Wayne Bridge Forced To Sit Out

An ankle injury has forced Wayne Bridge on only making a few limited numbers of appearances in this recently concluded season for Reading. This physical problem has already made him miss out from a series of matches back when he played with Manchester City, West Ham and Sunderland.

Bridge underwent a surgery in November for which he was hoping that it could help him avoid picking up any more injuries but things have not gone the way that he predicted it.

“After an operation on my knee in November 2013, I’ve been struggling to train and play without constant pain. I’ve been advised by my specialist that my knee needs medium to long-term rest. On this advice, and following discussions with close friends and family, I’ve made the reluctant decision to retire.

“Representing my country was my proudest moment. I’ve had a great career and I look forward to my next chapter.” Bridge said.

Bridge continued on picking up injuries throughout his career despite having completed his recovery from the surgery he sustained and ultimately, he decided to hang up his boots and retire from football.

Bridge’s retirement was announced by his management company Icon Sports, which stated on Twitter: “Wayne Bridge has announced his retirement from football in a career in which he managed to win a Premier League Cup, FA Cup, league cup and earned 36 England Caps. From all at Icon, we wish him very happy retirement.’’

Reading will also see Kaspars Gorkss and Mijele Leigertwood leaving the club as their contracts are close to expiring and there are no intentions

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Reading have been given a boost with the news that Wayne Bridge has returned to first team action after a spell on the sidelines, but manager Nigel Adkins confirmed that the player is still not 100% fit enough to play the full 90 minutes.

Hence, he will be managing the 33-year-old over the remaining games of the season in order to get the best out of him. The former Chelsea and Manchester City defender will provide Reading with a vast amount of experience in the last four matches of the season, as the club target a play-off place.

They currently occupy the final play-off place, but it is under threat from the likes of Brighton and Hove Albion and Ipswich Town. All these clubs are level on points and Reading could very well slip out at the last moment.

However, the presence of experienced players like Bridge, who have played at the very top level including international matches, could be the difference. Bridge had to undergo a knee surgery back in November in order to rectify a problem. He is just returning to fitness. Reading will be looking to regain the lost momentum after the team has managed just one win in the last five matches.

“Wayne is going to travel with us. He’s not at a position to play a 90-minute game of football and that’s something we’re going to have to manage from now through to the end of the season. But he’s such an experienced, talented player that it’s important we can get him involved in some description. We’ve got a talented player that we want to, if we can, have available now as much as possible. Moving forward he can be a very progressive, attack-minded left sided player,” said the Reading manager, who will be hoping for a return to the top flight once again.

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Manchester City rampaged through their rivals Manchester United with a match that could potentially decide which club is going to be crowned champions of the Premier League of the current season.

Manchester United lost the chance of grabbing hold the Premier League title a few months ago but Manuel Pellegrini and his squad are in the battle for it along with Liverpool and Chelsea as those are the true contenders for the silverware this time around.

The match was won rather comfortably by Manchester City with the Bosnian forward Edin Dzeko scoring twice and Yaya Toure also managing to score which is a huge boost for the entire club as they continue adding points and making their stake for the trophy.

Kompany is well aware of what the victory represents for the club and his teammates but he has warned them that there still is work left to do.

“It’s just one little step beating United. The other teams are still very good.

“I mean, games have to be played. As long as we don’t have the points, I don’t consider ourselves there yet. With the game against Arsenal; obviously it’s good in a way because you don’t have to make a big effort to get the lads focused again.” Kompany revealed.

Manuel Pellegrini expressed his delight after the match was over as he said that he is satisfied with the performances displayed by the players of his club.

“I think that we did a really good performance. We scored three goals; we had three or four more clear chances to score. I don’t remember a clear chance United had. We were a compact team, an aggressive team from the beginning.

“For me, it’s very important to keep our clean sheet. We know we can score a lot of goals but today we were very compact as a team. Pellegrini stated.

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Manuel Pellegrini was awarded once more with the Barclays Manager of the Month award after managing to secure 4 consecutive Premier League triumphs with Manchester City during the month of January.

The last manager that accomplished the feat of winning the award on consecutive instances was Carlo Ancelotti back in 2011 when the Italian coach was dictating the playing style of Chelsea and now Pellegrini has achieved the same accomplishment but with Manchester City.

Tottenham, Cardiff City, Newcastle United and Swansea City were the victims of Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City as they all suffered from losses and could do little to stop the star studded team of Pellegrini from scoring a total of 14 goals against the 4 teams.

