Goalkeeper Bernd Leno has pulled out of the Germany squad for the Euro 2020 qualifying games against Belarus and Estonia due to injury and been replaced by Sven Ulreich.Leno, 27, was on the bench for Arsenal as they went down 4-1 to Chelsea in the Europa League final on Wednesday, but has been struggling with a ligament injury in his thumb for several weeks.”I know that Bernd has been in pain for weeks, his thumb is immobilised with a splint, so we’ll have to do without him in the upcoming internationals,” said Germany goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? The shot-stopper has not featured for Germany since December 2017, with captain Manuel Neuer still first choice and Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Kevin Trapp competing for a place on the bench.With Barcelona star Ter Stegen out injured, Leno had been called up alongside Neuer and Trapp for the games on June 8 and June 11, but his withdrawal means Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich has been given a spot in the squad for the first time.Ulreich stepped into Neuer’s place at Bayern towards the end of the season as the latter struggled with a muscle injury. Ulreich made nine appearances in the Bundesliga as the Bavarian side claimed a seventh straight title and Kopke is convinced he will be a fine replacement for Leno.”Sven deserves this call,” he added. “When he was needed this season, he was there and put in top performances at Bayern, which is a great quality.”Kopke will act as assistant to Marcus Sorg for the upcoming games in the absence of Germany manager Joachim Low.After suffering an accident, Low has been told to rest for a few weeks by his doctor, meaning he will miss the trip to Borisov as well as the meeting with Estonia in Mainz.”I’m feeling very well again, but I have to rest a bit in the next four weeks,” the coach told the German Football Association’s website this week.”I’m in constant contact with my coaching team, and we’ll be in close contact with each other around the two matches. Sorg, Kopke and Oliver Bierhoff have a lot of experience together and together we will bridge this short break.”
The province is protecting more than 24 hectares of natural habitat and valuable shoreline along Bras d’Or Lake. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau announced the creation of the Mary Harper Nature Reserve today, Oct. 12. “I’m pleased that we are protecting a beautiful and important piece of our province,” said Mr. Belliveau. “I congratulate the Bras d’Or Preservation Nature Trust for their efforts to preserve this land and its wildlife for future generations.” The Mary Harper Nature Reserve lies between Highway 105 and Bras d’Or Lake, between Nyanza and Baddeck. It is named for the property owner who donated the land to the Bras d’Or Preservation Nature Trust in 1993. The trust requested it be designated as a nature preserve. “This is wonderful news,” said Grosvenor Blair of the Bras d’Or Preservation Nature Trust. “The designation of these lands as a provincial nature reserve is a very fitting tribute to Mary Harper and her love of Bras d’Or Lake.” A nature reserve is the highest form of legal protection that can be placed on conservation land. The land will continue to be owned by the trust. The 24.3 hectares of protected land brings Nova Scotia closer to meeting its goal to legally protect 12 per cent of its land by 2015. Consultation to choose which lands should be considered to meet the goal is ongoing. For more information, visit www.gov.ns.ca/nse/12percent .