Press Association Walcott was withdrawn from the Arsenal XI to face Stoke last weekend after feeling pain in his stomach, and the Gunners confirmed that he needs surgery. Walcott will miss England’s crunch qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland as well as Arsenal’s games against West Brom, Swansea and Napoli. An Arsenal statement read: “Theo Walcott will have a minor procedure on his abdomen in Germany on Wednesday which will keep him out of action until after the next international break.” Walcott’s injury is a blow for Arsenal, who have come to rely on the winger even more this season following the absence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes to have the 24-year-old back for the game against Norwich on October 19, however. Wenger said: “Theo will be out for a few weeks. He has developed some damage to his posterior abdominal wall. It’s not a hernia, but it’s a little structural problem in his abdomen. “He will have the procedure in Germany on Wednesday and, because it’s so minor, we can begin his rehab immediately. We are pleased it’s being dealt with quickly and he shouldn’t miss too many Arsenal matches. But he will miss the forthcoming international matches with England.” Walcott’s injury is arguably of bigger importance to England, however. Walcott has become an instrumental part of Roy Hodgson’s starting XI of late, starting the last five games for the Three Lions. England need to win their final two qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland next month to guarantee qualification for Rio 2014. Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has been ruled out for three weeks because he needs stomach surgery.
New Delhi: Oshada Fernando was the star performer in the third Twenty20 International between Pakistan and Sri Lanka from the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore. His 78 off 48 balls, which included eight fours and three sixes helped Sri Lanka reach 147/7 and Wanindu Hasaranga’s three wickets helped Sri Lanka, without their key stars, win the match by 13 runs and sweep the series 3-0. It was a fantastic effort by Sri Lanka but Pakistan’s embarrasment continued not just on the field but off it. During the post-match presentation ceremony, former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja was interviewing Fernando after he received an effort. Since Fernando’s English is very weak, he requested a translator. When he asked the first question, “Whether this is your best knock ever?”. Fernando replied, “Yes.” Ramiz mistakingly pointed the mick at the translator who replied, “He did say yes.” Ramiz realised the mistake and embarrasingly took the mick back. Twitter had a field day with Ramiz’s faux pas, with Ravichandran Ashwin, the India offspinner tweeting “Good morning.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Lmao morning!! https://t.co/BlICuGcJPv— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) October 10, 2019Speaking after the end of the match, Pakistan’s head coach and chief selector Misbah ul Haq said there was a problem with the country’s cricket system. “This series has been an eye-opener for us and everyone else. These same players have been around for a while now. More or less the same team which made us number one and has been playing together for around three to four years now,” Misbah said. Also Read | Imam ul Haq ton, Shaheen Afridi 6/35 give Pakistan bittersweet win vs Bangladesh in World Cup 2019The pressure of the loss told on Misbah, who veered from sarcasm to anger in the entire press conference. The 46-year-old, who retired from all forms of cricket in 2017, took the blame of the entire series loss on himself. Also Read | Shakib Al Hasan continues to smash records in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019″Yes, I take responsibility for the series defeat. It is very disappointing and we played poorly. But this is same team which made us number one. Same players who have been playing for around three years. If you want to blame me, fine. I have been just 10 days on the job and yes about changes, I asked a right hand batsman to start batting left-handed and told a left-hand bowler to start bowling right-hand, right. Only the wicketkeeper is not playing well, the rest of the 10 players are doing so well,” Misbah said, also stating that the media needed to think and write.
Former chairman of the Ghana Football Association Lepowura MND Jawula has praised Kwasi Nyantakyi on his rise at the Confederation of African Football.Nyantakyi was confirmed as the head of CAF’s Fair Play and SocialResponsibility Committee and also appointed on four other standing committees of the African football governing body on Tuesday.According to Lepowura Jawula, who is also a member of the CAF interclub committee, Nyantakyi’s appointment epitomizes his good work but he has advised him to be tactful in his dealings.“He should do it with a lot of caution, diplomacy and understanding with all those on the committee,” he told Joy sports“It is good for Ghana football to have somebody at that level, so what this means is that our own football must be well organized now and we have to take advantage of the fact that we have somebody who is very close at the top level in CAF.“Fair play in our country must be up to scratch, so that people do not say in his own country things don’t get on well, it is a challenge for all to support him and to ensure he does the things that are right so one day when a much bigger opportunity there comes they will look at him.” Nyantakyi won a CAF Executive Committee election two years ago and also holds a position at FIFA.