Messi playing through pain barrier in Barcelona injury crisis

first_img The problem is different from the injury that sidelined Messi for around six weeks at the start of the season. He missed five matches with a calf strain before eventually making his first appearance of the campaign as a substitute in Barca’s goalless draw with Dortmund in the Champions League in September. Since then, Messi has been involved in almost every game, only sitting out the league fixture against Getafe with a minor knock and the Copa del Rey match at Ibiza, when he was rested. Despite making a slow start to the season, and the problems with his thigh, Messi’s numbers remain good. He’s the top scorer in La Liga with 14 goals and has created more goals than anyone else in Spain’s top flight, laying on eight assists for his teammates. Ansu, who scored twice in Sunday’s win against Levante, is still technically registered to the club’s B team, meaning Setien only has 14 fit first-team players, with Neto and Arturo Vidal also injured. Vidal is expected back this week but the wait for Dembele’s return will go on. The 22-year-old winger had to drop out of training on Monday due to muscle fatigue, and the club have not confirmed when he’s expected back in action. Read Also:La Liga: Fati, Messi connection sees Barca hold on against Levante Barca’s depth will be tested with two tough away games in the space of four days this week as travel to Athletic Bilbao for a Copa del Rey quarterfinal on Thursday, before facing Real Betis in the league on Sunday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthFrom Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became CloseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World Lionel Messi has been struggling with a thigh problem for several weeks but continues to play through the pain barrier with Barcelona’s attacking options severely depleted. Sources at the club say there are no major long-term concerns about the problem but there is an awareness that it needs to be managed carefully. Despite not operating at peak fitness, Messi’s performances on the pitch have been largely unaffected — he set up both goals in Sunday’s 2-1 win against Levante. But sources said that the changes to training since Quique Setien replaced Ernesto Valverde as first-team coach in January have had a negative effect on the discomfort Messi has been managing in his left thigh. “The sessions are different and some of the drills are more intense,” one source told ESPN. “Some players seem to be feeling the fatigue a bit more and that’s when the pain can appear.” Barca could ill-afford to be without Messi at the best of times, and Setien’s small squad is now stretched to the limit. With Luis Suarez out until May and Ousmane Dembele still not recovered from a hamstring injury, the Spanish champions have just three fit forwards: Messi, Antoine Griezmann and 17-year-old Ansu Fati. Loading… last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan to retire after 2015-16 season

first_imgAfter 14 seasons of serving as the head coach for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, Bo Ryan has decided his 15th season will be his last, per a statement released by UW officials Monday afternoon.In his career at Wisconsin, Ryan has posted a record of 357-125, won four Big Ten regular season championships, three Big Ten tournament championships and made it to 14 NCAA tournaments in 14 seasons.He has been most successful in the last two seasons, as he led the program to consecutive Final Four appearances, which included a trip to the national championship game in April for the first time since 1941. Overall, Ryan has advanced to the Sweet 16 seven times and the Elite Eight three times. Statement from #Badgers head coach Bo Ryan pic.twitter.com/pVSeO5eATC— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) June 29, 2015Ryan’s final season at UW won’t be as easy as recent years, with four starters – Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker, Josh Gasser and Traevon Jackson – from last year’s national runner-up team who will not be returning. But, two potential all-Big Ten selections, Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig, will be back, which was part of the reason Ryan decided to return for one more season, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.One source close to Wisconsin program was surprised that Bo Ryan didn’t announce his retirement immediately instead of coaching this year.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 29, 2015 One source close to program told ESPN that he feels like Bo Ryan decided to coach one more season due to loyalty to Nigel & Bronson Koenig.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 29, 2015Ryan has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year four times, with the most recent coming this past year when he led the Badgers to a 16-2 conference record.In his college coaching career, Ryan has amassed a 740-228 record dating back to 1984 when he took his first college head coaching job at Division III UW-Platteville. Ryan went on to win four national championships at UW-Platteville before making the jump to Division I to coach UW-Milwaukee from 1999-2001.According to the statement, Ryan’s hope is that associate head coach Greg Gard will fill his shoes following his retirement.Gard is already second-in-command of the program.He has been assistant to Ryan since 1993 when they coached at UW-Platteville and later at UW-Milwaukee, before both joining the Wisconsin coaching staff in 2003. Their career history largely lead to Gard’s promotion to associate head coach before the 2008 season.last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Returns To Road With Saturday Game At Green Bay

first_img Drake Game Notes Following Saturday’s game, Drake continues its road trip Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Nebraska with tipoff set for 7 p.m. Print Friendly Version The all-time head-to-head series between Drake and Green Bay is close with the Phoenix holding a 4-2 advantage after beating the Bulldogs last season in Des Moines. Redshirt senior Mehryn Kraker is averaging a team-leading 15.7 points per game while junior Jessica Lindstrom is averaging a double-double at 13.3 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Kevin Borseth is in his second stint at the helm of Green Bay and has taken the Phoenix to the NCAA Tournament 10 times. Story Links Fellow senior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) recorded her second points/assists double-double this season and the 12th in her career with 13 points and 11 assists. Freshman Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) made her impressive season debut for the Bulldogs with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) was the other Bulldog in double-figures with 19 points. GREEN BAY, Wis. – Following a two-game homestand, the Drake University women’s basketball team returns to the road for a Saturday afternoon game at Green Bay. Tipoff with the Phoenix is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3. Drake (3-2) visits Green Bay (5-1) after topping Northern Illinois, 95-86, Wednesday at the Knapp Center. In a battle between two high-scoring teams, the Bulldogs held the Huskies 11 points below their national-leading average (97.0) to avenge last season’s defeat in DeKalb, Ill. Four players scored in double figures for Drake, led by senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.), who poured in a game-high 30 points. It is the ninth career 30-plus scoring performance for Wendell who earlier in the day was named a nominee for the 2017 Allstate Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Good Works Team. Live Video Drake and Green Bay will be a contest that features one of the country’s top scoring teams in the Bulldogs and one of the top defensive teams in the Phoenix. Drake averages 80.2 points per game while Green Bay holds opponents to 51.5 points per game. Each team leads their respective conferences, the Missouri Valley Conference and the Horizon League, in each statistical category.last_img read more