FA: CUP Man City in FA Cup Stroll, Minnows Knock…

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola may have made eight changes from the team that beat Premier League leaders Liverpool on Thursday but still fielded a strong side for the visit of Championship side Rotherham, with Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus all starting as playmaker Kevin De Bruyne returned from injury.Sterling made it 1-0 in the 12th minute and City then scored twice in the closing stages of the first half.Phil Foden, the England Under-21 international, got on the end of a cross from Ilkay Gundogan in the 43rd minute to score his first home goal for City before Rotherham defender Semi Ajayi turned the ball into his own net.Jesus made it 4-0 early in the second half before Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane added further goals.“We are going to try and do well in every competition we play in,” Guardiola told the BBC.Turning to Foden, he added: “He missed some simple passes and he needs to be solid but he is young. When he attacks the central defenders he is incredible.”On Saturday, FA Cup holders Chelsea cruised to a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in what seems certain to have been Cesc Fabregas’s final match for the Blues.It was the same result as Manchester United beat Reading to make it five wins out of five under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Arsenal, the record 13-times FA Cup winners, won 3-0 at Blackpool, West Ham beat Birmingham 2-0 and Everton defeated Lincoln 2-1.Saturday also saw Championship club Bristol City beat top-flight basement club Huddersfield 1-0.Elsewhere, in an all-Premier League clash, Brighton won 3-1 away to south coast rivals Bournemouth.Second division Derby, managed by ex-England midfielder Frank Lampard, came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Premier League strugglers Southampton.Newcastle were also held to a draw, 1-1 against second-tier Blackburn.For Leicester, it was Jamille Matt’s perfectly placed header after a pulsating run and cross from Robbie Willmott gave the Exiles the advantage against a side 74 places above them in the football leagues.Marc Albrighton hit the crossbar and Newport goalkeeper Joe Day produced a string of saves before Rachid Ghezzai smashed the Foxes level.However, Amond’s 85th-minute penalty after Albrighton’s handball sent the crowd into raptures as Newport produced one of the greatest results in their history.It is not an exaggeration to say Newport and Leicester are at completely opposite ends of the footballing scale. The year Leicester stunned the world under Claudio Ranieri to win the Premier League, Newport finished 22nd in League Two.The enormity of the achievement was shown in scenes of jubilation at full-time as Newport’s players sank to their knees and punched the air in delight while their fans went wild.Manager Michael Flynn hugged assistant Wayne Hatswell and his mentor, veteran manager Lennie Lawrence to celebrate a seismic result for the city.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Premier League champions Manchester City began their FA Cup campaign with a 7-0 thrashing of Rotherham yesterday but Fulham, battling to avoid relegation from English football’s top-flight, were beaten 2-1 by fourth-tier Oldham.Similarly, Newport County dumped 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City out of the competition at a raucous Rodney Parade thanks to Padraig Amond’s late penalty.Barnet ensured there would be a non-league presence in the fourth round with a 1-0 win away to second-tier Championship club Sheffield United.last_img read more

Evacuation Emergency Training Drill to Impact Thurston County Facilities

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of County CommissionersAll Thurston County offices and departments will briefly close on Thursday, August 15, at 1:15 p.m. for an evacuation emergency training drill. County employees will be asked to evacuate the buildings during the drill. The drills are expected to last 15-20 minutes. During the drill, courthouse visitors will be given an explanation of what is happening, and the choice to wait in gathering areas or in their vehicles until the drill is over.What: Evacuation Emergency Training DrillWhere: All Thurston County FacilitiesWhen: Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 1:15 p.m.Duration: 15-20 minutes“These drills are an important part of our service to the public,” said County Manager Ramiro Chavez.  “When we need to evacuate the buildings quickly and safely, it is important we get it right. To do this, we must practice our reaction to ensure everyone knows where to exit and where to go to be at a safe distance from the buildings.”County staff will be located both inside and outside the buildings to assist the public during the drills.Featured photo credit: Diane Waistelast_img read more