Manchester City’s home turf of the Etihad Stadium is set to increase the capacity of the seats from their current 47,620 to 62,170. The blueprint has already been submitted to the council’s planning commission and now a report has suggested that the expansion should be approved.

If everything goes as planned, the home stadium of Manchester City will have more capacity and space than Arsenal’s and Sunderland’s but they will still be falling behind Manchester United’s stadium that has 75,731 seats available for their fans at Old Trafford.

The report that has made the suggestion of increasing the amount of seats of the stadium stated that it would not only be beneficial for the fans of the club but for many other people as it will increase the amount of local jobs as well as the continued regeneration of the East Manchester area.

“The expansion of the stadium will provide enhanced facilities which will help to create a stadium of national and international profile and improve the visitor experience. The proposal will create job opportunities, some of which will be available for local residents and business, during the construction and operation of the expanded stadium.”

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This has been a very interesting season for John Obi Mikel. Before the start of the season, there were rumours everywhere that he would be on his way away from Chelsea.

A few clubs even placed a bid for him, but, none of those deals finalized. The 26 years old midfielder eventually stayed in London.

However, he was supposed to be out of favour at the club. It was believed that the new boss Jose Mourinho was not happy with his development and thus, he was not going to give him the opportunity to play that often during the season. Exactly the same thing happened for the first couple of months. Mikel made substitute appearances once in a while, but, mostly, he was warming the bench.

Towards the end of the last year, things started falling in place a little bit for him though. Being impressed with his brief substitute outings, the manager decided to give him a go in the starting line up too and the Nigerian player lived up to it. He put up solid performances starting the games and looked like going up the pecking order slowly.

But, now, it seems that his fortunes are changing again, especially if you look at the football betting at William Hill online.

A new, talented midfielder in the form of Nemanja Matic has landed at Stamford Bridge and he is expected to be given the starting opportunities right from the word go. It means Mikel would fall down the pecking order and he would certainly not like that.

Mikel had burst onto the scene through his performances at the international arena, but, he has failed to perform that way at the club level.

He is certainly not as innovative as some of the other playmakers around, but, the thing which makes him impressive is his expertise in passing. He is a brilliant passer.

Mikel has so far played 197 Premier league matches for Chelsea.

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With just about every team not only in the Premier League but in the rest of the European leagues getting ready to make offers for potential new arrivals and signings for their respective clubs, West Ham United has a few targets of their own.

The head coach of West Ham United, Sam Allardyce has already made signs of being in search of a few players that can strengthen the squad as they are sitting on the last few spots of the Premier League and some fresh legs might help them escape from the drop zone.

Asamoah Gyan has been linked with a potential loan move to West Ham United but the player of Al Ain said that his club has the final say and voice on whether or not a transfer is made.

Gyan was speaking to Ghanasoccernet.com and said: “West Ham have made an offer for me, but it is up to Al Ain to make a decision. I have a contract with them. So I will remain focused on my work.”

The 33 years old Ghanaian forward has already scored 64 goals in just 49 appearances for the club he joined some years ago, his impact is not only being noticed by Al Ain but other clubs as well as with West Ham United who are keeping close tabs on the player.

Other players that are on the wish list of Sam Allardyce are Diego Forlan, Diego Milito, Jermain Defoe and the latest player that joined the list is Ishak Belfodil of Inter Milan.

Ishak already stated his dissatisfaction on being on a club where his chances on making the starting lineup of the coach is very limited and restricted which is why West Ham United can use this opportunity on signing him up and securing his services.

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The manager of Reading FC, Nigel Adkins, has lauded the forward of his team Pavel Pogrebnyak for putting up a great performance in the game against Doncaster Rovers yesterday. Reading won that game by a huge margin of 4-1.

Pogrebnyak looked in supreme nick against Doncaster. He made quite a few good moves and eventually found the net with a thunderous strike in the last minute of the injury time to extend Reading’s lead to 4-1.

The Russian striker hasn’t been a regular starter for Reading so far in this season, but, after the way he played yesterday, he might find himself in the starting line up in the next few games too.

After the game against Doncaster, when Adkins was asked about Pogrebnyak, he said, “Pavel ended the game for us in a grand manner. It was great to see him playing that way.”

“He has been putting in a lot of effort in training sessions and he is getting the reward for that now. He was just awesome in today’s game.”

