Elliott hopes for good news

MATT Elliott is today hoping to be handed a massive play-off boost along with four of his former Leicester City team-mates, including James Scowcroft, writes Derek Davis.

MATT Elliott is today hoping to be handed a massive play-off boost along with four of his former Leicester City team-mates, including James Scowcroft, writes Derek Davis.

The defender on loan to Ipswich Town from the Foxes is expecting to hear that all charges against Paul Dickov, Frank Sinclair and Keith Gillespie will be dropped at a hearing in Cartagena, Spain, today.

Elliott, along with Scowcroft, and the three players accused of sexual assault, have had to report to the Spanish consulate on the 1st and 15th of each month since they returned from Spain following the incident in La Manga.

That has meant the occasional missed training session and Elliott was due to report again on Saturday, the day of Town's play-off game against West Ham.


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The case will be closed at today's hearing, which none of the players have been asked to attend, and all conditions will be lifted. The news follows an expose showing the three women at the centre of the controversy to be prostitutes.

Meanwhile, Marcus Bent has admitted he is in the dark about where he will be playing his football next season – the Premiership, Nationwide League or even the SPL. The EADT last week revealed Celtic and Rangers were tracking Bent and Leicester had asked Ipswich about keeping the striker.

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Foxes boss Micky Adams last night repeated his wish for Bent to stay and be part of next season's promotion push but admitted: "Rangers and Celtic were both represented at our game against Portsmouth on Saturday and, well, we can't compete with them."

Bent said: "I might not have a big say in the matter. I hope the option to stay at Leicester is there because I've really enjoyed it here."

The 25-year-old striker has been in fine form for City since joining on a season-long loan deal from Ipswich Town.

He has contributed 10 goals to City's cause, but his efforts have proved in vain with the club already preparing for life back in the Football League.

Bent is now looking forward to their trip to champions Arsenal. He said: "We'd dearly love to see out the season in style because this weekend's game could be the last in a Leicester shirt for a few of our players."

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