Real Madrid will be without midfielder Isco for a spell after the club confirmed he has suffered a hamstring strain.The 27-year-old made his second appearance of the season as he started Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Real Valladolid.He was, however, forced off in the 68th minute due to injury and is now set for a spell on the sidelines with Madrid announcing on Wednesday that the Spaniard is struggling with a muscle problem. 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 A timescale has yet to be revealed although, depending on the severity of the problem, it could well be that the Spain international is out for as much as four weeks.A statement on the club’s official website read: “After the tests carried out today by the Real Madrid Medical Services, our player Isco has been diagnosed with a muscular injury in the right femoral biceps. His recovery will continue to be monitored.”The good news for Los Blancos is that Isco’s injury has come shortly before the international break, giving him an extended period to recover.He is, however, now the sixth Real player to pick up a muscle injury already this season with Ferland Mendy, Brahim Diaz, James Rodriguez and Rodrygo all suffering similar issues.Eden Hazard has also been unable to make his first-team debut due to a hamstring injury that has seen him miss his side’s opening matches of the 2019-20 season.Spanish forward Marco Asensio is another who is sidelined having suffered a cruciate ligament injury in a pre-season friendly meeting with Arsenal.As a result, Zinedine Zidane faces selection issues with his squad looking so thin ahead of Sunday’s visit of Villarreal.Los Blancos kicked off their season with a 3-1 win over Celta Vigo, with goals from Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Lucas Vazquez securing the three points despite a second-half red card for Luka Modric.They were, however, held by Valladolid in a shock result at the Bernabeu, with Benzema’s 82nd-minute opener cancelled out by Sergi Guardiola.After facing Villarreal on September 1, Madrid will then have a break 14 days before their next fixture against Levante, where Hazard could well make his competitive debut for the club.
“The fresh funds would allow us to assist mixed populations – refugees and returnees – fleeing the Ivoirian conflict,” said a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Kris Janowski. “The humanitarian situation remains very preoccupying in a region where conflicts and instability are rife.”UNHCR said thousands of Ivoirians, as well as Liberians living in Côte d’Ivoire, have fled to neighbouring countries, including strife-torn Liberia where conditions are also extremely difficult. The agency is assisting 120,000 persons directly affected by the conflict among them 42,000 Ivorian refugees mainly in Liberia and Guinea.New camps need to be established in Liberia, where the security situation at the border is currently hampering our relief efforts, said UNHCR. In Guinea urgent site rehabilitation or extension is also needed to cater for the new influx.The $29 million appeal will constitute UNHCR’s portion of the UN consolidated appeal for the Ivoirian crisis, due to come out shortly. Last December, the agency launched an initial appeal of $6.1 million for three months.