Declan Laffan is expecting a titanic battle this weekend with Aherlow likely to press them hard.Loughmore-Castleiney versus Aherlow Gaels throws in at 1:30 in Boherlahan this Sunday, while the other semi between Cahir and Thomas MacDonaghs throws in at 2 in Templetuohy.You can hear live updates from both games on Tipp FM. Loughmore Castleiney and Aherlow Gaels get the County Senior Football semi-finals underway on Sunday afternoon.Loughmore manager Declan Laffan is expecting a closer game against Aherlow this weekend, than they got in last years final.Aherlow’s last title came in 2010, when they beat Loughmore by a point – but they gained revenge, beating Aherlow by 10 points in last year’s final.
1 Alexis Sanchez in action for Arsenal Arsene Wenger admits Alexis Sanchez could play for Arsenal against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday.The 18-goal Chile forward missed last weekend’s 5-0 demolition of Aston Villa with a hamstring strain, but has stepped up his rehabilitation.Wenger said on Thursday the former Barcelona man would definitely miss the match at their arch-rivals but now claims there is a chance the 26-year-old will play.“Alexis wants to have a go today, but I think he is too short,” Wenger said at Friday morning’s media conference.“He wants to play, of course, he is very keen. He feels he can defy the medical people because he is so keen to play that he thinks he can get over strains.”Wenger added: “I don’t know yet, I need medical advice on that, and I need to see what he can do in training as well.”Despite the fitness concerns over Sanchez, England forward Danny Welbeck is in line to make a return after being out since December 28 with a thigh problem.Wenger said: “We have enough offensive options, we are not short. I think we have enough offensive power, if all of us perform individually and collectively, we can get above that (Sanchez not playing).”Arsenal could move just three points behind second-placed Manchester City with what would be a sixth successive victory on Saturday lunchtime.“We have four months in front of us, they are very important to everybody, and it’s how well we can focus in every single game, how well we can perform together, that will decide our season,” said Wenger, whose side face Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fifth round next weekend and Monaco for a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.“When you have positive results behind you it makes everybody stronger and we have also recovered nearly all our defenders now, and that is of course important.”
1 Stevan Jovetic Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic is on the verge of joining Inter Milan, according to reports in Italy.The Montenegrin’s agent is due to meet San Siro officials this week in Milan for further talks in an attempt to thrash out a deal before the weekend.The former Fiorentina hitman is surplus to requirements at the Etihad Stadium and is said to be keen on a return to Serie A.It has been revealed by Sky Italia that the Nerazzurri want to secure Jovetic’s services on an initial loan agreement and then reserve first-option on the player to sign him for £13m next summer.A deal between the two clubs has been on the cards for weeks and it is thought this week’s talks are the final opportunity to complete a move between all parties.Jovetic has struggled to settle in Manchester since arriving in 2013 and notched just five goals in 26 appearances in all competitions last term.