Like a number of his famous namesakes, 19-year-old Arnett Gardens midfielder Ronaldo Wright thought he had produced the goods to hand his team a third successive win when he swept them in front in their Red Stripe Premier League encounter with Waterhouse on Sunday evening. Both teams played to a 1-1 draw. Wright fired Arnett Gardens into the lead on the stroke of half-time and celebrated wildly as a win triggered by his action would have placed him in the limelight and he was duly pleased. “It was my first goal for Arnett Gardens in the Premier League and the first for Arnett at the senior level, so it was a big thing for me,” the former Charlie Smith player said. Unfortunately, Wright’s elation was not to last as an equaliser from Tramaine Stewart put paid to that. “When I scored I thought that the game would have ended 1-0 but we were down to 10 men so it was difficult,” said the player who was a part of the Arnett Gardens team which won the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association Under-20 title last season. The Under-20 victory, Wright said, was the start of good things since his return to the club. “I played for Arnett Gardens from Under-13 but left to play for other clubs, such as Swallowfield and Santos. I then decided that it was time to come back to Arnett Gardens because this is my home. This is where I am from and where I belong so it was right to come back home. “Since I have been back home, I really feel like I belong and I really want to do my best for my team and the fans who support and believe in me,” added Wright. That first goal, Wright said, is only the start of greater things. The fans, he said, can expect a whole lot from him as he will be putting out the effort to fulfil his dream of breaking into the national team and earning a living from the sport he loves.
Deception and lies – the Cabinet circus on the Exxon US$18MDear Editor,The revelation of US$18 million being received as a signing bonus and deposited in Sept 2016, some 15 months ago, in a Bank of Guyana account, took the pubic by surprise. The public expressed shock given that, months ago, rumours surfaced about the existence of a signing bonus, but a slew of Government Ministers denied its existence, much-less that the funds were received in September 2016.The deception would have pre-dated the deposit, given that negotiations may have started right after the 2015 election, as this detail was not in the PPP-Exxon agreements dated June 1999. 18 years later and 2.5 years following the discovery of oil and the election of APNU-AFC, all contracts, negotiations, and financial arrangements with Exxon have been hidden from the public. And so, the first US$18million paid by Exxon was hidden for almost a year and a half, and a merry band of Cabinet members, have engaged in deception and lies over all that relates to Exxon in Guyana.In November 2016, the 2017 Budget presented in Parliament ignored any evidence of the money, despite it having already been received and banked. The 2017 Budget also had updated 2016 financial reports which omitted the funds. The Bank of Guyana’s 2016 Annual Audit Report, issued in April 2017, ignored the existence of the money. The 2018 budget and preliminary financial report for 2017 again ignored the receipt of such monies.The Auditor General’s Report of 2016, dated Sept 29, 2017, has no mention of this money. It is now patently clear that the books of the Government and of the Bank of Guyana (who is the bank for the Government) omitted this material amount of US$18 million, and was grossly inaccurate, if not fraudulent.None other than Anand Goolsarran, who chaired the Bank of Guyana audit committee, sough to distance himself. Yet the Bank of Guyana, as the Government’s bank, should have had clear internal controls on the receipt and reporting of Central Bank funds and Government funds. And Mr. Goolsarran should have been responsible for ensuring proper internal controls for the handling of funds received. Yet none of this happened.Then we have the cabinet comedy of errors. His Excellency President Granger took responsibility for the issue, and then dismissed any wrongdoing; it is okay to keep the public in the dark about the existence of the bonus and its receipt some 15 months ago. His statement suggests some persons in Cabinet knew.Then Vice President Greenidge says there was Cabinet approval, suggesting all knew. Normal practice of any Cabinet meeting produces Cabinet decisions that are shared with the Auditor General, but clearly this did not happen.VP Greenidge reverses course the next day, given his obvious contradiction of the President. Of course Ministers Trotman and Jordan all feign ignorance on the existence of any signing bonus, much less receipt of same. We have a slew of cabinet members visiting Texas in August 2017, some 5 months ago.So we have all the key Government ministers in Texas. All the while, a shroud of secrecy around everything Exxon in Guyana.When the news broke of the US$18 million, cabinet members then sought to explain that the money was hidden for security issues relating to the Border controversy. But this defies logic, when substantial other important steps with Exxon are in the public media, including Exxon announced investment plans underway, passage of a Petroleum Act, issuance of a new agreement with Exxon (still secret and hidden), and an abundance of public engagements by Exxon.Why should the public believe there is any shred of truth in hiding the money and failing to report it as warranted for national security issues? Exxon rushes to clarify its role and distance any suggestion that it knew the funds were earmarked for border issues. Its clarification denies any such agreement, or even knowledge.Hypocrisy and deception are now evident from the President and his hapless band