It was tough, says Villa's Sidwell, but I'm ready for my season now

The Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell has started on the comeback trail after missing the opening five games of the campaign.

Sidwell returning to fitness for Aston Villa

Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell has started on the comeback trail after missing the opening five games of the campaign.

Hughes on verge of Fulham appointment

Mark Hughes is poised for a return to management in the Barclays Premier League with Fulham.

Mancini closes in on £30m reunion with Inter's Balotelli

Manager confident of signing Italian as City prepare final £24m bid for Milner

Fulham reel in Jol with £20m of spending money

Former Spurs manager to make Robbie Keane his first target as he finalises deal at Craven Cottage

O'Neill uses Bale's turnaround at Spurs to inspire fringe players

Martin O'Neill has urged Aston Villa's out-of-favour players to take heart from the example of Tottenham full-back Gareth Bale.

Delph out for eight months for Aston Villa

Aston Villa's Fabian Delph has been ruled out for up to eight months after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

Petrov says Milner will be star of World Cup

Stiliyan Petrov believes Aston Villa midfielder James Milner will be a "star of the World Cup" with England if he maintains his current form.

Carew keeps Villa on course but Wolves look up for fight

Aston Villa 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2

Milner secures Villa victory

Wigan Athletic 1 Aston Villa 2

Ferguson appreciates FA Cup break

Sir Alex Ferguson does not understand why it has taken Manchester United getting knocked out of the FA Cup to have a proper preparation for next week's Champions League encounter with AC Milan.

Ferguson: Giggs could return in time to face Milan

Sir Alex Ferguson said last night that Ryan Giggs might be ready to play in the second leg of the Champions League tie against Milan at Old Trafford next month despite fracturing his arm at Aston Villa on Wednesday night.

Giggs ruled out for a month

Ryan Giggs will be out of action for four weeks after fracturing his right arm in Manchester United's Barclays Premier League game at Aston Villa last night.

Birmingham close to completing Gardner switch

Birmingham are close to completing a deal for Aston Villa midfielder Craig Gardner, according to Blues vice-chairman Peter Pannu.

O'Neill warns of Liverpool revival

Martin O'Neill believes Liverpool are capable of repeating the feat of Arsenal last season and rescuing a Champions League spot via a long unbeaten run during the second half of the campaign.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
Lake Como St Moritz & the Bernina Express 7 nights from £809pp
Vietnam
Lake Maggiore, Orta & the Matterhorn 7 nights from £939pp
South Africa
Spain
Prices correct as of 19 December 2014
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there