Tottenham line-up v Manchester United: Defender’s time running out?

first_img Tottenham Hotspur defender Federico Fazio Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino faces a couple of tough choices in defence as in-form Manchester United rock up to White Hart Lane on Sunday.Centre-back Federico Fazio’s form is extremely inconsistent alongside Jan Vertonghen and with Leonardo Ulloa beating him for Leicester City’s goal in Spurs’ 2-1 Boxing Day victory, his time could soon be up.Danny Rose, who came in for Ben Davies at left-back, may also find himself out of Pochettino’s starting XI following a mediocre display against the Foxes.Meanwhile, Ryan Mason could find himself back in the team after replacing Benjamin Stambouli at half time in Tottenham’s victory at the King Power Stadium.Here’s how Tottenham Hotspur could line up against Manchester United…GoalkeeperA clash with Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy left Hugo Lloris battered and bloodied on Boxing Day but the Frenchman is made of strong stuff and will start between the sticks for the 19th time in the Premier League.DefendersIn recent weeks the form of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen has seen Spurs bailed out of some tricky situations and, having only kept one clean sheet in 11 games, Pochettino could see fit to make a change to his backline.Fazio appears, at times, a mistake waiting to happen and against Man United’s fearsome forward line could come unstuck in spectacular fashion, so recall for Younes Kaboul would not be a massive surprise.Davies could also return having looked impressive in recent matches before being deposed by Rose for their win over Leicester. Kyle Walker, who scored against Man United back in 2013 and Vertonghen should continue in the back four.MidfieldersTottenham finally seem to have found their rhythm in forward areas so the triumvirate of Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli are likely to continue their good work against the Red Devils.In Pochettino’s holding pair there could be a change with Mason returning in place of Stambouli, although the Frenchman could still start if Nabil Bentaleb is given a rest by his boss.ForwardsHarry Kane’s blistering run of form continued as he hit his fourth goal in four games against Leicester City and this is likely to be enough for him to start ahead of Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor. 1last_img read more

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BISHOP BOYCE: DIOCESE AUDITED BY CHILD PROTECTION WATCHDOG

first_imgTHE CATHOLIC Bishop of Raphoe, Dr Philip Boyce, has confirmed that his is one of the dioceses audited by the church’s child protection watchdog.It is known that the National Board for Safeguarding Children, whose chief executive is Ian Elliot, has completed such audits in three of the 26 Catholic dioceses in Ireland and is expected to have finalised audits on three more by the end of this month. No details of any can be released without the permission of the relevant bishop.In a letter to The Irish Times today, Bishop Boyce says: “I have fully co-operated with the recent audit by the Health Service Executive and the audit review by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.” He continues: “All allegations of abuse are reported to the statutory authorities. A diocesan child protection committee was set up in June 2006.”In addition, “there are two specially trained people who, in turn, have trained church personnel, both clerics and laity, in child-protection policies and procedures. All 33 parishes have two or more child protection representatives who, in turn, train at local level all church personnel who are involved in activities with children.”THIS IS THE FULL LETTER TO TODAY’S IRISH TIMES:A chara, – I refer to the article by Mary Raftery published in The Irish Times (Opinion Analysis, July 14th), where it is stated that there has been a mismanagement of child safeguarding allegations in the diocese of Raphoe “with persistent allegations that there was knowledge of abuse at the highest levels which was not acted on”. I wish to challenge this unfounded statement. As bishop of Raphoe, I have fully co-operated with the recent audit by the Health Service Executive and the audit review by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church. The diocese takes the duty of safeguarding children very seriously. Reflecting church safeguarding policies, all allegations of abuse are reported to the statutory authorities. A diocesan child protection committee was set up in June 2006. Furthermore, there are two specially trained people who, in turn, have trained church personnel, both clerics and laity, in child protection policies and procedures. All 33 parishes have two or more child protection representatives, who in turn train at local level all church personnel who are involved in activities with children. An audit of good practice is carried out in each parish every year and forwarded to the National Board for Safeguarding Children. Vetting for those who work with children has also been put in place.I express my shock and deep disappointment with the findings of the Cloyne report. It enforces my commitment to continue working and co-operating with State bodies and church policies in creating and sustaining a safe environment for children. – Is mise, Bishop PHILIP BOYCE, OCDLetterkenny,Co Donegal. BISHOP BOYCE: DIOCESE AUDITED BY CHILD PROTECTION WATCHDOG was last modified: July 19th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bishop boycechild protectionwatchdoglast_img read more

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