Alba doubt­ful for Cla­sico

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Barcelona suf­fered a fresh in­jury blow yes­ter­day as left-back Jordi Alba is a huge doubt for Satur­day’s show­down clash with Real Madrid af­ter suf­fer­ing knee and an­kle knocks. Alba bat­tled on to fin­ish the 90 min­utes in Sun­day’s 1-1 draw at Real So­ciedad de­spite suf­fer­ing the in­juries be­fore half-time. “The tests car­ried out this morn­ing re­veal that Jordi Alba has heavy bruis­ing on his right knee and a strain of his left an­kle,” Barca said in a state­ment. “How he evolves will de­ter­mine his avail­abil­ity for the next few games.” Barca des­per­ately need to end Madrid’s 31game un­beaten run at the Camp Nou af­ter fall­ing six points be­hind their eter­nal ri­vals at the top of La Liga. Should Alba not re­cover in time, French in­ter­na­tional Lu­cas Digne will deputise at left-back. The Cata­lans also hope to re­cover Sa­muel Umtiti and cap­tain An­dres Ini­esta from in­jury in time for Madrid’s visit. — AFP

TOKYO: Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike de­liv­ers a speech dur­ing the open­ing ple­nary ses­sion of the IOC De­brief­ing of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, in Tokyo, yes­ter­day. The three-day IOC de­brief­ing started yes­ter­day to share knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ences be­tween the Rio Olympic Games or­ga­niz­ers and fu­ture host ci­ties, in­clud­ing Tokyo which will host the 2020 Olympics and Par­a­lympics. — AP

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