Suarez Set For Another Knee Surgery

Team doctors attend Barcelona’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez after resulting injured during the Spanish league football match between RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona at the RCDE Stadium in Cornella de Llobregat on January 4, 2020. PAU BARRENA / AFP

 

Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez will undergo another knee operation on Sunday, Barcelona have announced. 

The club issued a press release Saturday saying the surgery was for an “injury to the external meniscus of the right knee”.

It will not be his first knee operation.

Last May, Suarez missed the last two league games and the Spanish cup final, which Barcelona lost to Valencia, so he could have an operation on his right knee and recover in time to play for Uruguay in the Copa America in Brazil.

Suarez also underwent knee surgery in May 2014, returning in time to score twice against England at the end of June in the World Cup.

Suarez played on Thursday as Barcelona lost the semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup to Atletico Madrid in Jeddah.

The 32-year-old has made 23 appearances for Barcelona this season, scoring 14 goals (11 in the league and three in the Champions League). He also leads La Liga with seven assists.

Barcelona top La Liga and face Napoli in the round of 16 of the Champions League.

“Once the intervention is over the club will make a new medical statement,” Barcelona’s statement said.

Man United In Full Support Of Pogba Operation, Says Solskjaer

Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba gives a press conference in Tours, central France, on December 29, 2019.  AFP

 

Manchester United were in full support of the decision that led to Paul Pogba undergoing ankle surgery, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday.

The Norwegian boss appeared to suggest after the New Year’s Day defeat to Arsenal that Pogba’s “people” had recommended the surgery, raising questions over how much input the club had in the decision.

The French World Cup winner made his comeback after nearly three months out with an ankle injury in a 2-0 defeat at Watford on December 22 and also made an appearance off the bench in a 4-1 thrashing of Newcastle four days later but has since been sidelined again.

Speculation continues to surround the 26-year-old, who has been regularly linked with a move away from Old Trafford and whose agent, Mino Raiola, has been scathing about the club in comments made in the Italian media.

But Solskjaer was keen to play down any suggestion of a disagreement regarding the injury, and said: “Paul came back after a long spell out, (featured in) a few games, had a reaction, didn’t go to Burnley.

“He felt his ankle was sore, we did a scan. It’s not the same injury, it’s a different injury. Of course when you get that scan you consult your own medical people as well, like I did. He wanted a second opinion and the advice was to have it done.”

On the injury, Solskjaer added: “It’s not a major one and probably, as I said, three or four weeks.

When asked again about why he had suggested it was Pogba’s “people” behind the decision to undergo surgery, he added: “As in when you consult your surgeon and the ones you trust.

“That’s maybe my bad English — you have people you trust and you speak to. When I had my injuries, knee operations, I had my people in Norway and Sweden that I spoke to and Paul obviously has people as well that he trusts, and that’s important.”

Wolves FA Cup test 

Solskjaer’s team face Wolves in the FA Cup third round at Molineux on Saturday, having been dumped out of the competition by them in the quarter-finals last season.

“They’re not going to make it easy for us,” he said.

“It’s the fourth time at Molineux since I’ve been here and we haven’t won yet. Liverpool lost there last season, City have just lost there so we have got to earn the right to win there. We’ve got to perform and go there positive.

“We want a reaction after the defeat against Arsenal, which everyone says was such a bad, bad performance. But in my mind it was a good game by two good footballing teams.”

Eighteen-year-old Mason Greenwood, who started and scored in the Boxing Day win at home to Newcastle and came off the bench at Arsenal, could be in contention.

“He’s grown a lot. He’s mentally and physically more robust which of course you expect from an 18-year-old,” Solskjaer said.

“He’s had more or less 12 months with us now and he’s grown fantastically, his confidence and performances in the top games. He’s played a lot of cup games and done well.”

Solskjaer also confirmed that reserve goalkeeper Sergio Romero would play at Molineux.

