Leno pulls out of Germany squad with injury

first_imgGoalkeeper 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has pulled out of the Germany squad for the Euro 2020 qualifying games against Belarus and Estonia due to injury and been replaced by Sven Ulreich.Leno, 27, was on the bench for Arsenal as they went down 4-1 to Chelsea in the Europa League final on Wednesday, but has been struggling with a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.”last_img read more

Food Security Receives New Investment

first_imgMaking healthier foods more readily available to more Nova Scotians is the aim of a $40,000 investment from Nova Scotia Health Promotion. The funding will be used to support various food security initiatives around the province. Food security is a term used to describe the availability of nutritious, safe, economical foods for all Nova Scotians and it is a priority in the Healthy Eating Nova Scotia Strategy. “Providing access to healthy, affordable food is an important issue to the overall health of our province,” Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald said today, Sept. 26. “It’s not enough to tell people to eat their vegetables. Instead we have to look at why they are not eating them. This investment will help do that.” Funding will be used to hire a co-ordinator to support the work of the provincial Food Security Projects steering committee, facilitate the production of handbooks and resource materials for the public, and organize workshops that will bring interested groups together to develop tools on how food security can become a reality for everyone. “The investment made by Nova Scotia Health Promotion in food security is important,” said Patricia Williams, assistant professor of applied human nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University. “When people from government and communities work together, great things happen at the community level.”last_img read more