Niko Kovac says Leon Goretzka will not recover from a thigh injury in time to play against Tottenham in the Champions League next week.The Bayern Munich midfielder had surgery earlier this month after he aggravated an existing issue while on Germany duty.Bayern initially gave no timescale for Goretzka’s recovery but Kovac does not expect his return to be imminent, though there is better news on left-back David Alaba. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “David Alaba has trained today, it looks good,” Kovac told reporters ahead of Saturday’s Bundesliga trip to bottom side Paderborn.”Let’s see how it develops tomorrow [Friday] with him. Leon Goretzka still takes a bit longer.”I expect [he will return] only after the international break.”Kovac had previously stated on Alaba, when suggesting that he may be forced to sit out a meeting with Spurs: “Obviously, David is a really important player for us. Unfortunately he’s going to be out for a couple of weeks but Lucas Hernandez won the World Cup in that position.”He has a different interpretation of how to play at left-back than David does but he does a very good job.”Alphonso [Davies] can play in that position, that’s actually why we fielded him against Leipzig. He didn’t play as a left-back but we fielded him so that he could work together with Lucas.”Meanwhile, Jann-Fiete Arp is yet to make his Bundesliga debut for Bayern after joining from Hamburg and the striker’s wait will continue after he broke a bone in his hand during training.”We will have to wait on what the doctors say before we can determine when he will return to full training again,” Kovac added of the 19-year-old.”It is difficult. You have to be careful that the bone grows together again. Shocks and jolts could complicate things, so we need to see what the doctors say so we know when to train again.”Fiete has gotten the time from us and will continue to get it. We try to make him better every day in training, but you cannot expect too much from him.”He may have been hyped up a bit too much at a young age, you have to be patient with him.”
New Delhi: Cine stars-turned-Members of Parliament (MPs) of the Trinamool Congress, Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan Ruhi, raised their first issue in Parliament on Wednesday. While Chakraborty sought construction of a flyover in her constituency Jadavpur to deal with traffic congestion, Nusrat sought a Kendriya Vidyalaya in her area Basirhat in West Bengal. The two were sworn-in on Tuesday, more than a week after the other members took oath as Nusrat got married on June 15 in Turkey. The wedding also delayed the start of her friend Chakraborty’s new innings in Parliament. The two stars were seated together throughout the proceedings on Tuesday and were mobbed by the media as they walked out. During Zero Hour on Wednesday, Chakraborty’s spoke on the urgent need for construction of a flyover on a level crossing in Jadavpur. Nusrat read out her demand for a Kendriya Vidyalaya in her constituency.