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Another blow for Pune, now Smith out of IPL with wrist injury

first_imgPune, May 2 (PTI) Rising Pune Supergiants injury woes refuses to die down as Australian captain Steven Smith became their latest casualty when he was ruled ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing Indian Premier League today because of a wrist problem. The Supergiants had earlier lost Kevin Pietersen, Faf du Plessis and Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh to injuries. Smiths pull out was confirmed by Cricket Australia Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager Alex Kountouris, who said the right-handed batsman had been struggling with pain in his right wrist for the last week. “We have been working with his IPL franchise Pune to monitor this and unfortunately it has not resolved,” Kountouris said in a statement from Australia. “As such, he will return home from India for further assessment and treatment ahead of the tour of the West Indies.” The CA medical official stressed that the pull out decision was taken as a precautionary measure and the injury did not appear to be serious. “?From the information we have so far, this doesnt appear to be a serious injury but we are keen to give him the time to recover and rehabilitate before heading to the West Indies at the end of May,” Kountouris said. Australia begin the tri-series in Guyana on June 6 against South Africa before facing West Indies four days later at the same venue. In the absence of Pietersen and Du Plessis, Smith, who didnt miss a single match for his IPL franchise so far because of the injury, was the mainstay of the Supergiants batting and also scored his maiden T20 century too. Smiths pull out comes a day after Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was ruled out of the rest of the IPL with a side strain. The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Supergiants are currently languishing in the bottom third of the points table with just two wins. With injuries plaguing their foreign recruits, the Pune outfit is now desperate to get Australia batsman Usman Khawaja into the country. Khawaja was roped in up after the loss of Pietersen and du Plessis. The Supergiants are yet to name a replacement for Marsh and Smith. They will next play against Delhi Daredevils in New Delhi on May 5. PTI SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Valverde hails Arnaiz debut

first_imgBarcelona Valverde hails Arnaiz after impressive Barcelona debut Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 06:59 10/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) jose arnaiz - cropped Twitter @FCBarcelona Barcelona Real Murcia v Barcelona Real Murcia Copa del Rey Ernesto Valverde Jose Arnaiz’s goalscoring debut for Barcelona against Murcia left his manager very impressed Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was delighted with the performance of debutant Jose Arnaiz in his side’s Copa del Rey win at Real Murcia.The 22-year-old marked his first start for the club with the third goal in the 3-0 win over the Segunda B side at the Nueva Condomina on Tuesday.Barca 1/2 to beat Bilbao with dabblebet 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 Arnaiz has impressed for Gerard Lopez’s Barcelona B team since arriving from Real Valladolid and looked dangerous throughout on the left-hand-side of the attack, in the absence of rested senior stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.Valverde believes it is an encouraging start for the forward and was pleased to be able to give him game time, along with midfielder Carles Alena and Marc Cucurella, who also made his debut.”He’s a player with self-assuredness,” Valverde said of Arnaiz. “He has the goal in his head. I believed he could help us in this game and that it’s good for them [the B team players] to come and face a situation like this.”He scored a great goal, he has a powerful shot. It’s a first step. We’ll see if we can help us more.”8 – José Arnaiz has been involved in 8 goals (five goals & three assists) in nine games played for @FCBarcelona (Segunda & Copa). Promise pic.twitter.com/airfi1xT5B— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 24, 2017The victory puts the Copa holders in pole position to progress to the last 16 and maintains Barca’s fine form this season, with the Catalans having won 12 of their 13 matches in all competitions since their Supercopa de Espana loss to Real Madrid.”It was a typical day in the cup. The opponents had a lot of enthusiasm,” said Valverde.”In the first half, we weren’t too clear. In the second, we managed to get two more goals. “It’s true they played well at times but I’m happy because the B players made their debut, we won and we have to keep going.”last_img read more