Jones: My son is so sick I won’t be back for Aussies

Daily Mail - - Martin Samuel -

MID­DLES­BROUGH goal­keeper Brad Jones has bro­ken his si­lence over his four-year-old son be­ing di­ag­nosed with leukaemia. The Aus­tralia re­serve keeper left the Soc­ceroos train­ing camp in South Africa to rush to his son’s bed­side in France. ‘The World Cup is ir­rel­e­vant for me now,’ Jones ad­mit­ted. ‘When I walked into the room and Luca smiled when he saw me, that was worth more than any­thing the World Cup could ever give me.’ Jones learnt of his son’s ill­ness when his ex-wife Julie called him last Fri­day, the night be­fore the USA friendly in Aus­tralia. ‘I went numb,’ he said. ‘All sorts of things start go­ing on in your head.’ Jones has ruled out re­join­ing the Soc­ceroos later. ‘The treat­ment will last for five weeks and I want to be here as much as I can,’ he said.

KEVIN-PRINCE Boateng’s FA Cup fi­nal horror tackle on Michael Bal­lack has cost him a dream move back to Ger­many. Portsmouth ad­min­is­tra­tor An­drew An­dronikou says the £5mil­lion-rated for­mer Tot­ten­ham mid­fielder is an out­cast in his coun­try. The Ghana player was booked for the tackle that put Ger­man ace Bal­lack out of the World Cup with an an­kle in­jury. An­dronikou said: ‘We had a meet­ing with two Ger­man clubs be­fore the FA Cup fi­nal. They are not ring­ing us now. I cer­tainly be­lieve the rea­son for that is the Boateng tackle on Bal­lack.’

WORLD Cup chiefs have sparked a new ticket row by ad­mit­ting thou­sands of seats are still un­sold. FIFA, who re­leased a batch of tick­ets on Mon­day, re­vealed 42 of the 64 fix­tures have not sold out. Eng­land fans can get top seats at the June 23 Slove­nia game for £100 at Tick­ets to June 27’s sec­ond-round tie in Bloemfontein, which Eng­land will play if they are group run­ner­sup, are £125. And seats are avail­able for the semi-fi­nals and fi­nal. FIFA said the seats will go on sale for these games, plus Fri­day’s South Africa v Mex­ico opener and the June 25 Por­tu­gal v Brazil match.

BAY­ERN Mu­nich winger Ar­jen Robben is out of Hol­land’s opener with Den­mark af­ter a ham­string in­jury in Satur­day’s 6-1 warm-up win over Hun­gary. The for­mer Chelsea and Real Madrid wide man is hop­ing to re­turn later on.

EC­CEN­TRIC Chile boss Marcelo Bielsa has banned the press from his train­ing ground, and his men from the in­ter­net. Play­ers are not to con­tact friends or fam­ily via Face­book or Twit­ter, and night­time in­ter­net use is for­bid­den.

STOKE goal­keeper Thomas Sorensen said he cried when he dis­lo­cated a shoul­der at Chelsea as he feared his World Cup chances had gone. The Den­mark No 1 said: ‘I thought at 34 this would prob­a­bly have been my last World Cup and now it was over.’

IN­TER MI­LAN mid­fielder Sul­ley Mun­tari has re­turned to train­ing with Ghana af­ter a thigh in­jury in the Hol­land friendly. He is still a huge doubt for the opener with Ser­bia in Pre­to­ria on Sun­day but gives hope to a team al­ready missing Chelsea’s Michael Essien.

FRANCE de­fender Wil­liam Gal­las is re­fus­ing to speak to the me­dia at the World Cup. The Arse­nal cen­tre half was due to meet re­porters at the French press cen­tre in Knysna yes­ter­day but did not turn up.

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