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The 23-year-old failed to make his mark at the Etihad Stadium in two injury-plagued seasons after leaving Everton, and will now hope for a fresh start on Wearside. No fee was announced by either club for a player capped three times by England, but reports put the figure around the £10million mark. Sunderland have completed the signing of midfielder Jack Rodwell from Manchester City on a five-year deal. Rodwell was at one time viewed as one of the brightest young England hopes after making his debut for Everton at the age of 16 in 2007. He became a regular for Everton, making 109 appearances before joining City for £12million in the summer of 2012 despite missing out on Euro 2012 due to a hamstring injury. His career at the Etihad stalled however, not helped by further injury problems, and he made only seven Premier League starts during his time at City. He will not be the first player to leave City in order to attempt to resurrect his career at Sunderland – winger Adam Johnson made the same switch in 2012 with notable success, while Joe Hart’s understudy Costel Pantilimon has followed this summer. However Johnson claimed last season it was almost impossible for players not belonging to the eight leading Premier League clubs to break into Roy Hodgson’s England squad ahead of the World Cup. Press Association
Ron “Otsey” RodriquezA 29-year-old man of Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), is battling for his life after he was repeatedly stabbed to his face under circumstances currently unknown.Ron “Otsey” Rodriquez was discovered laying on the roadway in the vicinity of Cinderella Park on the evening of Monday last.His mother, Rosita Singh, on Friday said that her son went out with several family members at Cinderella Park.However, as the group was about to leave, Rodriguez stayed back to hang with his friend who had just shown up.Sometime later, Singh said a family friend visited her at home, informing that her son was killed.After making contact with the police, the woman rushed to the scene of the crime where she discovered her son on the roadway, with his face badly disfigured.Upon inspection, she realised that her son was still breathing and as such, he was immediately rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital. He was later transferred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital and then the Georgetown Public Hospital where he is said to be in a “coma-like” state.According to Singh, doctors have informed her that her son received a blunt force trauma to the back of his head after which he was stabbed multiple times to his face.The blunt force trauma and stabbing have caused a part of his brain to be severely damaged.“They stabbed up his whole face, only his face. The doctors say the lash in his head fracture the nostril and all the stab wounds fractured his left side face, kill half of his brain so that even if he recovers, he is a vegetable…and you know how that is” Singh cried.The mother of eight revealed that unconfirmed reports are that Rodriguez may have gotten in the middle of a fight which caused his injuries.She explained that friends of the miner told her that a fight broke out which prompted the group that Rodriguez was a part of to leave the park.His mother is pleading for justice to be served.“I want justice for me son, justice, ow man that is the best son I got, people know he so good, he don’t disrespect elders its always aunty and uncle even if he don’t know you, ask neighbours, look it have the neighbours upstairs crying tears, stranger because he was such a good boy…I need justice. The police them ain’t doing anything, is only today (Friday) since we put out the story to the media that we get one call to go down to the station and this thing happened since Monday,” Singh cried.An investigation has been launched.