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has pulled out of the Germany squad for the Euro 2020 qualifying games against Belarus and Estonia due to injury and been replaced by Sven Ulreich.Leno, 27, was on the bench for Arsenal as they went down 4-1 to Chelsea in the Europa League final on Wednesday, but has been struggling with a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

Group collects bras for a cause

The CIBC Run for the Cure Simcoe is looking for a special kind of support.The organization with be holding a Bra Day, collecting bras for a cause. Organizers are hoping to receive new or gently used bras to be donated to local women in need.“It’s our twentieth anniversary and we just wanted to do something to give back to the community,” said Gail Catherwood, an organizer of the event.Anyone hoping to donate can go to the bright pink tent that will be set up beside Bev’s Chip Wagon on Culver Street in Simcoe on Aug. 21. Donations will be collected from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Bras that are donated will be sorted at the Norfolk Association for Community Living, and then distributed to organizations such as the Pregnancy Centre and women’s shelter.Pickup locations for anyone looking to receive one of the donated bras will be posted on the CIBC Run for the Cure Simcoe Facebook page.astaylor@postmedia.com read more