Ice rebound after collaspe to blast Blazers 10-2

first_imgBy Daily News StaffSimilar to the way the Team Canada Juniors turned gold into silver at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships last week in Buffalo, NY, the Kootenay Ice let one slip away.Thompson Blazers played the role of Team Russia, scoring five third-period goals en route to a 7-4 victory over Kootenay in B.C. Major Midget Hockey League action Saturday night in Nelson.Kootenay rebounded Sunday, blasting the Blazers 10-2 behind the Felix Larouche led the comeback for the Blazers, scoring twice in the frame.Paulsen Lautard of Midway, Nolan Taylor of Nelson, Castlegar’s Jesse Knowler and Luke Bertolucci of Trail scored for Kootenay, which held period leads of 3-1 and 4-2.Jarrod Schamerhorn of Kelowna was in net for the third-period collapse of the Ice.Sunday it was all Ice as Kootenay jumped to a 5-0 first period lead en route to the lopsided win.Derek Georgopoulos of Cranbrook led the Ice with two goals with singles going to Jake Lucchini of Trail, Riley Ostoforoff of Castlegar, Jacob Boyczuk and Scott Davidson of Trail, Taylor, Lautard, Bertolucci and Nelson’s Dryden Hunt. Christian Pickles had an easy time in the nets for Kootenay.The weekend split foiled an opportunity for Kootenay to climb the BCMMHL standings.The Ice, 6-14-6 on the season, trail North Island Silvertips for ninth in the 11-team league Vancouver Northeast Chiefs by eight points in the race for the final playoff spot.
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RALIS, TOUGH IT OUT, GOLD RUSH DANCER & MIDNIGHT MING ALL PROMINENT IN $200,000 SNOW CHIEF STAKES AT 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA

first_img                RALIS: A winner of Saratoga’s Grade I, seven furlong Hopeful Stakes on Sept. 7, Reddam Racing’s homebred colt by Square Eddie, out of the Ten Most Wanted mare Silar Rules, has been winless in five subsequent graded stakes assignments and is taking a massive drop in class in the Snow Chief–his first-ever try on turf. Far back early in the Grade III Pat Day Mile (one turn) at Churchill Downs May 7, Ralis ran his best race since the Hopeful two starts back, as he finished fifth, beaten three quarters of a length, in the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles Spiral Stakes on synthetic Polytrack April 2 at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky. Trained by Doug O’Neill, Ralis is the leading money earner in the Snow Chief field, as he has earnings of $290,923 from an overall mark of 10-2-1-0. SNOW CHIEF IS ONE OF FIVE STATE-BRED OR SIRED STAKES ON CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY GOLD RUSH DANCER: Second, beaten 4 ½ lengths by Tough It Out in the 6 ½ furlong Echo Eddie Stakes here April 9, Gold Rush Dancer turned the tables in the one mile turf Silky Sullivan at Golden Gate Fields May 1, winning by 1 ¼ lengths under Flavien Prat, who will ride back on Saturday. By Private Gold and out of the In Excess mare Dances On Water, Gold Rush Dancer is owned by his breeder, John Parker and is conditioned by Vann Belvoir. Originally stabled at Emerald Downs near Seattle, Gold Rush Dancer is well-seasoned and has an overall mark of 10-3-3-2, with earnings of $184,423. An easy minor stakes winner going 1 1/16 miles at Emerald in his fifth start on Sept. 27, Gold Rush Dancer has the credentials to be a solid contender here in the Snow Chief. Ralis–Mario Gutierrez–124The Big Train–Santiago Gonzalez–120Glory Bound–Edwin Maldonado–120Midnight Ming–Rafael Bejarano–120Tough It Out–Joe Talamo–124Gold Rush Dancer–Flavien Prat–124First post time on Saturday is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com THE $250,000 SNOW CHIEF STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS Race 5 (of 11)                         Approximate post time 4 p.m. PDTcenter_img MIDNIGHT MING: A bay colt by Midnight Lute, he’s owned by his breeders, Jack and Barbara Owens. Third, beaten 2 ½ lengths by Gold Rush Dancer in the aforementioned Silky Sullivan at Golden Gate Fields May 1, Midnight Ming, who had three consecutive second place finishes in Golden Gate allowance sprints coming into the Silky Sullivan, has been winless in six starts since breaking his maiden going six furlongs in his debut at Golden Gate on Nov. 22. Out of the Slewdledo mare, Candi Capri, Midnight Ming is trained by William Morey and will be ridden for the first time by Rafael Bejarano. TOUGH IT OUT: This Nick Alexander homebred gelding by Grazen appeared a bit erratic in running second as the 4-5 favorite in the one mile turf Silky Sullivan Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on May 1. Beaten 1 ¼ lengths by Gold Rush Dancer, Tough It Out, who is out of Alexander’s Marquetry mare, Mark Set Go, appeared to be running in spots the final sixteenth of a mile. A rousing 4 ½ length winner over a sloppy main track of Santa Anita’s 6 ½ furlong Echo Eddie Stakes on April 9, Tough It Out’s only other win came at one mile on turf at Del Mar on Nov. 12. Trained by Phil D’Amato, his overall mark stands at 9-2-2-2, with earnings of $231,790.                 ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2016)–Grade I winner Ralis, Tough It Out and Midnight Ming all loom prominent among a field of six sophomores in the $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes at a mile and one eighth on turf Saturday at Santa Anita.Named for the winner of the 1986 Santa Anita Derby, the Snow Chief was first run in 1994 at Hollywood Park and will be contested for the third consecutive year at Santa Anita on Saturday.last_img read more

