Nadal

Nadal

In tennis news, 

Rafael Nadal's comeback from a knee injury has been further delayed due to an illness. 

The Spaniard has been advised to rest, while he recovers from a fever caused by a stomach infection. 

The 26-year-old has been out of action with tendonitis in his left knee since Wimbledon. 

And he was expected to resume playing this week in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi. 

But the former world number 1 requires a few more days of rest, before competing in next week's Qatar Open. 

And his quest to win his 12th Grand Slam title begins in Melbourne next month. 


Onto cricket action, 

Pakistan came from behind to edge out India by 5 wickets in a thrilling first Twenty20 International. 

On Christmas Day, the Pakistanis had to chase India's modest score of 133-9 in Bangalore. 

The visitors recovered from 12 for 3 and appeared to be cruising to victory, before a late wobble resulted in them needing 10 from the final over. 

And Shoaib Malik hit a straight 6 to see Pakistan home with 2 balls to spare. 

This is the first bilateral series between the 2 countries in 5 years.


Onto English football news, 

Michael Owen is aiming to score against his former club Liverpool, when his present team Stoke City host them tomorrow morning. 

Since leaving the Reds in 2004, the former England international has played for Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United. 

But the 33 year old has never had the chance to score against Liverpool, where he played for 8 seasons. 

And Owen is now looking to 'get the monkey off his back', by hoping to score for Stoke City tomorrow.