Glik struggling to be fit for Russia
The shoulder injury suffered by Poland’s Kamil Glik will most likely exclude the defender from the squad for the World Cup in Russia as it would take at least six weeks until he is ready to restart training, Poland’s team doctor said on Tuesday. ‘In my opinion, the situation is bad... Even if the treatment is non-surgical, return to full training will take at least about six weeks,’ Jacek Jaroszewski said in a news conference. Team officials put off the decision on Glik’s place in the squad until Thursday, when doctors from his club AS Monaco will decide on the treatment. Earlier on Tuesday, the head of the Polish Football Association, Zbigniew Boniek, said he did not believe the 30-year-old would feature at the tournament. ‘What bad luck, @kamilglik25 hurt himself, will not go to the World Cup,’ Boniek said on Twitter. Glik got injured in training on Monday, shortly after Poland’s coach Adam Nawalka had submitted his squad list to FIFA. If he is not able to recover, he will be replaced by VfB Stuttgart’s Marcin Kaminski.
Lufthansa scores own goal
German airline Lufthansa apologised on Monday over a promotional video for the World Cup in Russia that was actually filmed in neighbouring Ukraine, which is locked in a tense dispute with Moscow. The clip, which has been removed from Lufthansa’s websites but can still be viewed elsewhere online, shows two Germany fans headed for Moscow determined to repeat everything they did in Rio four years ago when Germany were crowned champions. The men imagine themselves shivering in summer attire on a rainy square and enjoying the ‘beach’ on the banks of a river -- with viewers quickly spotting that both scenes were filmed in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. ‘We noticed in the first comments that this hurt the feelings of some viewers. We sincerely regret and apologise for this,’ a Lufthansa statement said. ‘That is why Lufthansa at the weekend already removed the video from all social media platforms.’ Germany’s flagship carrier, which has dubbed planes flying supporters to the football extravaganza ‘Fanhansa’, said the clip was shot in Kiev for ‘logistical reasons’, adding that this was common practice for commercials. — AFP
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