of Cabinet members. Hypocrisy when APNU/AFC, using Goolsarran as its audit czar and champion of public disclosure and accountability, campaigned against the PPP, arguing all funds to go to the Consolidated Fund and the launch of numerous forensic audits. Hypocrisy when they select some members (PPP) of the GRDB Board and charge them following the omission of financial transactions from the accounts. What a double-standard. Will Mr. Goolsarran be charged as a Director of Bank of Guyana and the Chairman of the Audit Committee? After all, the 2016 annual report with the audit report dated April 2017, was signed off by Mr. Goolsarran himself, all months before he claimed he resigned from the Board. Has Mr. Goolsarran forgotten he himself countersigned the financial statements of the Bank for 2016? Clearly, Mr. Goolsarran, as a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee, would be guilty by the same standard applied by SOCU to the PPP members of the GRDB Board?What else has been missed? Will the Finance Secretary and Accountant General be charged? Will the Ministers who misled and deceived the nation be fired?All the rhetoric in the APNU Manifesto about transparency and accountability was just hot air, when all the while the single largest investment in Guyana’s history (initiated by the PPP) is shrouded in secrecy as to its revised contract and financial terms.It is now pellucid that the APNU and AFC Cabinet members have no regard for public accountability, transparency and disclosure. Their Manifesto statements about good governance are not worth the paper they are written on. An appalling lack of disclosure on anything to deal with Exxon; secret negotiations and a coziness with Exxon.To date, all contracts and negotiations have been kept secret. Where is the contract that deals with the Signing Bonus? Where are the new contracts? Where are the terms and conditions for Exxon related to taxation, fiscal incentives, size and type of investments, local contractors and employment, accounting and audit requirements, environmental compliance, independent oversight, etc.?What concessions and changes have been made by APNU relative to the original 1999 agreement? APNU/AFC keeps the Parliament in the dark. It ignores or lies or deceives the media. It hides money paid by Exxon, and fails to account for it in the national accounts. It presents budgets and ignores any significant mention of the Exxon terms and conditions. It dispatches five cabinet members to visit Texas for engagements with Exxon. Its cabinet members lead negotiations with Exxon with no public reporting. And this is the largest investment many times over in the history of Guyana.Exxon needs to come clean. The APNU-AFC Government has no intention of being honest and forthcoming with the public, or the Parliament, or the media. Guyana is being operated by APNU and AFC as if they own our country. The loss of democracy and the start of a dictatorship. Our Venezuelan neighbour, rich in oil, had a similar path at the start of this century. We now know what happened. Exxon also knows what happened. Are we next?Sincerely,A Grant
Dear Editor,In a letter which appeared in the news media on Feb. 2, 2018, David Patterson, Minister of Public Infrastructure (MPI), disclaimed responsibility for operation and maintenance of the Charity Wharf, which is located on the right bank of the Pomeroon River in Region Two.He further emphasised that the wharf was never a responsibility of the MPI and, by implication, the Government of Guyana; and therefore, MPI is regrettably not in a position to answer questions on the wharf’s operation and repairs.These responses were made to the National Democratic Council (NDC) Administration of Region Two, who had earlier informed MPI that the Charity Wharf was in a state of disrepair, unsafe for its users, and was adversely affecting commerce. Remedial assistance was therefore requested from MPI to renovate the Wharf while providing accommodation and/or relocate its users.The Charity Wharf was built, maintained and managed by the Transport & Harbours Department (T&HD) under Guyana’s Colonial Government. After the country gained its independence, the assets of T&HD were ceded to the newly formed PNC/UF Government, and subsequently to the PPP/C Government, and presently to the APNU/AFC Government, under which T&HD is a Division and not a Department. Wharves located at Parika, Bartica, Leguan and elsewhere, including Charity, are collectively under the jurisdiction of MPI, as their management, operation and maintenance have demonstrated over the years.Now that the Charity Wharf is in need of costly repairs, it was astounding to the people of Region Two that Minister Patterson declared that the Charity Wharf was never the responsibility of MPI, although the Government of Guyana has never officially ceded its ownership of this property to the Region 2 Administration.If what Minister Patterson said were really factual, he never stated how the transfer was made, and when.Like the Coastal Road, the Charity Wharf is necessary and vital for the economic development and transportation needs of the people of the Essequibo Coast and those living in the riverine areas of the Pomeroon and Moruca Rivers. The Charity Wharf is also important for the conveyance of materials and people to and from the Dawa Pump Station, which provides irrigation water for the entire Tapakuma Project. It has also been providing critical support for growing tourism in regions One & Two, as well as the sawmilling and mining industries operating in the country’s interior.Furbishing the Charity Wharf for its intended purpose will be a costly and technically challenging project for the NDC of Region Two, since it does not have the resources — financial and technical — to undertake such a project. Therefore, Minister Patterson should not be naive in thinking otherwise, if he is serious about Guyana’s development and where the resources for this project should come from.It is imperative that the APNU/AFC Govt. consider this project a national priority and provide the funding to approve the appointment of a competent consulting engineer (not the one who had designed the adjoining revetment south of the wharf some years ago) to start the design process, followed by quick contract award and construction for this vitally necessary project to improve the living standards of Guyanese inhabiting one of the poorest regions of the country.Yours faithfully,Charles Sohan
