Chelsea centre-half Antonio Rudiger has stepped up his comeback from injury after completing the full 90 minutes in the Blues Under-23s’ win over Liverpool on Monday.In front of head coach Frank Lampard – who was watching on from the stands at Stamford Bridge – Germany international Rudiger made his first appearance since suffering a meniscus injury against Manchester United at Old Trafford in AprilHaving missed all of pre-season, Rudiger returned to full training at the start of August and came through unscathed as Chelsea’s development squad ran out 3-0 winners in Premier League 2 – with another senior squad member, Michy Batshuayi, scoring twice. 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? Back on the pitch for 90 min. thanks to the @ChelseaFC development squad #cleansheet #homevictory #comebackwork #Hustle #AlwaysBelieve pic.twitter.com/UsjdfkrvLp — Antonio Rüdiger (@ToniRuediger) August 19, 2019 Rudiger’s comeback will be welcome news for Lampard, who is yet to win a competitive match in charge of Chelsea with losses to the Red Devils and Leicester City in the league and a Super Cup defeat against Liverpool.Lampard has had only three centre-backs – Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and youngster Fikayo Temori – to choose from so far this campaign, with Cesar Azpilicueta naturally a right-back, following the sale of David Luiz to Arsenal and Gary Cahill’s free transfer to Crystal Palace.Christensen and Zouma have been the preferred pairing, though the latter has come in for some criticism after a costly mistake in the 4-0 defeat against Manchester United on the opening weekend.Former Blues defender Ashley Cole, who retired from football on Sunday, insists there is no cause for alarm at Chelsea just yet, but there are issues for Lampard to address early on in his tenure in charge.”Chelsea have got the players and everyone expects them to be in the top four or six, but the Premier League has changed,” Cole said. “The manager needs time, the players need time and I don’t think everyone should panic yet.”With only one point in the league from the home draw against Leicester, the Blues will be keen to bounce back with a trip to Norwich on August 24.They will then host another promoted team, Sheffield United, on August 31 before a tough stretch of games involving Wolves and Liverpool. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Rabat – Aicha Ech-Chenna, Moroccan human rights activist and founder of the Feminine Solidarity Association, was crowned International Woman of the Year at the Monte-Carlo Women of the Year ceremony. For the sixth edition of the award ceremony, the theme chosen was “Women for Women”, celebrating female activists who defend women’s rights, as gender equality has become an ever-present debate in today’s societies. During the ceremony held on June 7 in Monaco, Ech-Chenna was awarded the international prize for her lifelong efforts to help single mothers through her association Solidarité féminine. “When we disrespect women we disrespect something sacred,” Ech-Chenna declared when receiving her award. The Moroccan activists said that she created her association in order to help women become emancipated and independent. Since its founding in 1985, the Feminine Solidarity Association has sought to help women integrate the job market by offering them professional training in different fields. The association believes that, by enabling these women to achieve their financial and social autonomy, they could therefore be set free. This is not the first time Ech-Chenna would be awarded an international prize. She was a recipient of the World Bank Social Accountability Award in 2015, and the Opus Prize in 2009.For her part, Cinzia Sgambati-Colman, the organizer of the event said that they received many applications this year, so much that they had a hard time choosing only a few. Candidates did file their applications themselves. Instead ambassadors from around the world as well as those in their close circle of friends nominated the female activists.Two other women beside Ech-Chenna were also awarded for their outstanding achievements. Sister Anne-Marie Salomon was given the Monaco Women of the Year award. “She is religious, has a degree in mathematics and physics and is also a doctor. She works in Mali where she’s opened a Nomad Hospital that tends to 30 000 patients each year, affected by aids, malaria, leprosy or tuberculosis. She helps build schools and trains caregivers and midwives,” reports the Hello Monaco website.The last prize, the Special Award, was handed to Michele Mitchell. The American journalist, author and filmmaker was the youngest woman in charge of communications for the US Congress. She was also noticed for her investigative work in the documentary “Haiti, Where has the money gone?”