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Atletico’s Lucas Hernández diagnosed with grade II sprain to right knee

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Madrid, Dec 8 (IANS) Atletico Madrid’s French left-back Lucas Hernández, best known as Lucas, was diagnosed with a grade II sprain to his right knee, an injury he sustained during his team’s 3-0 La Liga win over Deportivo Alaves, the Spanish football side announced Saturday.

After leaving the field in the 35th minute, the French defender underwent the needed medical check to identify the exact injury, according to Atletico’s online statement, reports Efe news.

“Lucas Hernandez underwent an MRI scan after Saturday’s match against Alavés that confirmed a grade II sprain of the medial collateral ligament of his right knee,” the statement read. “The Frenchman is to immediately begin medical treatment and physiotherapy.”

Although Atletico Madrid did not specify when Lucas would be back to action, these kinds of injuries can take up to one month of recovery, depending on each individual case.

Thus, Lucas is to miss at least the remaining three matches of Atleti in 2018: against Real Valladolid and Espanyol in La Liga, as well as versus Belgium’s Club Brugge in the UEFA Champions League.

The 22-year-old Lucas was injured while he was vying for the ball with Alaves’ Argentine forward Jonathan Calleri while Atletico had a 1-0 advantage thanks to Nikola Kalinic’s goal in the 25th minute.

Atletico is now in the second position with 28 points, on goal difference behind leader Barcelona.

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Declaration of poll schedule to expedite candidate selection, alliances

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New Delhi, March 10 (IANS) With the Election Commission announcing the Lok Sabha poll schedule on Sunday, political parties are expected to expedite the process of candidate selection as also that of forming alliances in the next few days.

While the Congress has come with its first list of 15 candidates that includes names of party chief Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, the Bharatiya Janata Party is yet to come up with its first list, which is expected this week.

The opposition parties in Bihar have not yet announced their grand alliance in the state. There has also been no formal announcement of a tie-up in Jammu and Kashmir as also in West Bengal.

In Delhi, though the ruling Aam Aadmi Party has declared its candidates on most of the seats and Congress has declared its intentions to fight separately, there is still speculation of the possibility of the two parties coming together.

The notification for the first phase of Lok Sabha polls will be made on March 18 and the last date of filing nominations is March 25. The polling of the first phase for 91 seats across 20 states will be held on April 11, almost a month from now.

The political parties are expected to draw out a detailed schedule of campaigning by their top leaders over the next few days as also give final touches to their manifestos.

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