Barça, closer to signing: Dembélé will be about 6 months off after its operation

first_imgOusmane Dembélé, in a match with Barcelona. Image: Reuters Dembélé has been operated in Finland for his tendon rupture in the femoral bicepsBeing a long-term casualty, LaLiga could approve Barça fiche The FC Barcelona player Ousmane Dembélé has been operated this Tuesday in Finland for his tendon rupture in the biceps femoris and will be approximately 6 months off, so the rest of the season is lost.center_img “The player of the first team Ousmane Dembélé has been successfully intervened in Turku (Finland) by Dr. Lasse Lempainen of the fracture of the proximal tendon of the biceps femoris of the right thigh. The approximate withdrawal time is 6 months,” said the club.Dembélé previously injured his biceps femoris in November 2019 and, when he was close to being discharged, noticed some discomfort that led to a new injury, the current one, which he had to go through the operating room.The French end was expected to be the winter reinforcement that has not arrived in the offensive zone of the team, ‘touched’ already down by April until Luis Suarez, as confirmed by his coach, Quique Setién.However, being a long-term leave, LaLiga could approve, according to what its medical commission says, so that Barça incorporates a player who replaces Dembélé in LaLiga Santander.The Frenchman, who accumulates several muscle injuries this season, three of them in the thigh, has played only nine games so far this season, five in LaLiga and four in the Champions League, with a goal in the domestic championship, and You will not be able to play until the next campaign.last_img read more

Ebola Spreads Fear, Stigma, Marks Campaign Apathy Nationwide

first_imgNot surprisingly, the Ebola Virus’ massive stigmatization and its instilment of fear among Liberians have caused a very poor start of political campaign activities nationwide.Mixed reactions from the greater Liberian society have also revealed that the pending democratic process may not be transparent and credible.But the staff of the National Elections Commission (NEC) has given assurances that the democratic process will indeed be credible and transparent nationwide.The Daily Observer has gathered reports from some of the political subdivisions of the country indicating strong evidence of voter apathy amongst Liberians.Many prominent and ordinary Liberians in recent times have had fierce exchanges of political views and comments on several key issues with massive disagreements among citizens.Ironically, international medical agencies and donor partners have not issued any formal or official statement declaring that Liberia is Ebola free despite a significant decline in the spread of the disease in the country.In separate encounters with a broad spectrum of Liberians, comments of disagreement and agreement have been neck and neck, with no outright winner at the helm of the political debate.Political commentator Joe Mason Browne, 45, of Coca-Cola Factory in Paynesville said the electoral process will not produce the desired results owing to Ebola virus stigma and fear.Economic commentator William K. Baysahwala, 63, noted that the ongoing electoral process in Liberia will produce some tangible political results in order to avoid a constitutional crisis for the Liberian Government.Mrs. Mary B. Sackie, 48, said the current political dispensation in Liberia is a litmus test to the embryonic democracy instituted some 14 years years ago.“I think I can say yes to holding the elections now, to avoid a constitutional crisis. But I also know there is a problem because the Ebola virus is still spreading and killing our people in our country,” Mrs. Sackie asserted.Mr. Morris Y. Fahnbuttu, 55, a former Secondary School history and geography instructor, said the timing of the current electoral process is unrealistic and counterproductive and will not produce any genuine political results.Mrs. Elizabeth Freeman Harris, 50, social and political commentator of Central Monrovia said an effective electoral process cannot be held in a volatile environment and in a deadly stressed country such as Liberia.“My dear brother, the current Ebola virus spread in our country has overwhelmed us and the entire nation,” Mrs. Harris asserted.Political scientist John B. Williams, Sr. said political interaction should be carried out in an enabling environment free of stigma, fear and suspicion at every level in any society such as Liberia’s, following 14 years of democracy.“Our current timing of the election process in our country is, from all indications, indeed counterproductive and unrealistic” Mr. Williams asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Louis van Gaal stays defiant as Manchester United seal fifth place

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal blamed injuries and unrealistic expectations for his team’s disappointing season after a 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday confirmed a fifth place finish in the Premier League.United are guaranteed a spot in next season’s Europa League four days before they play Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final but Dutchman Van Gaal’s future is still the subject of intense speculation after two years in charge at Old Trafford.”The issue is the amount of injuries in November and December, particularly in the two full back positions,” Van Gaal told reporters.”We need creative, fast attackers and we have to take care of that. When everybody was fit we were first in the league. That is the facts.”There were a number of empty seats at Old Trafford for the last home game of the season and a few banners suggesting the club’s supporters would be happy to see Van Gaal leave.HIGH EXPECTATIONS”The expectation is very high. Too high. We are a team in transition,” Van Gaal said. “I have tried to explain that.”We didnt reach our aim. We have to qualify for the Champions League. We have still the FA Cup final to go. Everyone has to make up his mind at how we have done this season at that time.”Van Gaal was at least happy with his team’s performance against Bournemouth.”It was a very good victory, we have created many, many chances in the second half and we played very well,” he said.advertisement”We scored brilliant goals,” he added, referring to a well-worked effort by Wayne Rooney and another sparkling finish by 18-year-old striker Marcus Rashford.United, however, scored only 49 league goals all season, their lowest return since 1989-90.After winning 13 league titles under manager Alex Ferguson with attack-minded teams who scored goals for fun, that simple statistic alone should make Van Gaal worry for his future at the Theatre of Dreams.last_img read more