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Sinton will take needle for chance to face former team.

Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Andy Sinton is determined to play against his former club Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, despite the shoulder injury which curtailed his FA Cup involvement against another of his old clubs.

The ex-England international was forced off ten minutes from the end of Tuesday's fourth round tie against Sheffield Wednesday, which Wolves lost on penalties.

But he is happy to have a cortisone injection if it helps him through 90 minutes on Saturday as the Molineux men revert their attentions to securing a First Division play-off place.

"Andy has had X-rays to make sure there is no bone damage," said manager Colin Lee.

"The ligament has been affected because his shoulder popped out when he fell awkwardly.

"But he wants to play on Saturday and is suggesting that with a cortisone injection he might be okay.

"As long as the injection is used in the correct way, it shouldn't cause any further damage.

"Andy is very sore but he seems pretty comfortable. It's a relief his injury was not more serious."

Striker Michael Branch, who missed a penalty as Wolves went out, has now become a full-fledged Molineux player, his pounds 500,000 transfer from Everton having been completed after an eight-week loan spell.

Wolves' Cup exit means their Black Country derby against Walsall will now go ahead as scheduled on Saturday week, and their neighbours certainly have no complaints on that score.

Had the Molineux men gone though, the Saddlers would have been without a fixture that day, which is the last thing manager Ray Graydon wanted.

"No team like being without a game, and we are no exception," he said. "We would much rather be playing, particularly as things are going well for us at the moment. The last thing we want is to be taking a break."

Back-to-back league wins over Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United have lifted Walsall out of the First Division relegation zone, and they will be looking for three more points at Crewe on Saturday.

Their only drawback for the visit of Wolves is that central defender Adrian Viveash will be missing through suspension, although Graydon has a ready-made replacement in Tony Barras.

Tickets for the derby went on sale yesterday, with Walsall expecting a full house. To ensure that only Walsall fans get tickets for home areas, anyone buying for those areas will be required to purchase a ticket for another Saddlers home match.

Coventry City have strongly denied rumours that they are considering selling teenage striking star Robbie Keane to Italian giants Inter Milan for pounds 10 million.

Reports from Italy suggest the Milan club have first refusal on the former Wolves player if ever the Sky Blues decide to sell the man who cost them pounds 6 million less than five months ago.

But Highfield Road chairman Bryan Richardson said: "We have had no contact with Inter Milan, and Robbie Keane is not for sale.

"There is no clause in his contract which gives any club first option to talk to him.

"We have no need to sell him - we are trying to build a team, not dismember it."
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Title Annotation:Football
Author:Bishop, Rob
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jan 20, 2000
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