Camp Fire aid coming from San Jose Sharks, holiday events

first_imgWhen San Jose resident Ryan Brown brought his nephew, Dillon to see his first Sharks game at SAP Center, he took home a hat as a souvenir of the visit, which took place on his seventh birthday. Sadly, that hat — along with all of Dillon’s and his family’s other possessions — was lost when their home in Paradise was destroyed in the Camp Fire about a week later.When the Sharks heard what happened, the team sent Dillon a letter signed by his two favorite players, Brent Burns and Brenden Dillon, …last_img

Nelson Mandela Bridge goes pink

first_imgAlong with other global landmarks, Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg will be illuminated in pink for the month of October to raise awareness of breast cancer.For the fourth year running, the City of Johannesburg has partnered with international cosmetics company Estée Lauder to highlight breast health and early detection of the disease.October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Nelson Mandela Bridge PINK ILLUMINATION in support of breast cancer awareness drive. #breastcancerawareness ^LM pic.twitter.com/3AbFhVgnsd— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) September 21, 2016“The lighting of the Nelson Mandela Bridge will serve as a reminder that the earlier breast cancer is detected and diagnosed, the better are one’s chances of beating it,” said Dr Mpho Phalatse, the member of the mayoral committee for health and social development.South Africa was ranked 50th on the World Cancer Research Fund list of countries with the highest cancer prevalence rates, the city said.“Breast cancer now represents one in four of all cancers in women and is the most prominent cancer in women worldwide, increasing particularly in developing countries, where the majority of cases are diagnosed in late stages,” said Estée Lauder SA general manager Loren Dreyer.She said calling attention to breast cancer “serves to create a dialogue around taking a conscious interest in one’s health”.Watch:Source: City of JohannesburgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

