Also, with only 14 players from the first team: Vidal stays out

first_imgThe first call of Quique Setién after the end of the winter market makes it clear that the staff that counts is taken with pins. At the first setback in the form of injury or sanction, seams are seen everywhere. This Sunday, after the morning session, the Cantabrian coach has given the list for tonight’s game against Levante (21 hours) at the Camp Nou where The absence of Chilean Arturo Vidal stands out above all, which on Saturday no longer exercised with the team because of a strong bruise on the left leg. The loss of Vidal in the call must also be added by the Frenchman Ousmane Dembélé, who has not yet received a medical discharge even though his return is already imminent adventure, and that of the Brazilian goalkeeper Neto, which is still recovering from a sprained left ankle. In addition, that of striker Luis Suarez, operated on the external meniscus of his right knee, and that his return is set for three and a half months.So that, Setién has only been able to summon fourteen players from the first team, so he has had to use the subsidiary, calling in total four players: goalkeeper Iñaki Peña, midfielder Riqui Puig and strikers Ansu Fati and Alex Collado.The list of 18 players called for the match against Levante is as follows: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Umtiti, Alba, Junior, Sergio Busquets, Arthur, De Jong, Rakitic, Griezmann, Messi, Ansu Fati, Peña, Riqui Puig and Collado.last_img read more

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Bear-ly turning on the charm

first_imgBERLIN Thousands of people line up at the Berlin Zoo each day to see Knut the polar bear cub, and his button-eyed face has become inescapable for many others who live far from the capital. Knutmania is in full swing in Germany, where the fluffy baby bear has become the latest merchandising sensation, inspiring Knut T-shirts, mugs, postcards, DVDs, key chains, candy and stuffed teddy bears that cost up to $40. Knut shares the cover of the current issue of Vanity Fair with no less than Leonardo DiCaprio, with photos by Annie Leibovitz. He has the cover of the German edition all to himself. Born at the zoo Dec. 5, Knut – who was rejected by his mother and hand-raised by zookeepers – rose to fame last month thanks to television and newspaper pictures. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ruled out of Euro 2016

first_imgEngland and Arsenal’s midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was on Friday ruled out for up to two months with a fresh knee injury, ending his Euro 2016 participation dreams, says Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.The 22 year-old England midfielder, who has not played for Arsenal since injuring his knee against Barcelona in a Champions League match in February.”There is no chance,” Wenger said on Friday, when asked if Oxlade-Chamberlain could make Roy Hodgson’s squad for this summer’s tournament in France. England’s first Group B game is against Russia in Marseille on Saturday, June 11.’He was physically ready'”I had a little conversation with Alex and with our medical team. They told me yesterday that he will be back at the beginning of July.””It is very sad. He was physically ready and looking sharp. He had one week’s training last week, but he planned to play on Tuesday night but got injured on Monday morning.”He started the first game of Euro 2012 against France, stood a very good chance of being in Roy Hodgson’s squad if he was fit, but will now surely miss the tournament which starts on June 10.Although the 22-year-old had recovered from an original knee injury, he suffered a setback on Monday morning ahead of an Arsenal Under-21 match on Tuesday, Wenger confirmed.He was expected to return to the first team for Sunday’s Premier League game against Manchester City.last_img read more

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