City pauses e-scooter trial as riders mount pavements
Coventry has halted its e-scooter trial just five days after it started - despite more than 5,000 people using the service - as pedestrians complained of vehicles mounting pavements.Tees Valley Combined Authorities launched the Government-backed initiative to boost the number of e-scooters on Britain's roads, by starting with 50 vehicles in Middlesborough.
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In an interview with the Express and Star, Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has confirmed that he still wants to bring in a midfielder before the transfer window closes.
Having already spent upwards of £70 million this summer on the signings of Matty Cash, Ollie Watkins, Emiliano Martinez, and Bertrand Traore, some may have expected the spending to be over at Villa Park.
Middlesbrough confirm ex-Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has tested positive for coronavirus
The 71-year-old manager has now gone into a period of isolation following the positive test result . "The club can confirm that our manager Neil Warnock has returned a positive test for Covid-19 and will be spending a period in isolation in accordance with guidelines," Boro said in a statement. "Neil is in good spirits and we look forward to welcoming him back after his period in isolation." Warnock placed himself into isolation earlier this week after feeling unwell and left assistant Kevin Blackwell and first-team coach Ronnie Jepson in charge for the defeat by Barnsley in Tuesday night's Carabao Cup clash.
However, Smith has confirmed he still hopes to sign an additional midfielder before the window closes on October 5th.
Having been linked with Chelsea duo Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek recently, Smith said:
“Midfield is an area we’re looking at where we feel we lack numbers. There are many players who are speculated upon all the time and we are looking to add more to the squad.”
Not content with simply adding numbers, the boyhood Villa man wants to add worthwhile quality to his ranks too:
“We don’t want too many more because we don’t want to be stockpiling players but we want to add some quality where we can. It’s certainly an area we’re looking at.”
Having made an impressive start after narrowly avoiding relegation last season, Smith will be optimistic about the upcoming campaign with his new recruits and perhaps with even more to come.
Markets nervous ahead of new lockdown restrictions
The blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed the day down 42.87 points, or 0.7%, at 6,007.05.But the blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed the day down 42.87 points, or 0.7%, at 6,007.05 – with traders waiting to see the impact from increases in coronavirus cases.
Gallery: Will Castagne make his debut? Will Perez get the nod? Leicester's predicted XI for the West Brom clash (Read Sport)
Leicester City Predicted XI: West Brom (A)
The Premier League returns this weekend and Leicester City will begin their 2020/21 season with a trip to The Hawthorns to face newly promoted West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
The Foxes ended last season with a poor run of results which saw them drop out of the top four and miss out on Champions League qualification.
A fifth-place finish and a spot in this season’s Europa League would have been seen as a very successful season if you had asked any Leicester fan at the start of the campaign.
However, after being in such as strong position in third place for most of the season and with how poor Leicester’s form was post-lockdown, it may be hard for fans to see it as anything but a failure.
Injuries and suspensions to some of the side’s crucial players seemed to have played a big part in Leicester’s collapse at the end of the season, squad depth proved to be an issue for Brendan Rodgers. Something that still hasn’t been resolved with the new season on the doorstep.
City have only made one signing so far this summer, bringing in 24-year-old Timothy Castagne from Atalanta. While the Belgian is a versatile player, with the ability to play up and down both flanks, Rodgers will need more new arrivals to fix his depth problem, especially now Leicester also have to compete in Europe this year.
Some injuries and suspensions will carry over to the start of the new season, with likes of Jonny Evans, Ricardo Pereira and James Maddison all likely to be unavailable.
Here is how we think Leicester will line-up in their season opener:
Aston Villa eye up loan moves for Chelsea's Barkley and Loftus-Cheek
Aston Villa are interested in a potential loan deal for Chelsea's Ross Barkley or team-mate Ruben Loftus Cheek as they look to strengthen their midfield. Villa had asked about Tammy Abraham earlier.Villa had asked about Tammy Abraham earlier in the window but he didn't want to leave Stamford Bridge.
GK: Kasper Schmeichel
Schmeichel featured in all of Leicester’s Premier League matches last season and is sure to be between the sticks throughout this year as well.
RB: James Justin
With star right-back Ricardo out of action to begin the new season, it may mean we see a lot more of Justin. The young defender put in some good performances last season, even filling in at centre-back on multiple occasions.
CB: Wes Morgan
There is a very good chance that we see the Foxes’ captain start some games in the first few fixtures, even at the age of 36 coming into the season. With Jonny Evans suspended, Rodgers apparent lack of faith in Filip Benkovic and no new central defenders being brought in. Wilfred Ndidi also has a possibility of being used in defence.
LB: Luke Thomas
With Ben Chilwell’s departure, Timothy Castagne appears to be Rodgers replacement. This week may be too early for the Belgian to start, so Luke Thomas has a good chance of starting more Premier League games after the youngster showed signs of quality in his appearances last season.
DM: Wilfred Ndidi
If Ndidi doesn’t start in defence then we can certainly expect to see him in the midfield. The Nigerian is a vital part of the Leicester side and his incredible defensive abilities could be needed to shield an unconvincing back-line.
CM: Youri Tielemans
With Maddison possibly missing out on the start of the season, Leicester will need Tielemans at his best to create chances for the Foxes.
CM: Dennis Praet
Praet is the most likely candidate to fill in for Maddison and probably will be doing for the first couple of weeks.
RW: Ayoze Perez
The right-wing is a area that many feel Leicester will need to strengthen this window. Ayoze Perez was utilized there most of last season, but doesn’t seem to be a natural out wide, looking better when played in a more central position.
Bristol City 0-3 Aston Villa: Traore nets spectacular volley on debut
TOM COLLOMOSSE AT ASHTON GATE STADIUM: Bertrand Traore converted Jacob Ramsey's lofted pass with a first-time effort that flew into the top corner and put Villa two up in the 14th minute.The former Chelsea player, a £19million signing from Lyon earlier this month, converted Jacob Ramsey's lofted pass with a first-time effort that flew into the top corner and put Villa's second string two up in the 14th minute.
ST: Jamie Vardy
The Premier League golden boot winner showed he still has it at 33 years-old. He remains Leicester main man up front.
Premier League referees up in arms over controversial handball rule .
Premier League officials are just as angry as players and managers about the new handball law but feel powerless to change it due to instructions from referees chief Mike Riley. One source said that 'it's Riley's way or no way' when asked whether leading referees such as Mike Dean and Michael Oliver would be given a say on how to interpret the new law that has been introduced this season.Sportsmail knows of members of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited who do not like the new law and how it is interpreted.