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Terence Kongolo’s move to Sheffield United on the rocks after scans raised concerns over fitness

Terence Kongolo’s move to Sheffield United on the rocks after scans raised concerns over the defender’s fitness following a broken foot last season with Blades looking at other options

Terence Kongolo’s proposed move from Huddersfield Town to Sheffield United is understood to have hit a hitch following medical tests.

The 26-year-old defender has only just recovered after missing most of the year with a broken foot that required metal re-enforcement. That metal work had to be removed again before he could resume playing.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder confirmed his interest in signing Kongolo as a potential replacement for the injured Jack O’Connell and a deal had looked likely over the weekend. However, medical tests are understood to have raised concerns over when Kongolo was ready to play at full fitness again.

Terence Kongolo's move to Sheffield United has broken down following medical tests

Terence Kongolo’s move to Sheffield United has broken down following medical tests

The Dutchman picked up the injury while on loan at Fulham and they have also been among the clubs keen to sign him.

Talking about the injury back in February, then Huddersfield manager Danny Cowley explained: ‘Terence went on in the Blackburn game with about eight minutes to go, he jumped and won a header but when he landed on his foot there was a problem.

‘In the foot there are many, many different bones and between these there are ligaments.

‘Unfortunately, Terence took a heavy landing on one of those bones and ligaments and he’s had to have a piece of metalwork put in which, hopefully, will resolve the issue.

‘He will then need that metalwork to come out before he is able to play again, so it is going to be a lengthy one.

‘We are hoping he will be available for the start of next season – that is certainly the aim – but it is a disappointment to everyone.

‘You feel for Terence because he had just gone to Fulham, who are in a good position and he would have wanted to affect them while on loan.’

Sheffield United have also asked about Preston North End’s £10m rated defender Ben Davies.


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This Startup Raised $37 Million To Make Going To The Dentist Fun

Afraid of going to the dentist? Does the thought of getting a root canal fill your heart with dread? If so, you’re not alone. Even though the American Dental Association recommends that some people visit the dentist multiple times a year, only half of adults in the U.S. do. One of the main reasons cited for this failure? Fear. 

Tend, a new dentistry startup hoping to inject life into an old-fashioned industry, aims to reduce that fear. On October 1st, the company announced that it raised a $37 million Series B round that will help it make going to the dentist a positive, maybe even fun, experience. 

“[Dentistry] is just outdated and a bit broken, and I think we’ve all lived it,” says John Lyman, a partner at GV. “[Tend] has a different approach.” GV led the round alongside investors Tiger Global and Good Friends, which brings Tend’s total funding to $73 million. 

Like One Medical did for primary care and Warby Parker did for vision, Tend is focused on creating direct-to-consumer dentistry with an air of hospitality it says makes it stand apart from regular dentists’ offices (both One Medical and Warby Parker have invested in Tend). Despite the fact that it’s almost a $140 billion dollar market, the dentistry industry has seen “very little innovation,” says Tend CEO and cofounder Doug Hudson. “I was just blown away that no one had created a consumer brand for dentistry.” 

While there are other dentistry startups, most are focused on oral hygiene products (for example, quip’s electric toothbrush) or corporate clients (like mobile dentistry Henry). Tend is one of the only companies actually reimagining in-office dental care. When you make an appointment at Tend, Hudson says, the company not only asks for your insurance information but also what Netflix shows you want to watch during your visit, what flavor of toothpaste you want your dentist to use, and even what aromatherapy scent you would like pumped into the room. The drills that the dentists use are quieter to reduce anxiety, and the company even reformulated its gum anesthetic to make it taste better. Hudson, who was the former CEO of teledentistry company SmileDirectClub, says he wanted to eliminate the negative feelings associated with going to the dentist, and play up the positive feelings. “I’ve always been drawn to categories that are kind of stodgy and stale and reinventing it with the patient in mind.”

Tend was cofounded by Hudson along with Andy Grover and Michael Stenclick in October 2019. Since then, the company has opened five dental offices (they call them “studios”) in New York City, two of which just opened over the summer. All of the offices were forced to close in March at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, when preventive dental services weren’t considered essential. Two months later the company was able to reopen and now takes in-person and virtual appointments. “Dentistry is a vital service, it was then and it is