Manchester City capable to coping with De Bruyne absence, says Kyle Walker

first_imgManchester City defender Kyle Walker believes that the Premier League champions have the depth in squad that can cope with the possible long-term absence of their main playmaker Kevin de Bruyne.De Bruyne has suffered a knee injury ahead of Manchester City’s Premier League clash against Huddersfield Town on Sunday. De Bruyne, who has had a busy summer with Belgium in the World Cup, returned to training before the start of the season but was rested against Chelsea in the Community Shield and their Premier League opener against Arsenal, that City won 2-0.In 2016, De Bruyne had missed 12 games after injuring his right knee during a League Cup semi-final victory over Everton.De Bruyne’s injury will come as a major blow for City with the Belgian providing the most number of assists for the club for the last three seasons.The 27-year-old notched up 12 goals and 21 assists last term to help Pep Guardiola’s side win the league and the League Cup.”Kevin is a great player and it’s just unfortunate that it’s happened to him in training but there’s more than enough depth in the squad,” Walker told reporters.”We don’t just rely on one player. It’s a team game and whoever steps in will do well. Obviously, it’s a big loss but we’ve got more than enough cover.”De Bruyne, a World Cup semi-finalist with Belgium earlier this year, is likely to be sidelined for around two to four months, according to British media reports.City beat Arsenal 2-0 in their opening league fixture last weekend and will host Huddersfield Town on Sunday.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

ICC welcome to take T20, ODI World Cup out of India for tax exemption: BCCI

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the recent ICC quarterly meeting was told by the world body to get tax exemption for conducting future global events like the 2021 T20 World Cup and 2023 ODI World Cup. If BCCI fails to get the exemption, it will have to bear the tax liability in hosting the showpiece events. But the move has not gone down well with certain sections within the board.Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said that the ICC was free to move the tournament out of India if it felt that was the way forward as matters related to tax needed the government’s approval and external pressure would not help.”We will abide by what the Tax Department and the Ministry decides on this. We would love for the World Cup to take place here, but if the ICC wants to play hard ball, they must be ready for everything.”If they want to take the ICC tournament out of India, it’s fine. Let BCCI then take the revenue out of the ICC and see who loses more.”Those in-charge of administration are trying to take policy decisions without jurisdiction to do so. The ICC will find it difficult to hold the BCCI to those decisions since a lot of these decisions do not have the approval of the board,” the official pointed.Another BCCI official added that while the ICC claims to have an inclusive approach, it looks at every possible opportunity to hurt India’s interest.advertisement”It was found earlier that the ICC had a different contract with different member boards. For example, Cricket Australia was only required to make best endeavours to get tax exemption while the BCCI was required to ensure tax exemption.”See, this is a result of a situation where the present BCCI is found wanting. The CoA bigwig wants to show that he is in control of things and whenever that happens, the democratic functioning of an organisation is the first casualty.”There is no way that the BCCI should agree to this. The ICC cannot on the one hand say that they aim to have an inclusive approach and on the other hand look at every possible opportunity to hurt India’s interest,” the official signed off.Also Read | BCCI to bear tax burden for 2021 T20 World Cup, 2023 World Cup if no tax exemptionAlso Read | ICC in constant touch with BCCI: Amitabh ChaudharyAlso Read | ICC working on consistent framework for T20 leagues around the worldlast_img read more