Juventus will play their first two Serie A games of the season without coach Maurizio Sarri on the touchline as he continues his recovery from pneumonia.The 60-year-old was diagnosed with the illness after missing his side’s friendly win over Triestina on Saturday and has been unable to oversee training despite returning to the club’s training ground on Monday.The Bianconeri begin the 2019-20 league campaign with a visit to Parma on Saturday before welcoming Sarri’s old club Napoli to Turin on August 31, ahead the two-week international break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Although Juve said the latest test results have shown an improvement in Sarri’s condition, they confirmed he will be absent from the bench as he has been given time to recover.”Maurizio Sarri underwent further medical tests today, which showed a good clinical improvement,” a statement read. “To completely recover from the pneumonia that hit him over the course of the past few days, the coach will not sit on the bench for the first two Serie A matches against Parma and Napoli.”The decision was taken to allow the technician, who even today went to the JTC [Juventus Training Centre] to coordinate work with his staff, to resume regular activity as soon as possible.”Juventus head into the new season looking to claim a ninth consecutive Serie A crown as well as capture their first Champions League title in over two decades. The Turin giants appointed Sarri this summer after Massimiliano Allegri brought an end to a successful five-year spell.Sarri returned to Italy following one season at Chelsea in which he guided the Blues to Europa League victory and a third-place finish in the Premier League.After finishing 11 points clear of Napoli last season, Juve have been busy adding to the squad in the close season. Centre-back Matthijs de Ligt was signed from Ajax in a €75 million (£68m/$84m) move, while full-back Danilo joined from Manchester City as part of a deal that saw Joao Cancelo go the other way.Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and returning club icon Gianluigi Buffon were added in free transfers.
Heavy snowfall gives respite from intense cold wave in Kashmir ValleyGulmarg in North Kashmir witnessed 2 feet snow.advertisement Rouf A Roshangar SrinagarJanuary 5, 2019UPDATED: January 5, 2019 14:51 IST The fresh spell of snowfall in Kashmir Valley also brought chilled cold wave to Jammu.HIGHLIGHTSPahalgam in South Kashmir received about 40 cm of snowSrinagar recorded 25.2 cm of snow and minimum temperature recorded in the city was minus 1.3 degrees CelsiusFresh snowfall has brought hopes to the people associated with the tourism industryHeavy snowfall gave people some respite from the intense cold wave but disrupted normal life in Kashmir Valley.According to the Met officials, “Snowfall started yesterday afternoon across the Valley. Srinagar recorded 25.2 cm of snow and minimum temperature recorded in the city was minus 1.3 degrees Celsius, 1.9 notches above than the temperature recorded the previous night.”Gulmarg in North Kashmir witnessed 2 feet snow. Pahalgam in South Kashmir received about 40 cm of snow and the minimum temperature dipped to minus 2.8 degrees Celsius there.The upper reaches of Ladakh also received snowfall. In Leh, the minimum temperature recorded was minus 8 degrees Celcius. At Kargil, the mercury dipped to minus 15.6 degrees Celsius.The fresh spell of snowfall in Kashmir Valley also brought chilled cold wave to Jammu where the minimum temperature recorded was 10 degrees Celsius.Fresh snowfall has brought hopes to the people associated with the tourism industry. Mukhtar Shah, a hotelier, said, “Tourists who are already here in Gulmarg extended their tour after the fresh snowfall. We are hopeful that we will have a good winter season ahead and more tourists will come to Kashmir after this snowfall. Snow sports lovers will also come to Gulmarg as we have the best skiing slopes here.”Meanwhile, the 434 km long Srinagar-Leh highway and the 86 km long Mughal road that connects South Kashmir with Poonch and Rajouri districts of the Jammu region remained closed due to the accumulation of snow at several places.”Many roads, highways and the airport are blocked and most homes are without electricity,” former Chief Minister Omar Abduallah tweeted.advertisementYesterday was pretty, today it’s now a pain. Many roads, highways & the airport are blocked & most homes are without electricity. We know Kashmir is going to see snow in winter but when it does snow normal life just falls apart.Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) January 5, 2019″Due to heavy snowfall, many remote areas in North and South Kashmir have been cut-off from nearby towns. The 300 km long Srinagar-Jammu national highway that connects Kashmir valley with the rest of country is closed for vehicular movement,” traffic police officials said.ALSO READ | Leh, Kargil experience coldest night of seasonALSO WATCH | Kashmir freezing with minus 10 degrees temperatureFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Jammu & Kashmir