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DERBY goalkeeper Mart Poom is expected to turn up for pre-season training today after fears he had injured his penis in a charity match against rock band Iron Maiden!

Poom lined up as a guest star in the match involving the ageing heavy metal rockers at the weekend, in a match staged to raise money for under-privileged children.

The Estonian international keeper was playing as a striker for his former club Talinn FC Flora when he suffered the bizarre injury in a collision with the opposition goalie as he headed in a goal.

By chance Estonian national team doctor Gunnar Mannik was among the spectators and sparked concerns that Poom's injuries could threaten his pre-season preparations when he claimed: "Mart is not OK at all. He has injury problems, both in the head and near the penis.

"He suffered a fracture of the bone around his eye. He also has contusion of the brain. This takes two weeks to recover from, but when he is able to play, he must be very careful not to be hit. He also has bruising around the penis."

But a Derby spokesman vigorously denied the reports that Poom was seriously injured and said last night: "We spoke to Mart on Monday and as far as we are concerned he is fit and ready to turn up for pre-season training which starts this week with the rest of the lads. He did have a slight cheek injury following a collision in a match he played in at the weekend and he was examined by a doctor who was at the match.

"But he was taken to hospital afterwards where he was passed fit."

Derby have agreed to sell Danish striker Mikkel Beck to Lille for pounds 500,000. Beck, 27, has agreed a contract with the newly-promoted French side, ending an unhappy spell at Pride Park.

Beck, who played twice in the Danes dismal Euro 2000 finals campaign, joined the Rams from Middlesbrough 16 months ago. He soon fell out of favour with boss Jim Smith, and was sent out on loan to Nottingham Forest and QPR.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Lewis, Darren
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 5, 2000
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