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Sanchez Undergoes Ankle Surgery

Alexis Sanchez

 

Chile forward Alexis Sanchez has undergone surgery in Barcelona after picking up an ankle injury on international duty, his Italian club Inter Milan confirmed on Wednesday.

Sanchez hobbled off in the 88th minute of a goalless draw in the friendly against Colombia in Alicante on Saturday.

Inter said that Sanchez underwent a consultation with Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona on Wednesday morning.

“The visit confirmed the diagnosis of the Inter medical staff and the decision was made to proceed with surgery on the left ankle,” the Serie A club said in a statement.

“The operation was performed in the afternoon on the peroneus longus tendon and it went exactly as planned.”

Medical tests in Milan on Tuesday revealed damage to a tendon in his left ankle and Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda said he expected the forward could be out for up to three months.

Sanchez joined Inter on loan from Manchester United this season, but has made just four appearances.

The 30-year-old was sent off in his first full start after scoring in a 3-1 win over Sampdoria.

Inter are second in the Italian league one point behind defending champions Juventus after seven matches.

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Six Days After Surgery, Doctors Find Man’s “False Teeth” In His Throat

File photo of a denture.

 

This is the story of a 72-year old retired electrician in Britain — let’s call him “Jack” — who forgot to tell his surgeon that he wore dentures.

Anyone reading this account of what happened next is unlikely to make the same mistake.

Six days after having a benign lump removed from his belly while under general anaesthesia, Jack turned up at the emergency room.

He complained of blood in the mouth, difficulty swallowing, and pain so intense that he couldn’t eat solid food.

Noting a history of lung problems, doctors assumed he had a respiratory infection, according to BMJ Case Reports, a medical journal that describes medically noteworthy cases.

They prescribed mouthwash and antibiotics, and sent him on his way.

But two days later, Jack showed up again with worsened symptoms — he couldn’t even swallow his meds.

“He was also feeling short of breath, particularly when lying down, and had taken to sleeping upright,” Harriet Cunniffe, an ear, nose and throat surgeon at Universities Hospitals NHS in Yarmouth noted.

The ER doctor suspected a type of pneumonia often caused by inhaling food or stomach acid into the lungs, and admitted Jack into hospital.

That’s when a nasendoscopy — a fibre optic camera on the end of a tube inserted through a nostril — revealed a large, semicircular object covering his vocal cords.

‘Zebra retreat’

“On explaining this to the patient, he revealed that his dentures had been lost during his general surgery eight days earlier, and consisted of a metallic roof plate and three front teeth,” Cunniffe said.

The denture was removed surgically, and Jack was discharged six days later.

Such incidents are less rare than one might think. In one 15-year period in Britain, 83 cases of “aspirated dentures” were identified, according to the journal.

Is this end of Jack’s story? Not by a long shot.

Bouts of bleeding brought him back to the hospital a week later, and then 10 days after that.

His fifth trip to the emergency room revealed blistering in his throat surrounded by “wound tissue”, which was cauterised to prevent further bleeding.

But by that time Jack needed a transfusion.

On his sixth — and last — slog to the hospital, the doctors discovered a torn artery and performed another round of emergency surgery.

Jack, it seems, simply forgot to tell his surgeon at the outset about his dental plate.

As for the doctors, there may be a couple of explanations as to why it took them so long to figure things out.

One, called “anchoring,” occurs with a physician misinterprets data to fit into an initial diagnosis that was erroneous, Cunniffe said.

The other, known as “zebra retreat”, is when “a diagnostician retreats from making a correct diagnosis because of self-doubt about entertaining such a remote or unusual diagnosis.”

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Man City’s Sane To Undergo Surgery Over Crucial Ligament Tear

Manchester City’s German midfielder Leroy Sane (C) is consoled by Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp (R) as he goes off with an injury  in north London on August 4, 2019. Ian KINGTON / AFP

 

Manchester City winger and Bayern Munich transfer target Leroy Sane faces surgery and a long spell on the sidelines after suffering a cruciate ligament tear, German media reported on Thursday.

