Modric adds to Real Madrid’s injury woes

first_imgLuka Modric has intensified the injury headache being endured by Real Madrid, with the midfielder nursing a thigh complaint.The Blancos have been stung by a string of fitness problems in the 2019-20 campaign.That is making selection calls testing for Zinedine Zidane, with the Frenchman unable to pick from a fully-stocked talent pool. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream It could be that he is without Modric for the foreseeable future, with Real confirming that the Ballon d’Or winner is struggling with a niggling knock.A statement released on the club’s official website read: “Following the tests carried out today on our player Luka Modric by Real Madrid’s medical department, he has been diagnosed with a muscular injury to the adductor in his right leg.“His recovery will continue to be assessed.”Modric has taken in two La Liga appearances for Real this season, with a red card collected in his first against Celta Vigo.He returned to domestic action in a 2-2 draw with Villarreal, with Zidane introducing him off the bench in that contest.The 34-year-old then headed off on international duty with Croatia.He figured in Euro 2020 qualifiers against Slovakia and Azerbaijan, with the target found against the latter in a 1-1 stalemate.Any hopes Real had of seeing Modric build on that effort appear to have been dashed.Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid 2019-20Luka Jovic is another to have returned to the Spanish capital carrying a knock, with the Serbian striker having already spent time on the treatment table this season.Brahim Diaz has also been sidelined, while Marco Asensio saw his season ended by an untimely knee ligament injury.Among the others to have endured fitness struggles are Ferland Mendy, Thibaut Courtois, Mariano Diaz, Sergio Ramos, Rodrygo, Eden Hazard, James Rodriguez and Isco.Of those brought into the Bernabeu during the summer transfer window, only Eder Militao has steered clear of injury.Zidane will be hoping for a reversal in fortune over the coming weeks as Real seek to kick-start their campaign.Having taken five points from three games so far, Los Blancos will return to action after the international break on Saturday when they play host to Levante.last_img read more

Windstar Appoints Maritime Executive Michael Inman as Director of Risk Management and Compliance

first_imgNew expert hire reflects that traveler safety is at the forefront for the award-winning cruise line  Seattle, WA, October 05, 2017 — Windstar Cruises has announced that they are welcoming seafaring safety specialist Michael Inman as the newest member of the boutique cruise line’s highly accredited leadership team. Bringing with him a diverse spectrum of experience from both the U.S. Coast Guard and the cruise industry, Inman will report directly to Windstar President John Delaney and work alongside fleet and technical operations officials to further maintain and enhance the luxury line’s high standards for safety and traveler welfare. “Michael Inman is no stranger to the Windstar family,” explained Delaney. “He’s worked with us in a large capacity over the last nine months, consulting on our new Alaska voyages and has given us critical support with respect to safety, environmental, and regulatory issues. Given his extensive professional experience in these areas, there is no doubt that his vast knowledge and expertise will help us meet our critical objective of safe operations everywhere we sail, every day, and on every ship.” Inman’s distinguished career with the U.S. Coast Guard involved leading complex operations across drastically different geographic areas including the Caribbean Sea, Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, and North Pacific Ocean. His day-to-day work life involved commanding multiple Coast Guard vessels and their crews, overseeing emergency search and rescue missions and spearheading intense international law enforcement efforts including counter drug, human smuggling and mass migration. He also helped plan and expand Coast Guard operations in the Arctic, influencing national level policy and decisions. Inman’s in-depth knowledge of maritime operations in Alaska will continue to provide Windstar with significant advantages for any upcoming Alaskan itineraries, which begin in May 2018. Having served as the Captain of the Port for Southeast Alaska, Sector Juneau – an area known for its limited port facilities while remaining a number one cruise ship destination with over 1 million passengers visiting the region yearly – Inman oversaw more than 12,000 miles of coastline and was responsible for all marine safety, law enforcement matters, environmental protection policies, aids to navigations, and national security issues. Most recently, Inman worked for Holland America Group for five-and-a-half years, focusing on safety, occupational safety and environmental issues for a fleet of more than 30 cruise ships. Inman also led the marine safety investigation program while at the cruise line and played a key role in supervising emergency response, maritime regulatory audits, environmental compliance and safety management systems. Educated at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science and a Master of Science in Telecommunications Systems Management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Inman is also an associate fellow of The Nautical Institute and a board member for both the Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network and The Puget Sound Maritime Historic Society and Youth Maritime Training Association. Inman joins the 130 employees on the Windstar corporate team, based at the Seattle headquarters for the six-ship fleet, which offers more than 300 cruises annually sailing to 170 ports worldwide. To learn more about Windstar Cruises, visit www.windstarcruises.com.  About Windstar Cruises Windstar Cruises operates a six-ship fleet of small sailing and all-suite ships visiting 170 ports throughout Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, the Panama Canal, sailing year-round in Tahiti and the South Pacific, and adding newly announced Alaska, Canada, New England, Asia and Arabia. The boutique cruise line is the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation and the small ships are known for offering an intimate private yacht-style experience, unique itineraries and exclusive access to the world’s best small ports and hidden harbors. Windstar’s fleet is the market leader in boutique small ship cruising with a total of 1,242 passenger berths. All ships in the fleet have recently undergone multi-million dollar transformations to embody casually elegant small ship travel. The all-suite Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride serve 212 guests in all-suite accommodations; while sailing ships Wind Spirit and Wind Star sail with up to 148 guests, and Wind Surf serves 310 guests. The small ships cruise to hundreds of quaint and popular ports worldwide. Windstar Cruises is a part of Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, known for “Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint.” Xanterra’s entities also include lodges, restaurants, tours and activities in national and state parks, as well as resorts, railway and tour companies. More information: www.windstarcruises.com.last_img read more