‘Fadnavis is a symbol of all things wrong with the BJP’

first_imgHailing from a family of staunch Congress supporters, Ashish Deshmukh’s decision to contest the 2014 Assembly polls as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate came as a surprise to many. However he could not adjust to the party and resigned as MLA to return to the Congress before the Lok Sabha polls this year. Though he did not contest those elections, and his Assembly seat went to NCP, the young politician was asked to take on Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Nagpur South West, considered as one of the most difficult seats for the Congress. He tells The Hindu why he feels this is the best opportunity for him, how the CM could not perform despite his five-year mandate, and why senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari is close to him.You are battling one of the toughest battles in the State. What are you telling the voters of Nagpur?Devendra Fadnavis closed down his residence in Nagpur and went to Mumbai five years ago. He has lost touch with the people and is considered an outsider. People here feel neglected. He has lost affection for the city. In last five years as Chief Minister he could not open a single manufacturing unit or big industry in Nagpur. Employment generation is zero. Then what is the use of having a Chief Minister from the city? The economic slowdown has affected existing industries where retrenchment is happening. There is anger against Chief Minister’s policies.Devendra Fadnavis however claims to have brought development to the city. What is your response?He is talking about Nagpur Metro or concrete roads. Did anyone ask for Metro in Nagpur? Where exactly does he want people to go in this Metro? The city already had good roads. Is this the development that a Chief Minister should be talking about? These projects have emptied government treasury. From national level to the State, such wrong policies of the government are putting financial burden on government, banks and ultimately on common people. Maharashtra happened to be the driving force behind country’s growth but now it is in a shambles. Mr. Fadnavis is to be blamed for this. My allegation is that he or the BJP is not at all working to bring prosperity, jobs and wealth in Vidarbha. You quit the BJP at a time when party is at the prime of its performance. Do you ever feel that it was a wrong decision?No. I understand that this is an ideological battle. Nagpur has always been with Gandhi and Ambedkar, never with Hegdewar or Golwalkar. I quit BJP because it is a party of loudmouths who do no work. Congress could not have given me better opportunity. The party is in my blood. Mr. Fadnavis is a symbol of all things wrong with the BJP and I will defeat him.But he has emerged as the strongest leader in the party, be it Nagpur or Maharashtra.That’s the difference between him and leaders like Nitin Gadkari. Mr. Gadkari kept cordial relations with all. On the contrary Mr. Fadnavis was aloof and kept himself busy in enlarging his own image. He will remain alone after elections as he will be defeated. He worked on isolating Mr. Gadkari, (Vinod) Tawde or Chandrashekhar Bawankule. It is going to have a strong reaction from the community that was traditionally with the BJP. While traditional Congress voters are with me, Mr. Fadnavis is going to face troubles due to ongoing Save Merit Save Nation movement.Do you have cordial relations with Nitin Gadkari?Of course. He is the one who helped me in politics. In 2014, I was one of the leading MLAs who made a demand to make him Chief Minister. Everybody knows it. I am sure that he will have his good wishes for me in this election.What is the reason that the issue of separate Vidarbha is missing from this election?I always worked in favour of this demand. I sat on fasts, arranged protests. I felt that BJP is positive on this. But they took no steps in the last five years. They are anti-Vidarbha. CM, while in opposition had moved a Private Member’s Bill for a separate Vidarbha seven times. He too protested, and approached the Centre. But when he was appointed as head of State, he became a Mumbaikar and forgot about Vidarbha. He says he will wait for the right time. I think, it is time to make him sit at home.Nagpur Congress is infested with infighting and groupism. Is the party able to set aside differences and work as a unit?The party is united from Delhi to every gully. We are all working together without any problem. But when a party like BJP which worked for five years only for collecting money is against you, it is obvious that the money will be used for elections. But it is the people who have decided to throw the BJP out.last_img read more