Sane, 23, was taken off clutching his knee during City’s Community Shield win over Liverpool last Sunday, and there has since been uncertainty as to the severity of the injury.

On Thursday, both Kicker magazine and Bild newspaper reported that the German international had torn his cruciate ligament, casting fresh doubt over his impending move to Bundesliga champions Bayern.

Both reports claimed that Sane would be ruled out for several months, and suggested that Bayern may now pull back from making a bid for Sane.

Bayern had identified Sane as the primary target in their search for a long-term replacement for departing club icons Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

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Having been slow to move in the transfer window this year, the German giants are under pressure to make a high-profile signing. Earlier this week, star striker Robert Lewandowski publicly called on the club to sign three new players.

The Sane transfer had looked close to completion, with Kicker reporting last week that terms had been agreed on a 100-million-euro ($112m) deal.

“The transfer will now have to be reassessed,” the magazine wrote on Thursday.

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Pele To Undergo Urinary Tract Surgery In Brazil

Brazilian football great Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pele, arrives at Guarulhos International Airport, in Guarulhos some 25km from Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 9, 2019. NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP

 

Pele will have an operation to remove a ‘ureteral stone,’ his doctors said Wednesday, a day after the football great returned to Brazil following treatment in a Paris hospital for an infection.

The 78-year-old was admitted to the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo for more tests after arriving in Brazil early Tuesday.

“The tests show the presence of stones in the left ureter and their removal is scheduled during the current hospital stay, but still without a defined date,” the hospital said in a statement.

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“The patient is in a stable condition and good general state from a clinical point of view.”

Pele, who is widely considered to be the greatest footballer in history, was discharged late Monday from the private American hospital in the Paris suburbs where he had been taken after falling ill following an appearance at a promotional event with France striker Kylian Mbappe.

In a statement on Monday on the Globoesporte.com site, Pele said he had required “medical assistance and surgery” for a “severe urinary infection.”

Pele, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and perhaps most memorably in Mexico in 1970 when his swashbuckling team re-defined modern football, has had several health scares in recent years.

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Juventus Midfielder Khedira Out For A Month

Juventus’ German midfielder Sami Khedira/ AFP

 

Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira has undergone successful treatment for a heart problem and will be out of action for a month, the Italian champions confirmed on Wednesday.

The Germany World Cup winner had already been ruled out of the midweek Champions League tie at Atletico Madrid because of atrial arrhythmia – an irregular heartbeat.

Juventus said in a statement that the 31-year-old had undergone surgery on Wednesday morning in Turin by the club’s cardiologist Fiorenzo Gaita.

“After a short period of convalescence (Khedira) will be able to resume his activity approximately within one month,” it added.

Khedira went for treatment after feeling his heart rate suddenly speed up in training on Tuesday.

The condition causes an irregular and fast heart rate and can result in dizziness, shortness of breath and tiredness.

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The German will miss Juventus’s top-of-the-table clash at Serie A rivals Napoli on March 3 and their Champions League second leg clash against Atletico on March 12.

“He’s an important player for us with good international experience,” said coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Arsenal’s Swiss defender Stephan Lichsteiner suffered from the same condition when playing for Juventus at the end of 2015 and was out for a month before returning to action.

Khedira has been struggling with a variety of health issues this season and has played just nine league games and 15 matches in total.

He suffered a thigh injury in September which ruled him out for five weeks and then hurt his ankle on his return in November.

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Brazil’s President Leaves Hospital After 17-Day ‘Power Vacuum’

President Jair Bolsonaro undergoes surgery to remove the colostomy bag that was placed after the attack he suffered in September, at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil on January 27, 2019.  HO / Jair Bolsonaro’s official Twitter account / AFP

 

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro left the hospital Wednesday, ending a 17-day hiatus at the helm of Latin America’s biggest economy during which several high-profile political issues were put on the backburner.

