Mbappe ruled out for four weeks with hamstring injury

first_imgParis Saint-Germain have confirmed Kylian Mbappe will be out for around four weeks after he suffered a hamstring injury on Sunday.The 20-year-old attacker’s 100th appearance in Ligue 1 ended prematurely as he was forced off in the second half of the 4-0 win over Toulouse at Parc des Princes.He was the third PSG player to have to go off injured in the match, with Edinson Cavani taken off in the early stages of the game, while Abdou Diallo was replaced by Thiago Silva in the first-half. 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 And PSG have confirmed that Mbappe will be out for around a month after having tests on his injury.”Kylian Mbappé injured his left hamstring yesterday,” a statement on PSG’s website read. “This morning’s tests confirm an absence of four weeks depending on the recovery.”Cavani was revealed to have suffered an adductor injury as he pulled up after just 11 minutes against Toulouse and was replaced by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who went on to score twice.Scans on the Uruguayan’s hip showed his injury is slightly less severe than Mbappe’s, however, as he is expected back a week earlier than his team-mate.”Cavani, who also injured during Sunday night’s game at the right hip, had an MRI scan this morning,” PSG’s statement added. “The recovery time will be refined in the coming days but is not expected before three weeks.”Meanwhile, Diallo has received some positive news as the examination on the 23-year-old centre-back’s eye injury was “reassuring”.The reigning Ligue 1 champions are still without Brazilian star Neymar, who has been left out of the squad for all three games so far amid constant links to a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid.Coach Thomas Tuchel said in the build up to Sunday’s clash that Neymar can return to the team once his situation is solved and reiterated after the game that he wants a swift resolution.”Leonardo knows that I want to keep him,” Tuchel said. “But that doesn’t depend only on him. The situation is not very clear, yes. And we must clear it up.”PSG’s next game is away to Metz on Friday before the start of the international break.last_img read more

‘Willian suffered with Neymar & Hazard’

first_imgWillian has “suffered” from playing in the same teams as Eden Hazard and Neymar, claims Pat Nevin, but the Chelsea winger is now showing that he can be a star for club and country in his own right.The Brazil international has always been a useful asset for the Blues and Selecao, and his ability has never been questioned, with a healthy contribution of goals and assists having been offered at Stamford Bridge and for a demanding South American nation.Willian has, however, often found himself being forced to operate in the shadow of more illustrious colleagues. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The 31-year-old has been freed, though, at Chelsea by the summer of sale of Hazard to Real Madrid, while Neymar has seen injury struggles disrupt his involvement with Brazil.Willian is considered to be thriving with added responsibility, with former Blues winger Nevin telling the club’s official website: “The final joyous recovery is of course Willian who has been sparkling of late.“He was getting the bird for a while too but I have my suspicions for the reasons why. His work load and schedule has been ridiculous for years with the travelling back to Brazil to play in their myriad games from World Cup qualifiers, Copa America and all the final tournaments themselves. He has had very little rest time for quite a few seasons now and I think you could see the wear and tear affecting him.“His game isn’t that of a winger only, he always works back as well and with both Brazil and Chelsea in the last few years he has suffered from playing on the ‘other’ wing to one of the best players in the world (Neymar and Hazard). Neither of those two players are noted for their covering back, so as the other winger you have to compensate and do more work.“I am not surprised Willian is having a good time. A little less pressure from the national side, more time on the ball now that Eden has gone, a manager who encourages constant attacking play which suits him and now the fans giving him all the backing. This could well be a golden season for the 31-year-old in a Chelsea shirt, just as everyone else is talking about the kids.”Tammy Abraham Chelsea 09282019Frank Lampard is putting his faith in youth at Chelsea, with the likes of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount benefiting from a change in approach by a west London giant.Nevin is delighted to see patience being rewarded, with the process of getting academy graduates into the senior side not as easy as many like to make out.“They are the product of not being rushed when they weren’t ready,” added Nevin.“Tammy, for example, had to fill out physically and learn the game out on loan. He did that in a well-structured and orderly way. His technical ability improved, he learned about the pressures and how to cope with them and had a good look at how tough it is in other divisions and at the wrong end of the table.“He has come back with the equivalent of an honours degree in men’s first-team football. So, yes, he has been given a chance but do not ignore all the work and consideration put into the development at every stage.“For years we all had to put up with the sniping about the size of Chelsea’s on-loan troupe and how the club was getting it so wrong. We are not really hearing much of that now are we? It was probably difficult for the club to stay focused, stick with and believe in that method when the flak was flying but to their credit they did so.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Six Reasons to Visit Indonesia Aboard a Star Clippers Tall Ship

