Dhaka, Sep 30 (UNB) – Bangladesh cricket team all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will remain out of the field for around a three-month due to his little finger injury on his left hand.
The prolific all-rounder underwent an emergency operation in Dhaka on Thursday (September 27) and left the hospital on Sunday (September 30).
“A major surgery is not possible until the infection fully recovered and it will take around one month to recover from the infraction,” said a hospital source on Sunday.
“If I would wait another few days, my wrist would have become disabled. I feel better after they took out the pus [70ml], but the problem is, until the infection isn’t gone, there isn’t going to be a surgery on my injured finger,” Shakib earlier told media.
“It will take another two-three weeks to fix. After another surgery I will need eight weeks, which means I am out for three months,” he added.
Shakib returned home from Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (September 26) as the injury had become infected during the Asia Cup.
He suffered the injury in January 2018 during the final of the tri-nation series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe and was in doubt for the Asia Cup, but played on before opting out.
Shakib noticed a swelling around his injured finger during the Asia Cup and the infection started to form around the base of his little finger. Bangladesh physio Tihan Chandramohan sent Shakib’s X-ray and scan reports regularly to doctors in Australia and England, one of whom suggested that there could be an infection.
“I have been in this state for the last 14-15 days. The doctor immediately understood what had happened, but our physio couldn’t find out. Any delay would put me in great danger as the infection spread till my wrist. If I had waited another few days, my wrist would have become disabled,” Shakib explained.
Doctors have told him that he will have to wait up to three weeks for the surgery on his injured finger, which will keep him out of competitive cricket for up to three months.
Sylhet, Sept 30 (UNB)– The holy city of Sylhet is ready to host the 5th version of the six-nation prestigious Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football Tournament beginning on Monday at 25,000 capacity Sylhet District Stadium, first of its kinds outside the capital.
Hosts Bangladesh will play Laos in the opening match at 6:30 pm (local time).
Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith is expected to inaugurate the meet in the evening. President of Bangladesh Football Federation Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin will preside over the opening ceremony.
The group matches of the 12-day of the heavy weight International Football Tournament of the country will be held in Sylhet, later it will be also held at two other venues—Bir Shrestha Ruhul Amin Stadium in Cox’s Bazar and Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
Six teams—split into two groups-- will initially compete in the first phase in Sylhet from Oct 1-6 al at 6:30 pm.
Participating teams are:
Group A – holders Nepal, Palestine and Tajikistan
Group B – Laos, Philippines and hosts Bangladesh.
Later, top two teams from each of two groups will play in the semifinals in Cox’s Bazar on October 9 and 10 and the final match billed for Oct 12 at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to be the chief guest in the final on October 12 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
BFF member and President of Sylhet District Football Association Mahiuddin Ahmed Salim disclosed the details of the preparations and arrangements to hosts the six first phase matches of the prestigious meet in the holy city at the press conference at the Sylhet District Sports Association Bhaban Saturday afternoon.
He said, the football fans, who will watch games at the stadium will be awarded with attractive prizes in every matches by Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and the meet’s sponsor K-Sports. The rate of daily gallery ticket is fixed at Taka 50.
Meanwhile, all the four foreign teams—Laos, Tajikistan, Philippines and Palestine—are already reached Sylhet to participate the six-nation meet.
Defending champions and Himalayan nation Nepal reached Dhaka on Sunday and now on the way to Sylhet.
Team officials of Laos, Philippines, Palestine and Bangladesh addressed the press this afternoon at Hotel Star Pacific in Sylhet.
Bangladesh is the first team to reach Sylhet Friday afternoon to participate in the prestigious Bangabandhu Gold Cup, named after father of the nation of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibar Rahman.
The Laos team, which arrived in Dhaka Friday evening, reached Sylhet Saturday afternoon to play the inaugural match with hosts Bangladesh.
Middle East country Palestine also arrived Sylhet Sunday afternoon after the reaching Dhaka Saturday night.
