Messi Returns to Barcelona Training

first_imgBarcelona begin their La Liga campaign against Villarreal on 27 September.Messi failed to attend the club’s testing for Covid-19 on 30 August and has been absent from training since sending a fax informing the club of his wish to exercise a clause in his contract which he believed would allow him to leave for free with immediate effect.Both Barcelona and La Liga insisted that clause was no longer valid – with any club wishing to buy him required to pay a release clause of 700m euros (£624m).La Liga president Javier Tebas said at the launch of the 2020-21 La Liga season on Monday he was “never seriously worried” Messi would leave Barcelona this summer.“We want Messi to be with us. He is the best player in the history of football and we want him to end his career in La Liga,” said Tebas.“He has been with us for 20 years and we are so pleased he is staying with us and not going to another league.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barcelona’s all-time top scorer Lionel Messi has returned to training following his failed attempt to force a move away from the club.Messi, 33, submitted a transfer request on 25 August but said last Friday he would stay because it is “impossible” for any team to pay his release clause.It is the first time the Argentine has trained with his team-mates since the arrival of new manager Ronald Koeman.last_img read more

Avian flu appears to jump from human to human

first_imgReacting to the death on Monday of an Indonesian man, the World Health Organization said Tuesday that the case appeared to be the first example of the avian flu jumping from human to human to human. But the health agency quickly cautioned that this did not necessarily mean that the virus had mutated into a strain that could start a pandemic by jumping rapidly between people as ordinary flu does. It is a “definite possibility” that the virus jumped more than once inside a family cluster, said Maria Cheng, a spokeswoman for the WHO in Geneva. Although a second jump sounds alarming, “It doesn’t look like the trend has changed,” she said. “Each case was in very close contact with the previous one.” In the past there have been at least three cases of suspected human-to-human transmission of the A(H5N1) strain of bird flu; all were between family members who spent hours in close contact and would have breathed in large amounts of virus-contaminated droplets. The virus is known to attach itself to receptors deep in the lungs, not in the nose and throat as seasonal flu does. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe man who died was 32 and became sick on May 15. He is believed to have caught the flu while caring for his 10-year-old son, who died of the disease on May 13. The boy attended a family pork roast in the village of Kubu Sembilang in northern Sumatra on April 29. The hostess, a 37-year-old woman, had become sick on April 27 and was coughing heavily, and several family members slept in her small room, the health agency said. She died on May 4 and was buried without any tissue samples being taken; she is presumed to have spread the flu only because of her symptoms.last_img read more