Injuries set to rob Champions League of top stars

first_img Loading… Barcelona are without Ousmane Dembele whilst Samuel Umtiti isn’t available due to an ongoing problem in his right knee. Clement Lenglet has a groin issue which leaves Quique Setien without too many options in defence, especially with Ronald Araujo also set to miss out after picking up a sprained ankle in Barcelona B’s playoff. Bayern Munich have emerged as one of the favourites to win the trophy under Hansi Flick’s stewardship, yet they could be without Benjamin Pavard who suffered an ankle sprain during training. The UEFA Champions League will return on August 7, however with an abridged version of the tournament taking place in Lisbon there are concerns that injuries could leave the competition with an absence of top stars. At the last count, Paris Saint-Germain were left panicked after the Coupe de France final saw Kylian Mbappe suffer what looked to be a rather serious ankle injury. A poor challenge by Loic Perrin left the forward with a sprained ankle, and he is now expected to miss around three weeks, a layoff which would see him facing a battle against the clock to be fit for a potential semi-final. Sergio Aguero injured his left knee on June 24, and he had to undergo surgery which saw him ruled out of the second leg against Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium. If Manchester City can progress past Los Blancos the Argentine will be available for the remaining rounds in the tournament. Zinedine Zidane, though, has fitness headaches of his own with Eden Hazard still not fully right after a season riddled with ankle injuries. Furthermore, the news that Mariano Diaz has tested positive for COVID-19 has also thrown Los Merengues’ plans for the second leg into disarray. Thomas Partey has been one of Europe’s most consistent midfielder’s this season and is being eyed by a number of clubs, most notably Arsenal, yet he suffered a muscular injury in his thigh during the final LaLiga Santander fixture and is unlikely to face RB Leipzig in the quarter-final. Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianSuper Recognizable Outfits That Actors Wore In The Famous MoviesBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There? Read Also: Video: Timo Werner first Chelsea training emerges online Paulo Dybala has emerged as one of the true success stories of Maurizio Sarri’s debut season in charge of Juventus, however the Argentine had to be substituted in the recent clash against Sampdoria after feeling discomfort in his left adductor. There will be a wait to know the full extent of that ailment, although he has a high chance of taking part in Juventus’ second leg against Lyon. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Shafaq banned for six years

first_img(BBC) – AFGHANISTAN wicketkeeper-batsman, Shafiqullah Shafaq, has been banned for six years from all forms of cricket after breaching anti-corruption rules.Shafaq admitted to four charges while playing for Afghan club, Nangarhar Leopards, in 2018 and Sylhet Thunder in last year’s Bangladesh Premier League.The 30-year-old has played 24 one-day internationals and 46 Twenty20s.The Afghanistan Cricket Board’s senior anti-corruption manager said the ban was a warning for all players.“This is a very serious offence where a senior national player is involved in the corruption of a high-profile domestic game in the 2018 Afghanistan Premier League T20,” said Sayed Anwar Shah Quraishi.“The player had also attempted but failed to get one of his team-mates to engage in corruption in another high-profile game during the Bangladesh Premier League 2019.“It is an alert for all those players who think their illegal activities concerning the game of cricket will not be disclosed to the ACB.“Our coverage is vaster than what is perceived.”last_img read more

US Politician Pramila Jayapal Responds Calmly to Angry Caller

first_imgIndian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, during her recent appearance on C-Span’s Washington Journal, was confronted by an angry immigrant hater who went on a rant about how undocumented immigrants are reaping government benefits and stealing American jobs.The self-identified Republican ‘John’ from Sebring was furious about undocumented immigrants who he called “illegal aliens”, and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival Program (DACA), which permitted undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children to live, study and work in the United States.After John spoke, Jayapal, who is the US Representative for Washington’s 7th congressional district, slightly shook her head with disagreement. She later sat expressionless as he went on.“It costs $530 billion for the benefits they get,” said John, Washington Post reported. He burst out a moment later, adding, “They took my grandkids’ jobs. They took my kids’ jobs, running ’em out of business.”Talking about Dreamers, the young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, John said: “They need to be deported, just like their parents, and it is terrible what these people are doing to this country.”Jayapal’s ReactionFor Jayapal, the criticism was not just about a policy issue she is passionate about. It was also about something personal, as she migrated to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue studies at the Georgetown University. Even though she was never undocumented herself, she had to wait for more than 17 years, till she married an American citizen, to get US citizenship.Jayapal handled John’s rant in a measured and compassionate manner. “It sounds like you are in a lot of economic pain,” she replied, adding that the economic condition he is facing now is not due to immigrant policies, but is a result of unfair business practices.“The people you should blame are the big corporations that are not paying their fair share of taxes, and creating jobs that don’t pay as well, and don’t allow somebody to work 40 hours a week and actually support their families,” added the first Indian-American woman to be elected to the Congress.According to Jayapal, immigrants contribute more than they take and offered to send John studies on this matter.“The majority of Americans, I believe, think immigration is good for the country and that people like me have helped build the country. It’s always easier to blame, but immigrants are not to blame for the country’s economic woes,” concluded Jayapal.Who is Pramila Jayapal?Jayapal currently serves as the US Representative for Washington’s 7th congressional district. Before entering politics, Jayapal, fought as an activist for the rights of immigrants. In last November, in the midst of the anti-immigrant sentiment that gained momentum during the presidential campaign, she emerged as the first Indian American woman to be elected to the Congress.The 51-year-old politician was born in Chennai, and grew up in Indonesia and Singapore. After getting a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, she pursued MBA from the Northwestern University.After the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, Jayapal founded a non-profit organization named One America, which declared Washington state “a hate free zone”. As a part of the campaign, she lobbied on behalf of immigrants for a peaceful nation, and in 2013, she was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change”. Related ItemsIndia American politiciansNRI politicsPramila JayapalPramila Jayapal C SpanPramila Jayapal immigrationPramila Jayapal reply hate speechlast_img read more