Friday Kickoff: Defoe out three months, Queiroz fired, and more

Friday Kickoff: Defoe out three months, Queiroz fired, and more

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Friday Kickoff: Defoe out three months, Queiroz fired, and more


Just when you thought things couldn't get worse for Tottenham after Michael Dawson's recent injury, now comes word that striker Jermain Defoe is set to miss three months with torn ankle ligaments.

Defoe suffered the injury during England's recent win against Switzerland, the same match that saw fellow Tottenham star sidelined with multiple leg injuries.

The injury will force Defoe to miss Tottenham's Champions League group stage matches, as well as England's next European qualifiers.

Here are some other stories to get your Friday going:

Portugal fires Queiroz

Portugal have fired manager Carlos Queiroz, who is still serving a six-month ban for verbally assaulting FIFA anti-doping officials during a surprise visit to the Portugese training camp in May.

It's a move most experts expected after Portugal's qualification campaign for Euro 2012 got off to an abysmal start with a draw to Cyprus and a loss to Norway. The Telegraph is reporting that Sporting Lisbon coach Paulo Bento is the frontrunner to replace Queiroz.

Gyan Forgives Suarez for World Cup Handball

Luis Suarez's goal-line handball salvaged Uruguay's World Cup campaign at the expense of Asamoah Gyan and the Black Stars of Ghana. The incident sparked a world-wide debate about the legitimacy of intentionally handling the ball to prevent a goal.

But Gyan, who missed the vital penalty, has apparently forgiven Suarez.

"I've forgiven him, it's part of the game," Gyan said. "As I always say, if it was me, I would have done the same thing. In the last minute, if you're going out, he made himself a hero in his country. It was cheating to handle the ball but I would have done the same."

France uphold Evra's ban

The France Football Federation has refused to reduce Patrice Evra's five-match ban for his role as captain in France's infamous player strike in South Africa.

Evra appeared in front of the FFF yesterday for nearly three hours but the defender will still not be able to play for France again until February against Brazil.

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