of a coma yesterday and was taken off a life-support machine. The 30- year-old winger with Second Division Rotherham United was able to move his arm and leg in response to commands from doctors at Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital, although he was still heavily sedated.

ZIMBABWE and Egypt will replay a World Cup qualifying match in Lyon, France, on Thursday 15 April, Fifa has ordered. The Liverpool and Zimbabwe goalkeeper, Bruce Grobbelaar, needed a brain scan after he was struck by a lump of concrete when Egypt beat Zimbabwe 2-1 in Cairo in February. Egypt need to win the replayed game to reach the final stages of the African qualifiers, Zimbabwe need a draw.

LIBERTADORES CUP (Tuesday): Group Three (Montevideo): Bella Vista (Urug) 2 Barcelona (Ecu) 1. Group Four (Porto Alegre): Internacional (Bra) 0 Atletico Nacional (Col) 1. Group Five (Buenos Aires): River Plate (Arg) 1 Cerro Porteno (Par) 1.

TRANSFER: Martin James, winger, Preston to Stockport, pounds 50,000.

WALES SQUAD (v Belgium, World Cup Group Four, Cardiff Arms Park, 31 March): Southall (Everton), Roberts (Queen's Park Rangers); Phillips, Bowen (both Norwich), Bodin (Swindon), Aizlewood (Bristol City), Young (Crystal Palace), Ratcliffe (Cardiff), Speed (Leeds), Horne (Everton), Pembridge (Derby), Saunders (Aston Villa), Symons (Portsmouth), Rush (Liverpool), Giggs, Hughes (both Manchester United).

WALES UNDER-21 SQUAD (v Belgium, European Under-21 Championship Group Four, Ninian Park, Cardiff, 31 March): Margetson (Manchester City); D Coyne (Tranmere), Neilson (Newcastle), McCarthy, Ready (both Queen's Park Rangers), Searle, Blake (both Cardiff), Davies (Hereford), Bowen, Chapple, Jenkins (all Swansea), Owen (Wrexham), Edwards (Bristol City), Nicholls (Leeds), Powell (Southampton), L Jones (Liverpool).

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