Fixture of Group matches:
Oct 1: Bangladesh vs Laos
Oct 2: Nepal vs Tajikistan
Oct 3: Laos vs Philippines
Oct 4: Tajikistan vs Palestine
Oct 5: Bangladesh vs Philippines
Oct 6: Palestine vs Nepal
Players of Bangladesh team: Ashraful Islam Rana, Anisur Rahman, Rasel Mahmud, (Goal Keeper), Bishwanath Ghosh, Tutul Hossain Badsha, Topu Barman, Waly Faisal, Rahmat Miah, Yeasin Khan, (Defender), Mamunul Islam Mamun, Atiqur Rahman Fahad, Jamal Bhuiyan, Masuk Miah Zoni, Biplo Ahmed, Emon Mahmud (Mid-Fielder), Rabiul Hasan, Jafar Iqbal, Mohammad Ibrahim (Winger), Mahbubur Rahman Sufil, Nabib Newaz Jibon, Towhidul Alam Sabuz, Motin Miah and Jabed Khan (Forward).
Barcelona, Sep 30 (AP/UNB) — With Lionel Messi rested for most of the match, Barcelona was held to 1-1 by Athletic Bilbao at home on Saturday in its third straight setback in the Spanish league.
Messi came off the bench in the second half to set up a late equalizer by Munir El Haddadi, but he wasn't able to lead the defending champions to victory at Camp Nou Stadium.
The result was enough to keep Barcelona in the lead after Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid went 0-0 in the derby.
"It's been a difficult week, having won only two points in nine possible," Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.
Messi and Sergio Busquets were put on the bench by Valverde ahead of Barcelona's Champions League match at Tottenham on Wednesday.
"I believed that Leo and Busquets had to rest because we have a very complicated match on Wednesday," Valverde said. "I knew it was a risky decision."
It's the first time in two years Barcelona hasn't won in three consecutive league matches. It was coming off a home draw against Girona and a loss at then-last-place Leganes.
"We had many chances but couldn't take advantage of them," Barcelona forward Luis Suarez said. "They scored the only time they got a shot on goal."
Messi replaced midfielder Arturo Vidal in the 55th and provided the pass for Munir's 84th-minute equalizer. Messi came close to scoring the winner with a late free kick, and after the match was shown a yellow card for complaining to the referee.
"We can't depend on Messi to enter the match and solve things for us," Suarez said.
Busquets replaced the injured Sergi Roberto early in the second half.
Athletic opened the scoring in the 41st after Oscar De Marcos got behind Barcelona defenders to complete a cross by Markel Susaeta.
Athletic was trying to win at Camp Nou for the first time since 2001. It was winless since the first round. Athletic's third-round match at Rayo Vallecano was postponed because of security concerns at Rayo's stadium.
Barcelona's next league game is at Valencia, which won at Real Sociedad 1-0.
Madrid, Sep 30 (AP/UNB) — Barcelona is getting some help from its rivals to stay ahead in the Spanish league despite falling into its worst slump in two years.
The defending champion failed to win for the third straight game on Saturday, being held by Athletic Bilbao to 1-1 at home. But it was enough to retain its lead after Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid couldn't manage more than 0-0 in the derby at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Real Madrid hasn't won in two consecutive games, being unable to take advantage of Barcelona's struggles.
Atletico has won two in a row, but hasn't reached the top because of a poor start.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are tied on points, one more than Sevilla, and two more than Atletico, which extended its unbeaten streak in league matches at the Bernabeu to six.
Sevilla moved up after defeating Eibar 3-1 in a match marked by the collapse of a railing that left a few fans injured as they fell onto the pitch while celebrating a goal.
The Madrid derby ended with goalkeepers Jan Oblak and Thibaut Courtois getting the better of the attackers in the few times the teams got near the goal.
"I'm not satisfied with the result because we deserved the victory," Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui said. "We created some clear scoring chances."
The loudest celebration by Real Madrid fans came when Brazilian teenage sensation Vinicius Junior made his first-team debut, but he entered in the final minutes and didn't do much.
