Manchester City have plunged deeper into a defensive crisis on Tuesday when John Stones was ruled out for up to six weeks with a muscle injury.
Pep Guardiola confirmed that Stones is to be sidelined for at least a month at his pre-match press conference for City’s Champions League opener at Shakhtar Donetsk.
City are already without Aymeric Laporte, who will only return from a knee ligament injury next year, and Stones’s absence means Nicolas Otamendi is Guardiola’s only fit senior central defender.
“Injured this morning,” Guardiola said, regarding Stones. “A month, four or five weeks, six weeks. [It is] a muscular problem.”
Fernandinho, naturally a midfielder, is expected to slot alongside Otamendi in the centre of City’s defence, while youngsters Eric Garcia and Taylor Harwood-Bellis will provide first-team cover until Stones returns.
“It’s a challenge and they will do it well because my players are the best,” Guardiola said, when asked whether Fernandinho was ready to fill in at the back.
“We play with ‘dinho, Eric or Taylor. I will create something. That is what it is. Football is not how you handle the good situations. It’s how you handle the bad ones.
“This team has done it in the past. When we won the last two seasons seven titles, nobody gave us anything. We won for ourselves and we are going to do it again.
“The perfect ideal situation does not exist, it’s how you approach these ones. I am ready for the challenge. I like it, I like to live this situation.”
Stones’s injury – sustained while passing the ball in a training session – comes days after he and Otamendi were widely criticised for their performances in a shock 3-2 defeat away to Norwich City.
Fernandinho was in contention to start in the centre of defence against Shakhtar regardless of Stones’ absence, but the injury still comes at an inopportune time for Guardiola.
A six-week layoff would leave Stones sidelined until the final week of October. City travel to title rivals Liverpool on the weekend of 9 November.
“Something people don’t know is the spirit, commitment,” Guardiola said. ”Everybody makes a step forward to solve the problem we have. With ‘dinho, Eric Garcia and Taylor from the academy, we are going to go for the next month.
“Sometimes these situations happen. It’s happened. What we’re not going to do is complain. We have to make 11 players on the pitch, make extra effort, and I like to prove myself. To find a solution for the team.
“It’s for the players as well to step forward and contribution to this problem we have. Two important central defenders we have in John and Aymer are injured for a long time.”
You Cheated On Me’ : Lady Calls Out Ned Nwoko After He Shared Regina Daniels Baby Bump Photo On IG
A lady has made a very damning allegation about popular Nollywood actress Regina Daniels’ husband, Ned Nwoko.
The lady identified as @dutchess_emmy accused Ned Nwoko of cheating on her and after breaking her heart, had to come out to publicly announce the pregnancy of Regina Daniels.
Dutchess_emmy made this allegation after Ned Nwoko shared a baby bump photo of her 6th wife, Regina Daniels where he officially stated that he and Regina is expecting their first child.
However, it appears the Instagram lady was in a serious relationship with the 64-year-old business mogul but their affair did not end up in marriage like how it happened for him and the Nigerian screen star.
Taking to the comment section of Ned Nwoko’s post, the jilted lady expressed shock at Ned Nwoko’s gesture.
‘Wow you cheated on me and you announcing this publicly @princenednwoko check your Whatsapp’.
Michael Jordan To Donate $100 million To Organizations Fighting For Racial Justice And Equality
Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand on Friday announced a $100 million donation to help the ongoing fight against racial injustice.
In a joint statement released by his manager Estee Portnoy, the basketball legend said that over the next 10 years, he and his brand will donate $100 million to “organizations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education.”
“Jordan Brand is more than one man. It has always been a family,” the statement begins. “We represent a proud family that has overcome obstacles, fought against discrimination in communities worldwide and that works every day to erase the stain of racism and the damage of injustice.”
It continues, “The will, the work, the excellence the world has come to know is the result of one generation after another, pouring their dreams into the next. It’s 2020, and our family now includes anyone who aspires to our way of life. Yet as much as things have changed, the worst remains the same.”
“Black lives matter. This isn’t a controversial statement. Until the ingrained racism that allows our country’s institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of Black people,” they share.
Joint Statement from Michael Jordan & Jordan Brand regarding $100m donation. pic.twitter.com/yYXWh5eBZl
— Estee Portnoy (@esteep) June 5, 2020
In his previous statement on George Floyd’s death and the ongoing police brutality and racial injustice protests, the 57-year-old former Chicago Bulls great and owner of the Charlotte Hornets said he was “deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry.”
“I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough,” he said. “… We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn our backs on senseless brutality. We need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability.”
African Al-Qaeda Chief, Abdelmalek Droukdel Has Been Killed Following A Seven-Year Manhunt
The leader of Al-Qaeda’s north Africa affiliate in the Islamic Maghreb has been killed in a French military operation following a seven-year hunt.
Abdelmalek Droukdel and members of his inner circle of the terrorist group were killed on Wednesday during an operation in Mali, where thousands of French troops have been deployed to battle the jihadist groups in the area.
French Defence Minister, Florence Parly made the announcement on Twitter last night.
She also confirmed that a senior Islamic State (IS) group commander, Mohamed el Mrabat was also captured in an operation back in May
“On June 3, French army forces with the support of their local partners, killed al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’s emir, Abdelmalek Droukdel, and several of his closest collaborators, during an operation in northern Mali,”
A senior Islamic State (IS) group commander was also captured in an operation in May, Parly said.
“Our forces, in cooperation with their local partners … will continue to track these (people) down without respite,” she added.
Droukdel was believed to be hiding in the mountains of northern Algeria.
The AQIM group who have made millions of dollars abducting foreigners for ransom over the years operates across northern Mali, Niger, Mauritania, and Algeria.
According to the UN, Droukdel was an explosives expert and manufactured devices that killed hundreds of civilians in attacks on public places. He was sentenced to death in Algeria in 2013 for his involvement in the bombings of a government building and offices of the UN’s refugee committee in Algiers that killed 26 people and wounded 177.
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