Bolsonaro, 63, underwent surgery on January 28 to remove a colostomy bag and seal intestines perforated when he was stabbed by a lone assailant last September while campaigning to be president.

His discharge date was repeatedly pushed back over the past couple of weeks as he was treated for post-op complications including vomiting, fluid buildup and a bout of pneumonia.

A convoy took him from the Sao Paulo hospital where he was treated to the airport. He then took an air force plane to fly to the capital Brasilia. A photo posted by his office showed Bolsonaro smiling as he walked down a corridor with officials in tow.

The far-right leader, a former paratrooper, had sought to project an image of still being in charge from his hospital bed.

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But jockeying within the government during his absence led some observers to say he had left Brazil rudderless shortly after taking office at the beginning of January.

There was “a kind of power vacuum,” Thomaz Favaro of the political risk consultancy Control Risks told AFP.

He said there was “a bit of worry” among hundreds of officials appointed to run government ministries, agencies, and state-run companies on how to implement Bolsonaro’s agenda while he was in the hospital.

The tensions exposed by the extended period of limbo reportedly including friction between Bolsonaro and his vice president, Hamilton Mourao, who very briefly served as the acting leader.

“Do you want to kill me?” Bolsonaro asked Mourao in a telephone call over the weekend, the latter said, though making clear the president was joking, according to multiple reports in major Brazilian media.

 Entourage irritated 

Mourao, a retired general, was said by Brazilian political columnists to have irritated Bolsonaro’s entourage — especially his sons, three of whom are also politicians — by expanding his power base and influence through meetings with congressional heavyweights and diplomats and comments to the media.

The vice president particularly enraged them by publicly questioning the anti-crime justification of a decree Bolsonaro signed to ease gun ownership laws, and Bolsonaro’s controversial promise to eventually move Brazil’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Now that he is out, Bolsonaro will have two priorities to tackle: setting out the contours of a much-anticipated reform of Brazil’s unsustainable pension system — and re-imposing his authority.

The Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper lamented the “administrative paralysis” caused by Bolsonaro’s extended hospitalization and what it saw as his sons’ undue influence.

“The government today is run by someone not in sufficient health to do so, and who suffers direct and broad influence from his sons — who received no vote to be president nor occupy any ministerial posts,” it said in an editorial on Tuesday.

 Struggle over pension changes 

The pension issue promises further struggles behind the scenes.

Bolsonaro won office partly by wooing investors with a pledge to overhaul of Brazil’s limping, protectionist economy. That task has been largely delegated to his economy minister, Paulo Guedes, a US-trained free-marketeer.

Guedes has publicly toed the line set by Bolsonaro. But reports of tensions between him and the president’s chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni, have remained despite ostentatious pictures of the two lunching together.

And Guedes and Bolsonaro have differed on basic principles of the pension reform. Lorenzoni said the package would be unveiled at the end of this week before being sent to Congress, but only after Bolsonaro gave his green light.

According to a leak last week of an early draft proposal, the minimum retirement age would be hiked to 65 years for both men and women. Bolsonaro initially wanted a softer regime of 62 years for men and 57 for women but is said to be ready to settle for 65 and 60 respectively.

The reform will require changes to Brazil’s constitution, to be voted by a congressional supermajority. If passed, it is expected to yield savings of up to one trillion reais ($273 billion) over a decade, according to Guedes.

Currently, in Brazil, workers can make early retirement after contributing for 35 years in the case of men and 30 years for women.

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Newton Undergoes Minor Surgery To Fix Shoulder Problem

Head coach Sam Mills III of the Carolina Panthers on the East Team gets interviewed after a 21-17 win over the West Team at the 2019 East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field on January 19, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. Julio Aguilar/Getty Images/AFP

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton underwent arthroscopic surgery on Thursday to repair his right throwing arm.

The 29-year-old American decided to have the minor surgical procedure after being hampered by the shoulder problem during the regular season.

