Napoli Napoli blow as Ghoulam facing a further month out after knee surgery Tom Webber 21:16 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Napoli Serie A Napoli v Lazio The full-back was close to a return from a torn ACL for the Serie A side, but a fractured right patella will keep him sidelined for a few more weeks Napoli full-back Faouzi Ghoulam will spend another month on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on a fractured patella in his right knee.Ghoulam has been out of action for Napoli since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in the same knee during the 4-2 Champions League group stage defeat to Manchester City on November 1.The Algeria international returned to first-team training last month but suffered a setback in his recovery and required an operation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Ghoulam was operated on at Villa Stuart by Professor [Pierpaolo] Mariana due to a transverse fracture of the right patella,” a Napoli statement announced.”The intervention was perfectly successful. Faouzi will start rehabilitation [on Saturday]. He will be evaluated in 15 days and should return to the training pitch in a month.”Napoli slipped to second in Serie A after Juventus beat Fiorentina 2-0 on Friday, but Maurizio Sarri’s side can return to the summit with victory over Lazio on Saturday.
UEFA Champions League ‘We must be prepared to suffer’ – Conte’s Chelsea bracing for tough Barca test Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 08:40 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) UEFA Champions League Chelsea Antonio Conte Lionel Messi Chelsea v Barcelona Barcelona Videos The Blues manager knows his side must work hard to keep Lionel Messi and Co. in check in the Champions League last-16 clash Antonio Conte hailed Lionel Messi as the best player in the world but warned his Chelsea players not to become fixated with Barcelona’s talisman in Tuesday’s imposing Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge.Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi has an unusually poor record against Chelsea, failing to score in eight previous encounters with the reigning Premier League champions in Europe’s top competition.AdChoices广告But Conte is not placing too much stock in the prospect of that record continuing and observed La Liga’s leaders can hurt opponents from all angles. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Asked whether Chelsea would grant Messi any special attention, Conte replied: “This is a good question. We are talking about the best player in the world.”Messi has the capacity to solve the situation and create a chance when you are not seeing the chance to score. This means that, with this player, we are talking about a fantastic player.”We have to pay great attention, but not only to Messi. [Luis] Suarez is a fantastic striker. The rest of the team are very dangerous, so we have to work as a team to try and stop Barcelona — Messi, Suarez, [Andres] Iniesta, the whole team of Barcelona.”We have to work very hard. We have to know that, during the game, we must be prepared to suffer. But, at the same time, we must have the idea to go and score at any moment.”As Italy boss at Euro 2016, Conte put forward a tactical masterclass as his unfancied side deservedly beat a Spain team featuring the likes of Iniesta and Gerard Pique 2-0 in the round of 16.He conceded there were some parallels between that encounter and the two-legged battle about to unfold.”I think we start this game as underdogs, for sure. Barcelona — on paper — are favourites to go into the next round,” he said.”But, for this reason, I think we must be excited to take on this challenge. These two games will be very important to understand what is our level in this competition.”We’ve worked and prepared well. It won’t be easy. We are playing against Barcelona.”Conte added: “When you have to play this type of game, you have to prepare everything. You have to prepare big things, but the smaller details too. They can move a result a lot of the time.”We have an idea. We have a plan in our heads. I think that, in this specific moment, it’s very important to pick the players who are at the top of their form and then try and do our best to win the game.”
TFA is proud to announce the development, piloting and introduction of the AusSquad program. TFA is focused on the continued development of junior participation in sport and the growth of community links in sport. The AusSquad program will become a key element in the TFA junior framework and a key link between the AusTouch Program and pre-elite senior competition.11 to 15-year-olds are the target of the launch, which will involve a demonstration of the program’s clinics and will be conducted by a number of Australian Open players and coaches. The participants need to be there at 5.00pm for the launch to commence at 5.30pm. The participants are then encouraged to stay at the fields to watch the National Training Squads take on the Alliance in their first ever encounter. The participants will receive a free AusSquad shirt as well as a free barbecue taking place on the night. To be a part of the launch, please contact TFA’s National Sport Development Coordinator, Adam Raptis on firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, 9 September 2010. Please click on the attached flyer for more information. Related Filesaussquad14-jpg
By BEN HARRISNew South Wales are one win away from claiming the men’s open division following a 10-7 victory against Queensland as the first games of the State of Origin series wrapped up on Friday night at Sunshine Coast Stadium.Boyed by seven touchdowns in the second half, New South Wales ran over the top of Queensland towards the end of the match to lead the three-game series 1-0.As expected, the match was fast, skilful and had the odd push-and-shove between opponents.In the opening three minutes the score was 3-1 to Queensland.Both teams scored in their first set of six of the match.Matthew Prowse had an early double for New South Wales as his team trailed by one touchdown after five minutes.The quick scoring subsided and was replaced by brilliant defence.New South Wales levelled the scores at 3-all in the 15th minute when Sam Brisby scored the first of his three touchdowns.But a minute before the break, Queensland hit the lead again when Shaun Francis was the beneficiary of quick hands to make the scores 4-3.Much like how the first half had started, the second stanza began with two touchdowns inside 90 seconds.Both were scored by New South Wales and the boys in blue had hit the lead for the first time.Four more touchdowns scored inside two minutes of each other had the scoreboard attendant calling for assistance as New South Wales blew the score out to 8-6 in their favour.Queensland’s Lachlan Pierce bagged his second for the night, which gave the home side some life but when Scott Buckley snatched an intercept and raced away to score, it was game over.New South Wales need to win one of the two matches on Saturday to take out the division.NEW SOUTH WALES 10 (Sam Brisby 3, Matt Prowse 3, Terry Deegan, Ben Moylan, Scott Buckley, Stuart Brierty touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 7 (Shaun Francis 2, Lachlan Pierce 2, Theo Majid 2, Justin Mitchell touchdowns). HT: QLD 4-3; NSW lead the division 1-0.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksSOO men’s open