Nuggets rout Raptors with big 3rd quarter blast

first_imgDenver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, left, picks up a loose ball as Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam. APDENVER — Nikola Jokic received some playful ribbing for his errant, behind-the-back pass on a fast break late in the first half.On this night, that was about all that went wrong for the Denver Nuggets.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Worth shouting about: George Springer wins World Series MVP John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Jamal Murray scored 16 of his 24 points in a decisive third-quarter spurt, Jokic added 16 rebounds and 10 assists while narrowly missing a triple-double, and the Nuggets beat the Toronto Raptors 129-111 on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).“We moved the ball and were unselfish, made a lot of cuts, made the defense work,” said Murray, who has scored at least 20 in three straight games. “We kept playing our game and they tried to play to our pace.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPaul Millsap added 20 points in his best offensive output since joining the Nuggets. He signed a three-year, $90 million deal with Denver in July, but has recently struggled with his jumper.Millsap had 13 points in the first quarter, including two 3-pointers, to jump-start the Nuggets early. Murray broke loose in the third to help turn a 60-51 lead into a 36-point advantage in a matter of minutes. The 43 points in the third marked the biggest quarter for the Nuggets this season.Jokic finished with eight points and didn’t play over the final 7:41. Not that he minded missing out on his seventh career triple-double.“I couldn’t make shots today,” said Jokic, who was 4 of 10 from the field. “I didn’t force it. I tried to do some other stuff.”Norman Powell led the Raptors with 14 points as they made their fifth stop on a six-game road swing, their longest of the season.“That was an embarrassing performance by all of us, from coaches to players,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “One thing we said: You’ve got to come in here and compete and play hard, play a physical game, and we didn’t do either one on either end of the floor.”Murray was briefly checked out by trainers in the first quarter after flying into the courtside seats while trying to steal a pass. He landed about three rows back and in the vicinity of Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene.In the process, Murray also spilled a beer and had to make a quick trip into the locker room to change jerseys.“I smelled like Heineken,” he said.TIP-INSRaptors: Delon Wright had 12 points off the bench. … Kyle Lowry finished with nine points.center_img LATEST STORIES “He was really aggressive,” Jokic said of his fellow big man. “We just continued to play aggressive.”Now, about that pass to Wilson Chandler just before halftime: Jokic was dribbling down the court, had a defender on him and tried to loft it behind his back to Chandler for a highlight-reel dunk.Only, it was a bit too high.“I thought he could jump. He’s an athletic guy,” Jokic teased in the locker room.“My fault,” Chandler quickly responded.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nuggets: F Juancho Hernangomez missed a sixth straight game with mononucleosis. “I do not anticipate him being back for a few weeks,” coach Michael Malone said. …. Broncos LB Von Miller showed up wearing an Avalanche hockey sweater bearing his No. 58. … Denver connected on 16 3-pointers to start a six-game homestand.MID-RANGE MANMalone called DeMar DeRozan the “king of the mid-range jumper.” DeRozan shot 4 of 10 to finish with a season-low 10 points for Toronto.“DeMar does it in a different way,” Casey said. “He still gets to the free throw line. He gets a three the old-fashioned way.”HIGH PRAISECasey said Jokic’s game reminds him of Dallas standout Dirk Nowitzki.“As far as his range and size, the way he gets the ball up on his shot. You can’t get to it,” Casey said. “You have to have extraordinary reach to get to his shot. They do some special things to try to create space for him.”UPSETMalone wasn’t pleased with his team allowing 40 points in the fourth quarter even if the game was well in hand.“Unacceptable,” he said. “I don’t care what the score is, how much you’re up. Our defense the last six minutes was embarrassing.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View commentslast_img read more