The NFL club said the surgery was “successfully” performed by team doctors, but they did not say when the quarterback could begin throwing footballs again.

This is not the first time Newton has had a shoulder operation. Two years ago he underwent surgery for a more serious torn rotator cuff injury.

Newton struggled this season with right shoulder problems that limited his ability to throw the ball downfield. On several occasions, the Panthers used backup Taylor Heinicke to throw long bomb passes because of Newton’s shoulder problem.

The Panthers finished 7-9 in 2018 and out of playoffs after starting the season 6-2.

Newton threw for 3,385 passing yards with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

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David Warner To Undergo Surgery On Injured Elbow

Sylhet Sixers captain David Warner gestures during a match between Comilla Victorians and Sylhet Sixers at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on January 6, 2019. STR / AFP

 

Banned former Australian vice-captain David Warner is expected to undergo minor surgery on his elbow Tuesday after returning home from the Bangladesh Premier League with an injury.

Warner, alongside former skipper Steve Smith and batsman Cameron Bancroft, was suspended from international cricket over a ball-tampering scandal during a Test match in South Africa last March.

The 32-year-old returned to Australia last week following a stint with the Sylhet Sixers in the Bangladesh Twenty20 tournament after he reported pain in his right elbow.

Warner’s elbow will be assessed in Melbourne on Tuesday before he is expected to undergo minor surgery, cricket.com.au reported Monday.

Cricket Australia’s website said Warner’s condition was not believed to be as serious as the elbow injury sustained by Smith, also in the Bangladesh tournament.

Smith, 29, underwent surgery last week and is expected to spend six weeks in a brace before extensive rehabilitation.

Both players’ bans end in late March. Bancroft’s has already finished.

Smith’s injury could affect his chances of being picked in the national side for the World Cup starting in May, as well as the Ashes series — also in England — later this year.

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Barca’s Rafinha To Undergo Surgery After Rupturing Cruciate Ligament

Barcelona’s Brazilian midfielder Rafinha (L) challenges Atletico Madrid’s French defender Lucas Hernandez during the Spanish league football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on November 24, 2018.
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Barcelona midfielder has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and will require surgery, the club announced on Sunday. 

Rafinha played on until the end of Barca’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Saturday, despite appearing to feel discomfort shortly after coming off the bench in the 46th minute.

Sergi Roberto had been the player replaced, with Barcelona also confirming on Sunday he has a hamstring injury and is expected to be out for three to four weeks.

Barcelona did not offer a timescale for Rafinha’s recovery but anterior cruciate ligament injuries often take several months to heal.

A club statement said: “Rafinha has a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the left knee. In the next few days we will proceed with surgical treatment.”

Sergi is likely to miss Barca’s remaining Champions League group games against PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham, as well as La Liga fixtures at home to Villarreal and away to Espanyol.

On Sergi, the club added: “Sergi Roberto will be out for between three to four weeks with a rupture of the hamstring in his left leg.”

Unlike Sergi, Rafinha has not been a regular in Barcelona’s line-up this season, but the Brazilian enjoyed a run in the side while Lionel Messi was injured last month.

He started against both Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano in the league, as well as at home against Inter Milan in the Champions League, scoring the opening goal in a 2-0 win.

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Juventus Midfielder Emre Can Undergoes Thyroid Surgery

Juventus Striker, Emre Can after signing his four-year contract in June 2018.

 

Juventus midfielder Emre Can has undergone successful surgery to remove a thyroid nodule, the Italian champions confirmed on Monday.

The club said the surgery on the thyroid gland which is located in the neck had been carried out in Frankfurt and “was a complete success”.

“The prognosis for the resumption of physical activity will be better assessed in the coming days,” Juventus added in a statement.

According to reports in the Italian media, the 24-year-old Germany international could be out of action for up to six weeks.

Former Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen player Can joined Juventus on a four-year deal last summer after his contract with Liverpool expired.

He made 167 appearances during four seasons with the Premier League side.

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