Lopetegui couldn't count on left back Marcelo and midfielder Francisco "Isco" Alarcon because of injuries. Gareth Bale was replaced at halftime with an apparent injury.
"It was a difficult match, as it always is when we play here," Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. "We were better in the first half but in the end it was a fair result."
Atletico beat Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup final in the beginning of the season.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde put Messi in the game early in the second half, but the playmaker couldn't rally the team to victory. He did set up an 84th-minute equalizer by Munir El Haddadi, but it was already too late.
Athletic, winless since the first round, opened the scoring before halftime through Oscar De Marco.
Sergio Busquets also was rested ahead of Barcelona's Champions League match at Tottenham on Wednesday. He entered the match early in the second half to replace the injured Sergi Roberto.
"We have the squad and players to remain strong without depending on only one player," Messi said. "We have to improve on many things, but this is just the beginning, the league is very long."
Messi said Barcelona has to stop "conceding goals in every match."
The team has conceded five goals in its last three matches, and eight in total in the league this season.
Sevilla followed its 3-0 rout of Real Madrid with a 3-1 win at Eibar, a match that had to be stopped for a few minutes in the second half because fans fell onto the pitch when a railing collapsed.
Some fans were carried away on stretchers, although local media said no serious injuries were immediately reported.
WINLESS NO MORE
Valencia's winless streak is finally over. A first-half goal by Kevin Gameiro — and a second-half penalty kick save by goalkeeper Neto — gave Valencia its first win in eight matches in all competitions.
It was the fifth winless game for Sociedad in the last six league rounds, keeping the Basque Country club near the middle of the table.
Sociedad has yet to win at its renovated Anoeta Stadium this season.
London, Sep 30 (AP/UNB) — When Daniel Sturridge sent the ball swerving into the roof of the net, it not only recovered a point for Liverpool at Chelsea. It showed Juergen Klopp just how useful the former Chelsea striker can still be.
Since Klopp's arrival in 2015, Sturridge has struggled with injuries and the inability to prove he can fit into the manager's high pressing system.
The 29-year-old Sturridge has scored fewer goals in the last four English Premier League seasons (17) than in the 2013-14 campaign (21) when Liverpool came close to winning the Premier League with Luis Suarez in the frontline.
Back from his loan spell at West Bromwich, Sturridge scored his third goal in six appearances in all competitions after coming off the bench at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. It took only three minutes on the field to curve the ball from 25 yards high past Kepa Arrizabalaga, the world's most expensive goalkeeper, to clinch the 1-1 draw in the 89th minute.
"He's in the best shape since I've known him," Klopp said. "It's really cool. I'm really happy for him. When he came in the dressing room it was pretty loud. The boys were really happy for him because he's in a good moment."
Sturridge, who joined Liverpool from Chelsea in 2013, was keen after the match to chat with Gianfranco Zola, the former Blues player who is back as a coach under Maurizio Sarri.
"I was just telling him I'm watching his videos — that's how I'm learning," Sturridge said. "A great player ... legend."
While Liverpool's 100 percent start in the league is over, Sturridge ensured his side, like Chelsea and champion Manchester City, does at least remain unbeaten after seven games.
It had looked like Eden Hazard would condemn Liverpool to its second loss to Chelsea inside 70 hours, after sealing progress in the League Cup on Wednesday.
Hazard's seventh goal in eight games in the league and cup came after 25 minutes in a move he started inside his own half.
After flicking the ball to Mateo Kovacic, the ball was held up by the midfielder as Hazard ran through unchecked to receive it back before striking low past goalkeeper Alisson.
But Liverpool's resilience to come back showed why it is level on points with defending champion Manchester City at the top.
"Me and 'Studgey' are getting a bit older now," Liverpool midfielder James Milner said, referring to Sturridge. "But it's a young squad which so much room to improve."
Chelsea is two points behind City and Liverpool in third place.
"When you are winning 1-0 at home and concede at the end, you can be sad," Hazard said. "We can challenge against Liverpool and can see we are not far off. We have a new manager, new players, but are winning games, confidence is high."