FIFA World Cup: Germany edge past USA 1-0 to enter last 16

first_imgThomas Mueller scores the goal for Germanay against Ghana on Thursday With Thomas Mueller in a perfect position to pounce on a rebound, American cheers for yet another spectacular Tim Howard save didn’t last long. The US goalkeeper was unable to cut down the angle after diving to punch away a deflected ball, and Mueller did what he does so well – calmly drive a first-time shot inside the far post for his ninth goal in nine career World Cup games, giving Germany a 1-0 victory.The 24-year-old Mueller isn’t flashy, and didn’t generate the pre-tournament talk of Brazil’s Neymar or Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo. But the Bayern Munich star is tied with Neymar with four goals in Brazil after scoring a tournament-high five in South Africa.Ronaldo, meanwhile, is going home, as have other high-profile stars such as England’s Wayne Rooney and Italy’s Mario Balotelli.Mueller will be getting plenty of attention now, particularly from upcoming opponents.He opened Germany’s campaign in Brazil with a hat trick that powered his side to a stunning 4-0 demolition of Portugal. The result wound up helping the United States, which finished Group G play tied with Portugal on points, but with a better goal difference after holding the Germans to only Mueller’s searing right-footed, 18-yard strike.Though failing to score in Germany’s 2-2 draw with Ghana, he didn’t spare his body in an effort to find a match winner. Heading into the penalty area for a long ball as time was running out, he was involved in a hard collision which left blood all over his face.advertisementHe needed five stitches to sew up the damage. During the past week, he said he doubted he’d be pain-free against the U.S., but should be well enough to play without painkillers.Mueller certainly looked like his old self on Thursday, lifting Germany to the top of its group ahead of the knockout stage with his 21st goal in 51 international appearances.With seemingly numerous World Cup games in his future, Mueller is now six goals shy of the all-time World Cup record, held by his veteran teammate Miroslav Klose and former Brazil striker Ronaldo.last_img read more

How will Barcelona line up without Suarez?

first_imgAfter such a slow start to the 2018-19 season, Luis Suarez is back on top form in Barcelona colours. Or, at least, he was, until injury intervened against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.Suarez is now suffering from a minor knee problem that is expected to rule him out for two weeks, and four games, starting with Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Eindhoven to face PSV.It’s a minor injury but a major issue for Barcelona because while they have no shortage of attackers, they do not have even one other natural No.9 in their squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The likes of Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Munir and Malcom have many skills and attributes but not one of that quintet shares the same characteristics as the ex-Liverpool man.Since Paco Alcacer left for Borussia Dortmund during the summer, Barcelona have lacked a like-for-like replacement for Suarez, meaning that a tactical as well as personnel switch will now be required.Of course, after an impressive goal-scoring cameo off the bench against Atletico Madrid, Dembele should be in the driving seat to come into the starting line-up. However, Barca are also boosted by the return of Coutinho, who has been inactive for three weeks with a muscle tear.With those two players coming into the attack, Messi is likely to take a more central position, playing in his old ‘false nine’ role.Barcelona Without Suarez PSWith the Argentine roving through the heart of PSV’s defence, that would leave Coutinho and Dembele free to stretch the Eredivisie side out wide, where both have previously proven themselves both comfortable and effective.Another injury, however, to young Brazilian star Arthur, may yet leave Valverde with further doubts over his line-up.Arthur has showed spectacular progress since his summer arrival from Gremio to establish himself as a key first-teamer, keeping even a seasoned pro like Arturo Vidal out of the side. However, his hamstring tear could give the Chilean a rare chance to shine from the start for the Catalans.Barcelona Without Suarez PSBut if Valverde opts against Vidal, another summer signing kept on the margins of the first team could be left celebrating.The possibility of Coutinho dropping back to cover Arthur’s absence in midfield would open the door for Malcom, rarely seen since that dramatic transfer from under the noses of Roma.There could even be a case to start Munir, who has looked bright in the limited first-team opportunities afforded to him this season by Valverde.The Barca coach, then, has quite the dilemma on his hands. But thanks to the wealth of talent at his disposal and the fact that the Blaugrana have already sealed qualification to the Champions League knockout stages, the chance to experiment with his fringe players may not be entirely unwelcome.The question of what happens when Suarez is unavailable has gone unanswered at Camp Nou for far too long. An adequate Plan B was required anyway. Suarez’s injury will force Valverde to find one.last_img read more