first_imgMiami, FL (February 2018) — Few countries offer more cultural and geographic diversity than Indonesia. Comprised of some 17,000 islands—fewer than half of which are inhabited by people speaking more than 300 languages—Indonesia is by far the largest and most varied archipelago on earth. It also spans two continents, covering almost 773,000 square miles between Asia and Australia. From the bustling capital city of Jakarta to the exotic Komodo Island where dragons still roam to the dramatic beaches of Bali, Indonesia offers an experience to fit just about every travelers’ bucket list. Star Clippers starts and ends its Indonesia sailing season with epic, 14-night sailings between Singapore and Bali, and in the months of May through October offer an assortment of seven-, 10- and 11-night sailings round trip from Bali covering East and West coast Indonesia. Following are six great reasons why a Star Clippers sailing in the waters around Indonesia aboard a majestic tall ship is the ideal way to discover the color, culture and diversity of this unique country.Go Island Hopping: On all of its Indonesian sailings, the Star Clipper visits multiple islands, ensuring guests a well-rounded view of this large and complex nation. Travelers can experience lively Java, the world’s most populous island and home to the capital city of Jakarta, as well as tiny, uninhabited Satonda, an island believed by locals to be sacred and surrounded by coral reefs ideal for snorkeling and diving. Star Clippers Indonesian sailings also visit Bali, Lombok, Komodo, Bangka, Giligenteng, Sumba, Sumbawa and Thousand Islands.Walk with Dragons: Star Clippers’ 7- nights Eastbound Bali, and the 10- and 11- nights sailings pay a visit to Komodo Island, home to the fierce and aptly named Komodo dragon—earth’s largest lizard, which can grow to an amazing 10 feet in length. Guests can visit the national park here, which was founded in 1980 with the aim of preserving this unique lizard and its habitat, and if they’re lucky, spot one of these fearsome creatures in its natural environment.Beach It: The beaches of Indonesia are as varied as its cultures. Located on Bali’s north shore, Lovina Beach is known for its dramatic black sand and calm seas that are ideal for swimming. On Komodo Island, Pink Beach, or Pantai Merah to the locals, is one of only seven pink sand beaches on the planet. The amazing color here comes from microscopic animals called Foraminifera which leave a red pigment on the coral reefs. Pink Beach is bounded by turquoise blue sea and is known to be one of the best spot for snorkeling on the island.Get a Fresh Perspective: Indonesia’s varied topography, which ranges from densely forested volcanic mountains to shallow seas covering brightly colored coral reefs, is one of the many natural assets that draw visitors to its shores. Some of the best views of these incredible vistas can be had from the deck of a tall ship as it sails through the island chains. For the ultimate long view, brave guests are invited climb the ship’s rigging to the crow’s nest—located almost 100 feet in the air.Explore More: Travelers yearning to extend their Indonesian getaway and further explore the beautiful island of Bali can add a pre- or post-cruise land tour package with Star Clippers. A four-day, three-night package at the Nusa Dua Beach Resort includes hotel, breakfast and lunches, a full day Spirit of Belimbing Tour and a full day Balinese Culinary Experience. A similar but shorter, three-day, two-night package is also available. Both are available pre- or post-sailing, giving guests flexibility in their travel plans.Book Now and Save: Guests booking select seven-, 10- and 11-night Indonesia sailings will receive an $800 air credit per cabin, $500 onboard credit per cabin and 15% off cruise fares on consecutive sailings. This offer is good on a range of sailings from June through September 2018 with rates starting as low as $995 per person based on double occupancy. For more than 25 years, Star Clippers has been introducing travelers to the thrill of modern tall ship sailing to remote ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indonesia and Far East. The company operates three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels: Star Clipper and Star Flyer are traditional clipper ships with modern amenities carrying 170 guests, while the 227-guest Royal Clipper holds the Guinness World Record for being the largest and only five-masted, full-rigged sailing ship in service today. All three ships have expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, convivial tropical bars on deck and piano lounges.  The brand’s newest vessel, Flying Clipper, will debut in late 2018. For more information or to make a booking, contact your travel agent, or call 800-442-0551 or visit www.starclippers.com.last_img read more