The Israeli FA have insisted Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun did suffer an injury while with the national side, but that he arrived with the tendon already torn, according to Football News.
A spokesman for the IFA said: “When Yossi Benayoun came to Israel he didn’t practise with us, even for a single second. He came with pain in his Achilles tendon and with a diagnosis from Chelsea that it was only a small tear. We’re sorry that he is injured because Yossi is so important for us, as he is for Chelsea, but we’re not to blame for the injury.”
The injury has ensured the £5.5m former Liverpool midfielder will miss around 6 months of action.
Blues alerted by Rooney exit talk.
Mirror Football reports that Chelsea look set to launch arguably their most ambitious transfer market swoop before long – for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. The 24-year-old is unsettled at Old Trafford following a reported bust-up with manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and his contract is due to expire within 18 months.
The news of the rift has alerted several of Europe’s top clubs including Real Madrid and Barcelona – and the odds of the Scot accepting an offer for one of his star players from a rival club are considered slim to none. Bookmaker Stan James, however, cites Man City as favourites to land the England star should he depart Old Trafford (7/1), with Chelsea listed at 20/1.
Essien unsure of coaching.
Midfielder Michael Essien has revealed he is unsure as to whether he will move into coaching when he hangs up his boots. Ghanaian Essien, 27, says he is focused on winning silverware for the Blues for now. According to >Goal.com, he said: “I have many challenges to fulfil, like winning the Champions League and the World Cup. Becoming a manager? I don’t know, but football has been my life since I was a boy.”