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Messi expects brief injury absence

first_imgLionel Messi expects to be out of action for “a little while” after suffering a calf injury during Barcelona training on Monday.The Argentina star sustained a grade one strain to his right calf muscle in his first session back with La Liga’s champions after his post-Copa America holiday.The 32-year-old will miss Barca’s pre-season trip to the United States while he recovers from the problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks 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? Although Barca have not put a timeframe on his recovery, Messi does not seem to think the injury will keep him sidelined for long.”I was looking forward to starting and unfortunately I had an accident in the first training session that will leave me out for a little while,” he wrote on Instagram.”I’m grateful for all your messages and displays of affection, I wanted to be with the team and with the people who follow us in the USA.”It wasn’t to be this time, but we’ll see each other again soon. A hug to everyone.”Barca face Napoli in Miami and Ann Arbor this week in the final stretch of their pre-season duties.They begin their league title defence away to Athletic Bilbao on August 16.Messi has vowed that the Blaugrana will look to challenge on all fronts in the 2019-20 campaign, with there a desire on the part of everyone at Camp Nou to chase down major honours at home and abroad.He said 12 months ago that the Champions League would be a top priority for Ernesto Valverde’s side, but has no regrets at making that statement and has reiterated that silverware is a must once more.Messi told supporters ahead of a friendly date with Arsenal: “It’s hard to say something after last season, but I don’t regret anything.“But I have no doubt that together we are going to fight again for everything. We won eight League titles in 11 years. We do not give it the value it deserves but over the years we will see how difficult it was.“This club fights for everything and this year will be no different. We have renewed dreams. Visca Barca and Visca Catalunya!”last_img read more

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Agree with Sourav Ganguly, India need to pick a core group for all formats: Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgAgree with Sourav Ganguly, India need to pick a core group for all formats: Ajinkya RahaneSpeaking to India Today, senior India batsman Ajinkya Rahane said that players need to be consistently backed at the international level and that a core group will only benefit the team.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 10, 2019UPDATED: August 10, 2019 16:12 IST Ajinkya Rahane was left out of India’s ODI and T20I squads in the ongoing tour of West Indies (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRahane said a core group of players for all 3 formats will only benefit the teamRahane last played limited-overs cricket for India in February 2018I know, if one can play Test cricket perfectly, he can fit into any format: Rahane to India TodayIndia’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has said he believes a good Test player can easily adapt to 50-overs and T20 cricket while insisting on the need for the senior national team to pick a core group across formats.Ajinkya Rahane, speaking to TVTN News Director Rahul Kanwal for India Today’s Jab We Met, said that he endorses Sourav Ganguly’s views on picking more all-format players for India cricket team.Rahane’s comments come after Ganguly said time had come for the selectors to pick a few players and give them opportunities to consistently play all three formats at the international level. The former India captain had expressed surprise at the absence of Ajinkya Rahane and Shubman Gill from India’s limited-overs squads for the ongoing tour of West Indies.Taking to Twitter last month, Ganguly had said: “There are many in the squad who can play all formats ..surprised not to see shubman gill ..Rahane in the one day squad..(sic).”Time has come for Indian selectors to pick same players in all formats of the game for rhythm and confidence.. too few are playing in all formats ..great teams had consistent players ..it’s not about making all happy but picking the best for the country and be consistent.”Good to have a core group: RahaneRahane insisted that players tend to become more confident if they get the backing of the team to play multiple formats and opined that players tend to find it difficult to ajust on return from a 3 to 4-month absence from international cricket.advertisement”It’s very important to be consistent. It’s good to have a core group. Dada had talked about the importance of having a core group across the 3 different formats. I always believed in that. When you have consistency, players tend to become more confident,” Ajinkya Rahane said.”If you have the same core group, it gives the players confidence and belief that the team is backing them. It’s definitely good for the team,” the India star added.”When you’re playing ODI cricket and Test cricket consistently for a few months, you can easily get to know how to adapt and take your game forward. It becomes a different ball game when you’re not playing for 3-4 months at the international formats.”If one can play Test cricket well, he can fit into any format: RahaneRahane, meanwhile, insisted that his approach to the game is unique and added that the selectors need to be consistent when it comes to backing a player at the highest level.”I think my approach is different from the current generation players’ approach. But, I always focus on evolving with the game. You can be stranded behind. I think even Test matches run rate is become important. So you have to play your shots. I know, if one can play Test cricket well, he can fit into any format,” Rahane added.”If your technique is solid, you can easily adapt to to 50-over and T20I cricket. If you’re coming from T20I cricket to Tests, it can be a bit challenging when it comes to controlling shots,”I have always believed in consistency. Consistency is key. If you’re backing a player, you need to be consistent with him.”Rahane, who shone in his maiden county stint for Hampshire in May and July will return to the international fold when India begin their World Test Championship campaign in the West Indies later this month. Rahane has been named as the vice-captain for the 2-Test series, starting August 22.Also Read | Rahkeem Cornwall: Tall and imposing West Indies all-rounder set to face India in Test seriesAlso Read | No Chris Gayle for West Indies in Test series vs IndiaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Ajinkya RahaneFollow India national cricket teamFollow World Test ChampionshipFollow India tour of West Indies 2019last_img read more