MANCHESTER, England (AP):The final round of international fixtures in 2016 did no favours for managers of some of the English Premier League’s title hopefuls.Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, in particular, will vouch for that ahead of the renewal of their often-heated coaching rivalry.When Mourinho’s Manchester United and Wenger’s Arsenal meet at Old Trafford tomorrow for the standout game in the 12th round of matches, there could be some major names missing because of injuries sustained on international duty.United captain Wayne Rooney has caused a furore by being photographed, looking bleary-eyed, alongside some guests at a wedding party taking place at the England team hotel last Saturday. But by then, he’d picked up a knee injury during England’s 3-0 win over Scotland the night before, causing him to miss Tuesday’s match against Spain, and Rooney is now doubtful for the Arsenal game.SERIOUS DOUBTSIt was the last thing Mourinho would have wanted, considering he is already without suspended striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and centre backs Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling, as well as having serious doubts over the fitness of midfielder Marouane Fellaini and full backs Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia.Wenger, meanwhile, will ask Alexis Sanchez for an honest assessment of his fitness after Arsenal’s star forward sustained a hamstring injury while away with Chile. Sanchez missed a draw against Colombia, but returned for the 3-1 win over Uruguay on Tuesday, although his right leg was heavily strapped for the match.Sanchez isn’t due to return to Arsenal’s training base until today and the match against United is a lunchtime kick-off.”What I will consider is the risk of injury, because he played while recovering from a hamstring injury,” Wenger said yesterday. “I’ll consider the way he feels as well. On that front, you depend on the honesty of the player, how they feel and how they recover.”Wenger will be careful about overloading Sanchez, who has scored eight goals for Arsenal this season from his new position as converted striker. This time last year, Sanchez picked up a hamstring injury following a gruelling run of back-to-back games for club and country and ended up missing the next two months, which proved to be a huge blow to Arsenal’s title hopes.KEY PLAYER INJURIESLiverpool and Chelsea, the Premier League’s top two, could also be counting the cost of the recent international games after injuries to key players.Adam Lallana, one of Liverpool’s quartet of sprightly forwards that has been in devastating form this season, hobbled off during England’s game against Spain and is a doubt for the leaders’ trip to Southampton.As for second-place Chelsea, Diego Costa was ruled out of both of Spain’s games during the break because of groin injuryand Eden Hazard limped off during Belgium’s 8-1 win over Estonia with an apparent calf injury. It isn’t yet clear if either Costa or Hazard the scorers of 15 league goals between them will be fit for Chelsea’s match at Middlesbrough.Palace have conceded 10 goals in their last three games and have not kept a clean sheet in the league all season. In terms of points per game (0.73) in 2016, Alan Pardew’s side is the worst-performing team across England’s four leagues this calendar year.Probably, then, the last team they would want to see arriving at Selhurst Park tomorrow is Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring Man City side. Star striker Sergio Aguero will be raring to go for City, having failed to start for Argentina in either of their World Cup qualifying games over the international break.
Arrested 3 months after hit-and-run accidentPolice ranks in Berbice have been able to locate the car which was involved in a hit-and-run accident at Number 55 Village, Corentyne back in September and have also arrested the driver.Reports are that Police got the breakthrough with the aid of a close relative of the suspect.It was the man’s son-in-law who reportedly provided the information to the PoliceDead: Trishan Sahai, also called “Star”almost three months after the accident which killed 19-year-old Trishan Sahai, also called “Star”, of Number 57 Village, Corentyne and injured his 28-year-old friend, Mooneshwar Jairam, also called “Bodo”, of the same village.Reports are that after the driver’s daughter and her husband encountered some marital problems, he told the Police that it was his father-in-law who was involved in the September 17 hit-and-run accident at Number 55 Village in front of a bar.One of the persons Police immediately arrested was the man’s wife, Roshnie Iyube, in whose name the car is registered.The woman said that she had no knowledge that her car was involved in a hit-and-run accident. According to her, she was led to believe that her husband had hit an animal and it was not until six weeks after that the car was fixed. During that time, it remained in the garage. The woman told Guyana Times that last Friday evening, a party of Police Officers visited their Bath Settlement home.“When I come out, they ask me who is my husband and I told them Sultan Iyube and they say that is not the name they have for him and then they ask for my name and after I give them they told my husband that he is under arrest for some accident and then they told me that I am under arrest too,” the woman said.The couple were initially taken to the Fort Wellington Police Station and then to Central Police Station in New Amsterdam. The suspected hit-and-run driver was eventually detained at Reliance while his wife went to Sisters Village. During the investigation, the suspect took investigators to the scene and pointed out where it was that he hit the two men.He also told investigators that he thought it was an animal, but related that in the rearview mirror, he could see persons rushing towards the object he had hit.According to Roshnie Iyube, when her husband arrived home on the night in question, he told her that he had damaged the car after hitting something on the road. “When I look, I see the headlamp break on the left side and the rearview mirror on the left side break and the bumper have a little scratch and I told him once there is life, we can always fix that,” the woman said.Back in September, a motor car with an unknown registration plate was proceeding north along the Corentyne Highway at a fast pace and struck down Sahai and Jairam, who were walking across the Highway at Number Naught Village.Sahai was tossed some 30 feet away from the impact point while Jairam landed on top of a parked motor car, breaking the windscreen and rearview mirror in the process.However, the speeding driver did not stop. Both men were taken to the Skeldon Hospital, where Sahai was pronounced dead while Jairam was transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital. Iyube says following the accident, her husband was unusually quiet for several days. The damaged car was fixed six weeks after the accident. During that period, it remained parked in the garage.Meanwhile, the dead man’s stepfather, Haroon Hamid, says he is happy that the Police have been able to crack the case.“When we get that news, we felt a little relieved to know that after a while the Police were still trying and now they get to apprehend him. We must give thanks and compliment the Police for doing such a wonderful job. We hope that justice will prevail,” he said.Meanwhile, the mother of 28-year-old Jairam expressed gratitude, saying she had given up hope.“On to now, he is not well as he was before. He still cries out for his head and his shoulder that is paining up to now,” she said.Sultan Iyube, 48, of Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice, appeared at the Number 51 Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday before Magistrate Charlyn Artiga to answer four charges.The West Coast Berbice businessman was placed on $1 million bail and ordered to lodge his travel documents after he was arraigned on four charges, including causing death by dangerous driving.Iyube was not required to plead to the causing death charge. He was also charged with failing to stop following an accident, failing to render assistance and failing to report an accident on the same day.He will have to return to court on December 27. (Andrew Carmichael)