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Kane needs rest
Antonio Conte has revealed Tottenham striker Harry Kane is "really, really tired" less than two weeks before the World Cup starts.
England skipper Kane played 59 minutes of Spurs 2-0 Carabao Cup third round defeat to Nottingham Forest last night.
And his club boss explained that the Three Lions talisman, 29, was forced to stop mid-training on Tuesday as he struggled with fatigue.
Conte said: "It was a problem of tiredness. Really, really tired and yesterday we had a soft training session and at one point he stopped himself to recover energy.
"But he’s okay, it’s only fatigue but it’s normal because Harry played every game. When you have a player like him it’s difficult to decide you don’t play with him.
"Other players maybe they could tell me, 'I’m tired and don’t want to play and help the team'. I have a group of players who are men and good players because of this.
"Another could be selfish and think for himself because in one week they have to play the World Cup. Instead, Harry Kane showed to be a really good man.
"Today would have been really difficult if Kane told me, 'Maybe it’s better I don’t start today because I risk a lot to have an injury'.
"But I repeat, it’s normal what’s happening in this period."
Kane will line up again on Saturday as Spurs face Leeds in their final Premier league game before the World Cup.
Arteta eyes January moves
Mikel Arteta is eyeing the January transfer window after Arsenal’s lack of depth was laid bare in the 3-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Brighton.
A much-changed Gunners outfit were comfortably seen off by Roberto De Zerbi’s Seagulls at the Emirates.
Arteta admitted his group are short but said it would be impossible to plan the January window with the World Cup yet to happen.
The Spaniard said: "That's the squad that we have. We have to utilise in the best possible way and today we came short, especially because we didn't do what we have to do in both boxes to win a football match. We paid that price.
"It's the same squad as when we win. I said from day one that we have a short squad because at the end we left some players. It's what we have.
"We know as well that we have certain injuries, and the squad is very, very short. We have tried to manage that in the best possible situation. It’s the same when we win a football match so no excuses.
Arteta added: "That's a window that is open and we'll have to discuss the opportunities that we have, the capacity that we have for any changes and be on the market for opportunities because we don't know what's going to happen the last game before the World Cup."
Wigan sack Richardson
Wigan have sacked boss Leam Richardson just 16 days after handing him a new three-year deal at the club.
The Latics have wielded the axe after a run of seven games without a win saw them drop to 23rd in the Championship following their League One title success last term.
Despite labelling him one of "the most significant managers" in their 90-year history after guiding a club with untold number of off-field issues to glory, Wigan’s latest owners have shown little patience.
A statement said: "Having looked at the recent run of form that is challenging the team’s status as a Championship club, the board have made the decision to make a change.
"The club would like to place on record it’s thanks to Leam for his efforts and dedication throughout his time at the football club, none more so than during the period of administration and his instinctive reaction that helped save the life of Charlie Wyke.
"A much-loved individual and someone who Latics fans will always hold in very high regard, Leam will always be welcomed back at the DW."
Assistant Rob Kelly will take charge of Wigan's last game before the World Cup against Blackpool on Saturday.
Experienced Lionesses duo ruled out
England’s list of absentees has grown with both Lucy Bronze and Alex Greenwood to miss Friday’s clash with Japan.
Sarina Wiegman is already without skipper Leah Williamson, Fran Kirby and Lauren Hemp for the match as World Cup 2023 preparations continue.
Bronze, 31, has contracted Covid and is isolating, while Greenwood will miss the game with a slight knock picked up playing for Manchester City.
Both hope to be back for the game with Norway next week and Lionesses boss Wiegman is seeing it as an opportunity to see fresh faces on the pitch.
She said: "It's not the World Cup yet. It's still preparation and it's good to see other players too.
"It gives the opportunity to other players to play and to be part of the team, and for us the opportunity to see where they are at and how they compete with the players who have been in the team for a long time.
"Some players are knocking on the door.
"It gives us lots of information, these two games — where players are at, players who haven't played that much yet or haven't been with the squad, which is good ahead of the World Cup."
Justin out for the season
Leicester defender James Justin has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles’ tendon.
The Foxes full-back struck a wonderful goal on Tuesday night in the 3-0 win over Newport on Tuesday before being taken off on a stretcher.
And after an ACL injury kept him out for nearly a year in March 2021, disaster has struck once again for the 24-year-old.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers said: "Sadly, he’ll have an operation tonight. He’s ruptured his Achilles. It’s a huge disappointment to us all after coming back from another injury.
“He probably would have been close to Gareth [Southgate’s] plans [for England]. We were all hugely disappointed for him after the game.
"It’s two players we’ve lost to that. He’ll have his operation this evening and that will probably put him out for most of the season.
“We’ll see how he recovers and hopefully he can get back fitter and stronger."