Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte has flown to Barcelona to undergo further tests on his injured knee, Goal can confirm.The 25-year-old was taken off on a stretcher after colliding with Brighton’s Adam Webster in the first half of City’s 4-0 victory on Saturday.He was taken to hospital after the incident, with Pep Guardiola admitting that he feared that Laporte would be out for ‘a while’. 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 “I think he’s gone to hospital. It doesn’t look good,” the City boss told reporters after an otherwise routine win at the Emirates.“I don’t know right now what he has but we will know tomorrow. They’re diagnosing what he has right now.“I’m waiting for the doctor to call me. He might be out for a while.”The exact extent of the injury is still to be confirmed, with an update expected to come from the club in the coming days.Laporte is now in Spain to see Dr Ramon Cugat, who is the club’s preferred specialist and has worked with Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy in recent seasons.Mendy, who suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in his first season, following his £49 million ($59m) move from Monaco, spent the summer with Dr Cugat after suffering a setback last summer.He has now returned to full training and is set to be available for Guardiola after the international break.City have already suffered a major injury setback this season with winger Leroy Sane rupturing ligaments in the Community Shield victory over Liverpool in August.Sane decided against being treated by Dr Cugat, instead travelling to Austria to be treated by Dr Christian Fink, a specialist he has worked with in the past during his time in Germany.Dr Fink has also worked with Bayern Munich, who were linked with a move for the 23-year-old for much of the summer and could yet try to sign in the January transfer window.Second in the Premier League table and two points behind leaders Liverpool, Guardiola’s side next face a trip to Norwich to face the newly-promoted Canaries at Carrow Road. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
13th November 2018 – Fred. Olsen is offering guests the chance to relive history in 2021 as it launches its second sailing of the Corinth Canal, with the cruise line set to break a world record with its inaugural Corinth Canal sailing in 2019. Next year, 924-passenger Braemar is set to break the world record for the longest ship ever to traverse the Corinth Canal in Greece as the ship embarks on a sold-out cruise around the stunning Greek Islands. Now Fred. Olsen is offering guests a second chance to experience the momentous occasion by launching its second ‘Greek Islands & Corinth Canal’ sailing well in advance of its 2020/21 cruise programme being released. This exciting cruise will go on sale exclusively to the various levels of Fred. Olsen’s loyalty scheme, Oceans, from 19th to 21st November 2018, before it is released onto general sale on 27th November 2018. Clare Ward, Director of Product and Customer Service, said: “This is set to be such an exciting sailing in 2019 – and indeed a milestone in our history – and as such we knew that we wanted to give more of our guests the opportunity to experience it. “At Fred. Olsen, we strive to create memories that last a lifetime – and with guests aboard 196-metre Braemar set to be so close to the edges of the canal that they could almost touch the rock faces, we know it is a trip that will remain fondly in the memories of our guests. “We have already had an exceptionally high amount of interest in future Corinth Canal cruises, with our previous sailing already sold-out, so I would urge anyone wishing to join us on this venture to book at the earliest possible opportunity.” Full details of Fred. Olsen’s second ‘Corinth Canal’ sailing are as follows: Braemar’s 25-night M2109 ‘Greek Islands & Corinth Canal’ cruise, ex Southampton, UK, on 16th April 2021. Prices start from £3,999 per person. Ports of call: Southampton, UK – Malaga, Andalusia, Spain – Valletta, Malta – Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece – Rhodes, Greece – Ermoupoli, Syros, Greece – Cruising Corinth Canal – Patras, Greece (overnight stay) – Katakolon, Greece – Argostoli, Kefallonia, Greece – Cruising Strait of Messina – Cruising by Stromboli – Trapani, Sicily, Italy – Ibiza, Spain – Cartagena, Spain – Lisbon, Portugal – Southampton, UK The price shown is based on two adults sharing a twin-bedded Interior Room, and includes accommodation, all meals and entertainment, plus port taxes. The M2109 ‘Greek Islands and Corinth Canal’ cruise is the second sailing from Fred. Olsen’s 2020/21 cruise programme to be made available for early booking. In early November, the cruise line launched its L2026 ‘American Waterways in the Fall with New York’ sailing aboard its flagshipBalmoral. For more details on this cruise, visit L2026 American Waterways in the Fall with New York Fred. Olsen will be launching its full ocean cruise programme for 2020/21 in March 2019. Fred. Olsen is proud to have been crowned ‘Best for Itineraries’ by Cruise Critic experts in the prestigious ‘UK Editors’ Picks Awards 2017’ – for a record three years in a row. For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website at http://www.fredolsencruises.com/agent or call the Trade Support Team on 01473 746164.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFloyd Reifer takes over from Richard Pybus as West Indies interim coachApril 12, 2019In “latest news”Ricky Skerritt announces challenge to Cameron CWI presidencyFebruary 22, 2019In “latest news”CWI asked to ‘rescind’ Pybus’ appointmentJanuary 9, 2019In “latest news” Mandate the recently revised fitness and conditioning policyEstablish a comprehensive stakeholder communications & accountability protocolIncorporate Human Resource best practicesAccept candidates identified to undergo a thorough recruitment process for filling the selectors’ positions for limited termsAppoint one white-ball captain, as a medium to long term selection strategy(ESPNCricinfo) West Indies might have a regular head coach soon, with the board suggesting the recruitment process to find the right person for the job has begun. Former captain Floyd Reifer has been filling in as caretaker boss since Richard Pybus’ sacking in April, but Cricket West Indies is hopeful it can find a more permanent solution by the time the men’s team plays Afghanistan in November.On Monday, CWI announced a new selection structure and policy as well as the appointment of Kieron Pollard as the new captain of the West Indies white-ball squads, replacing Jason Holder in ODIs and Carlos Brathwaite in T20Is. This came after a “comprehensive review” into the selection process and system for all West Indies cricket, conducted by a task force set up by the Ricky Skerritt regime, with recommendations approved by the CWI board of directors at their quarterly meeting, held for the first time in Tobago on September 7 and 8.A CWI statement said that the task force carried out a “four-month review” and “benchmarked cricket selection systems around the world and incorporated feedback and contributions from current and former players, coaches, administrators, franchise CEOs and nearly 2,700 fans across the Caribbean”. The board will now seek applications, via an advertisement, for the head coach position. Applications need to come in before September 20.CWI further said that its new selection system will “introduce new team-specific selection panels for the West Indies men’s and women’s and youth teams”, comprising “an executive selector (lead selector), a selector and head coach”.The statement added: “The full-time selectors will be supported by a selection analyst to provide performance data to support selection considerations plus a minimum of three scouts to ensure cricketers throughout the region are closely watched and evaluated.“A modernised, transparent selection policy will see players selected against six criteria: form and performance, fitness (based on a new approved fitness and conditioning policy), team balance, mental capacity, technical ability and commitment. The playing XIs will then be selected by the executive selector, head coach and captain.”“The end product in the form of eight major recommendations is grounded in a comprehensive methodology encompassing the feedback of some 2700 stakeholders,” Kishore Shallow, the CWI vice-president, said in a statement. “This is a defining document that represents momentous progress for West Indies cricket.”Main recommendations of the task forceImplement a new structure of team-specific selection panelsDedicate the services of a data-based Selection analyst to the panelsAccept and Implement a new selection policy (based on form and performance, fitness, team balance, mental capacity, technical ability and commitment)