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Kompany warns against risking De Bruyne vs Liverpool

first_imgPremier League champions Manchester City should not risk injury doubt Kevin De Bruyne against leaders Liverpool on Thursday, according to captain Vincent Kompany.The Belgium international missed the 3-1 defeat to Southampton due to a muscle problem, and has been absent for swathes of the campaign due to separate knee injuries.Liverpool’s trip to the Etihad Stadium starts a run of seven games over 26 days for City and Kompany feels Pep Guardiola would be best off looking beyond the summit meeting this week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “We all know Kevin’s strengths and his ability to change a game,” he told Sky Sports.”I really don’t know what physical state he is in.”He seems to be alright but in a way I feel this season still has so much to offer.”If I had to decide myself, what I would prefer is for Kevin to be fit for the rest of the season.”Everybody is focused on Liverpool but there is much more we’ll need him for.”De Bruyne faces a fitness test before his availability is determined for the visit of the Reds.The former Chelsea and Wolfsburg star trained on Tuesday and underwent further checks on Wednesday and Guardiola confirmed that his condition is improving.Jurgen Klopp is braced for De Bruyne to return but admitted that it would be a major boost to his side if the playmaker missed out.”We can’t specially prepare for Kevin De Bruyne,” the German coach added.”Missing a player like Kevin De Bruyne is a massive blow, unbelievable.”He played only from time to time and he was unbelievably influential immediately.”He scored fantastic goals, he’s just a world class player.”I expected that he’s playing, I’m happy that he’s not seriously injured again, I said before that I was really happy when he was back.”They have a lot of options, obviously, if he would play that would give them a massive boost, yes.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Nuclear proliferation dangers highlight need for safeguards – Ban

14 September 2009Concerns stemming from the dangers of the proliferation of nuclear weapons underscore the importance of the safeguards system of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. Such worries also highlight the need for universal adherence to the additional protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Mr. Ban said in his message to the start of the 53rd General Conference of the IAEA in Vienna.That protocol is a set of safeguards aimed at boosting the agency’s ability to ensure that a State does not have undeclared nuclear material.“I urge all parties to cooperate fully with the IAEA in resolving issues that might arise relating to safeguards agreements,” the Secretary-General said in the speech delivered by Sergio Duarte, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.He also called on the 25 non-nuclear-weapon States who are party to the NPT but have not signed on to the additional protocol to do so before next year’s NPT Review Conference.“The IAEA has a strong foundation upon which to build,” Mr. Ban said. “It has expanded international cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, while reducing the risks of nuclear proliferation and terrorism.”He welcomed the incoming agency chief, Yukiya Amano, whose appointment was approved by the General Conference today, and hailed IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, who steps down in November, for his “many years of outstanding service to humanity and to international peace and security.”In his address to today’s event, Mr. ElBaradei called for the IAEA to be given “increased authority and resources to implement a credible verification system and then trust in the validity, objectivity and impartiality of its assessments and conclusions.”The agency cannot operate in a vacuum, he said, stressing its cooperation with the Security Council, which must rely not solely on sanctions but also on tackling nations’ insecurities that lie behind many instances of proliferation.“As we – hopefully – move towards nuclear disarmament, States should expand and strengthen the agency’s verification mandate,” Mr. ElBaradei said in his last address to the General Conference as Director General. “Robust verification and transparency are a prerequisite for nuclear disarmament and other arms control measures.”He also voiced hope that Iran will engage in a dialogue as soon as possible, as the media reported today that the country will kick off international talks early next month.Last week, Mr. ElBaradei warned the IAEA’s 35-member Board of Governors that the agency has reached a deadlock with Iran over most aspects of its nuclear programme as he urged the country to credibly answer the international community’s concerns over potential military dimensions to the programme.Although Iran had cooperated on some issues, such as improving safeguards at a fuel enrichment plant, “on all other issues, however, there is stalemate.“Iran has not suspended its enrichment-related activities or its work on heavy water-related projects as required by the Security Council, nor has Iran implemented the additional protocol,” Mr. ElBaradei said.He called on Iran “to respond fully to all the questions raised by the agency in order to exclude the possibility of there being military dimensions to its nuclear programme.” read more