“Our start was terrific. We didn’t allow them to settle down at all. However, towards the end, I felt that our intensity came down just a little bit, but, we got 3 points and that’s what we were playing for.”

Reading took the lead pretty early in the game with the goal of Danny Guthrie, but, they couldn’t remain ahead for a long period of time. Doncaster bounced back with Theo Robinson’s leveller.

The hosts got ahead again though when Adam Le Fondre found the net just before the completion of the first half.

In the second half, a couple of more goals came for the Royals and they managed to secure their 6th win in the ongoing Championship.

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Reading manager Nigel Adkins has revealed that he will not be interested in bringing players just for the sake of strengthening the squad. This action has resulted in many clubs suffering severe financial problems over the years, and Adkins does not want the same fate to fall on Reading.

The club was recently relegated from the Premier league, and they are one of the favourites to get promoted into the top division from the Championship this season. This is due to the significant amount of money they will get in the form of parachute payments, which will continue for the next three years.

Reading, though, have had a busy transfer window so far, as they have brought in the likes of Danny Williams and Wayne Bridge. However, the club had been linked with names like Charlie Austin and Gary Hooper only to see them sign for other clubs. If they had come to Madejski Stadium, then they would have cost in excess of £ 7 million combined. Even though manager Adkins has admitted that there is still work that needs to be done in the transfer window, he is not prepared to bring in players if the fee is not right.

The club will be hosting play-off finalists from last season – Watford – at home in the first match of the season.

“Conversations have been going on. We’re talking about different things, but we want to do things privately. I’d like to think we will bring some more players in. I want a strong squad. Every player that’s in Europe, we would have seen and made an assessment on. Then it’s a question of, is that player available and can we afford that player? We’re looking for next year as well. You have to look in advance of where you are,” said Adkins.

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Wayne Bridge has been signed by the Championship club Reading FC. He is the first player to be signed by Reading FC this summer. The English left back has joined the Royals camp on a contract of 1 year.

Bridge’s former club Manchester City released him at the end of the last season.

Queens Park Rangers and Brighton & Hove Albion were also interested in signing Bridge, but, Bridge rejected their offers and opted to join Reading.

Bridge had played for Brighton on loan in the last season. He was quite consistent for them throughout the season. He featured for them in a total of 37 matches and found the back of the net 3 times.

Because of Bridge’s consistent performance in the last season, Brighton wanted to sign him on a permanent basis. But, they didn’t succeed in that.

Talking to the reporters after signing for Reading FC, Bridge said, “I am glad to be a part of Reading FC. I talked to Nigel Adkins yesterday and he told me that his main target is to earn promotion in the next season. I felt good after that conversation. He seemed to be quite positive about things.”

“Reading is quite a decent side on paper and if we live up to our potential, there is no reason why we can’t get promoted to the Premier League.”

The director of football at Reading FC, Nick Hammond, has also expressed his happiness over the signing of Bridge. Hammond said, “After the exit of Nicky Shorey and Ian Harte, we were looking for a left back. Wayne was on our radar as he had a great season with Brighton. I am happy that we managed to secure his services. He is a fine addition to the side.”

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The Brighton manager Gus Poyet has seen his team go through a sticky patch a few months ago, as they were in real danger of missing out on the play-offs position. However, recent improvement in form has meant that they have climbed back into the top six of the table.

One of the main reasons for their recent form has been the striker Leonardo Ulloa, who scored a hat-trick in the recent match against Huddersfield Town. Ulloa arrived at the club in January and has already scored five goals in just seven matches. The manager Poyet has said that he is extremely delighted for the 26-year-old, who is on top form.

Poyet has said that it is difficult for any player coming to the English football to adapt immediately, and it is especially hard for the South Americans. The Argentine striker has also arrived in the middle of the season, which is even more difficult. The 26-year-old was signed for around £ 2 million from Spanish club Almeria, who are currently playing in the second division. Ulloa’s hat-trick for the club is also the first that has been seen at the Amex Stadium. Poyet has also praised his movement, heading abilities, and the ability to link up with others.

“I am delighted for him because the fitness side has been difficult for him. It is difficult for any player to come to England in the middle of the season and get the pace of the game. For a striker to score three so early in his career in England is fantastic. We need to make sure we keep him there. With him scoring goals, it’s easier. The fans now know why he is here,” said the Brighton manager. The club’s last defeat was almost a month ago against Sheffield United.

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