Chiellini to miss date with Suarez in Champions League Final

first_imgJuventus’s hopes of winning the Champions League suffered a devastating blow as key defender Giorgio Chiellini was ruled out with an injury.Chiellini had reportedly been struggling with a calf problem on Wednesday, but it was not initially thought to be serious. But on Thursday Juventus confirmed that a scan had revealed a first grade tear to the player’s soleus muscle in his left leg, which rules him out of contention for the match.The 30-year-old centre-back has been one of Juventus’s key players this season, with some suggesting he is the key to stopping Barcelona’s mighty strike force of Leo Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. Juventus were already a long shot before Chiellini’s injury, with bookmakers pricing them at 5-1 to win the match in 90 minutes and 12-5 to lift the trophy, against Barcelona at 13-20 and 4-11 respectively. But without the Italian international, Juventus’s hopes of winning the tournament – and with it, a historic treble – will lengthen further.WHO WILL REPLACE HIM?Chiellini’s place in the starting line-up will undoubtedly be taken by Andrea Barzagli, who has been in and out of the side since returning from a serious ankle injury just a few months ago. Since his return the 34-year-old Italy international has played a key role, either at the heart of a back-four or on the right of a back three, producing solid defensive performances in key matches including the Serie A-clinching victory away at Sampdoria at the beginning of May.Chiellini has made 44 appearances for the Turin giants this season scoring a single goal. –last_img read more

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first_img RelatedFewer European visitors leads to ‘more enjoyable’ continental holidaysPeople booking flights to Europe this year are having a more enjoyable time because of the fewer number of visitorsMore UK holidaymakers book long-haul flightsBrits are more likely to book holidays to longer-haul destinations because the cost of flights has come downPeople ‘certain’ to book more flights to and from the UKMore people will book flights to and from the UK because of the steep decline in the value of the pound Long-haul flights are now on “everybody’s wish list”, according to the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO).According to Ken Kenward, AITO’s executive director, booking long-haul flights is no longer considered a luxury by a growing number of travellers.”Long haul holidays have always been popular,” he said.”A long haul holiday is on everybody’s wish list and holidays now are more of a necessity than a luxury.”Mr Kenward added that people book long-haul flights for a number of reasons – be it to go on a gap year, find work abroad or to enrol at a foreign university.The Post Office Holiday Costs Barometer revealed last month that Thailand was the cheapest long-haul destination for UK travellers.The far-east country was 41 percent cheaper than Spain, the cheapest country in the eurozone.South Africa was one place behind Thailand in terms of value-for-money, while Kenya came fourth as it seeks to increase its share of the African tourism market. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more