Paddy Power

Morning Update: Carroll, Mario, Murray, Buick

by Sean Goff | September 5, 2012

Football

Manchester City’s crocked striker Sergio Aguero could be on a collision course with Roberto Mancini after indicating he wants to play for Argentina against Peru next Tuesday according to the Sun.

Aguero was injured in the opening game of the season against Southampton but Mancini gave him permission to travel to Argentina but warned it would be “madness” if he played.

The City boss has also reportedly ordered Mario Ballotelli to see a shrink – to help him stop smoking according to the Daily Star. Why else would Marion need professional help?

Andy Carroll faces six weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury after his first match on loan with West Ham.  The former Liverpool striker’s exit from Anfield on deadline day looked a good move as the Sun reveals his time at Anfield would have been spent on the bench – at best.

Michael Owen should be cleared to have Stoke City’s medical team working overtime after agreeing a one year deal with the Potters.   The former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United striker will reportedly earn £30k a week plus bonuses for appearances and goals. Owen scored five time s for United in two years and made just six Premier League appearances in three seasons.

United meanwhile made a last-gasp club transfer £38m bid for Brazilian Neymar (19) on transfer deadline day. The former Sao Paulo winger opted for Marseilles instead.

Darren Fletcher has been included in the Red Devils 25 man squad for the Champions League despite not having played since last November due to  a career-threatening bowel illness.

Tennis

Andy Murray is back in action at Flushing Meadows later today when he takes on Croatian Marin Cilic. The Olympic champion contest his 14th Grand Slam quarter-final but has yet to reach the Holy Grail of winning one outright.

Wimbledon champion Roger Federer faces Tomas Berdych later on and Paddy Power  will refund match betting on the losing player  if the final set is won on a tie-break.

Racing

William Buick faces a race against time to ride in the Sprint Cup at Haydock and Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday. John Gosden’s stable jockey will partner Aussie sprint star Ortensia at the Lancashire Course before hopping on a helicopter across the Irish Sea to ride Nathaniel at Leopardstown as he chases a Group One double.

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