2014 Plantain Walk fatal stabbingAs the trial of a Plantain Walk, West Bank Demerara, mother accused of fatally stabbing her common-lawCurtis McKinnonhusband, Curtis McKinnon, 38, two years ago continues, the murder weapon was tendered in evidence at the High Court.Nicola Joseph is on trial for allegedly killing her husband on July 21, 2014 at their home during an altercation.In the case being heard before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow and a jury of seven men and five women, Police Constable Alex Solomon took to the witness box on Monday where he explained that he was the first Police rank to arrive in the bedroom of the Lot 12 Plantain Walk home where the stabbing occurred.The courtroom was shown a brown-handled stainless steel knife that was tendered as the murder weapon. Additionally, a blood-stained mint green mosquito net was also tendered as evidence.Under cross-examination by Defence Counsel Sonia Parag, the witness was grilled as to why the murder weapon was not photographed as with other pieces of evidence at the murder scene. Constable Solomon explained that as he was first to arrive, he wanted to secure the murder weapon, noting that it bore drops of blood stains. Solomon however admitted that he was unaware whether or not the knife was dusted for finger prints. He further noted that the knife was not shown to the two other Policemen – Sergeant Dyal and Sergeant Singh – both of whom arrived on site sometime later.The two children of the murder-accused also took the stand to give evidence. At this point Joseph faced her head down for much of the two testimonies.First up was 19-year-old Joshua Perou who explained that his stepfather shared a bedroom with his mother, and the four siblings, including himself shared the other bedroom.He stated that on the day in questioned, “Uncle Curtis” went into the bedroom along with his two young sisters, who were also the children of the deceased man. The jurors were told that his mother, Joseph, arrived home some 30 minutes after and an argument ensued. However, he told the court that he could not make out what was being stated.He explained that he pulled the curtain to see what was occurring but was told by his mother to leave the room.While the young man stressed that he could not recall if his mother had anything in her hand, he noted that she went into the kitchen after which she returned to the bedroom.Minutes after, he heard a “chocking sound” and pulled the curtain and saw his step-father bleeding from the chest area. All the while, the witness claimed that his mother was standing at the couple’s bedside.Perou added that he panicked, then ran to get neighbours, assistance, who assisted in transporting his stepfather to the hospital via taxi. When questioned by Prosecutor Siand Dhurjon, the witness told the court that he never saw injuries on his mother that night. When further questioned, he said that the couple shared a loving relationship and that the July 2014 incident was the first time such violence occurred.The defence however sought to establish that his mother was being beaten at the time of the altercation.Meanwhile, the 17-year-old’s sister confirmed most of what her brother told court about the argument. However, she explained that she did hear her mother complain of being beaten and added that when her brother went into the room, he shouted: “Uncle Curt and mommy, ya’ll stop!” The matter will continue at the High Court this morning.
The German was handed a five-second penalty by the stewards after what was deemed an unfair overtake on Verstappen during lap 29.“I thought it was a good battle [with Verstappen] and I was very surprised I got penalised,” said Rosberg.“I didn’t expect that at all.”Verstappen, however, was adamant that Rosberg forced him off the track at the hairpin.“He braked really late. When he came next to me, he just didn’t turn in – it was a bit like in Austria. He forced me off the track,” he said. “I could still see his hands going straight so l don’t know if that is full lock.”The Dutchman added to Sky Sports News HQ: “He did a good move into the corner but it was already very deep. But he just doesn’t turn in or give space on the exit – and that’s not fair. I race hard and on the limit but I always give space on the exit – that’s the difference.”Red Bull team principal Christian Horner described Rosberg’s move as “a bit naughty”.“The problem is [Rosberg] did a pretty bad job of it,” he told Sky Sports F1. “The golden rule in a job like that is lock your fronts up and look as if you can’t stop. The problem is he looked like he was driving to Cologne, and that’s a bit naughty.“They’re the rules, that’s what the stewards deemed so I’m not going to complain today.”Things went from bad to worse for Rosberg as his five-second penalty ended up costing him eight seconds after a mix-up with his team in the pits, although he didn’t believe he could have caught up with the Red Bulls again anyway.“It’s just one more of those things when a day goes completely wrong, and all those things come together,” the German driver said. “I don’t think it made a difference in the end because I don’t think I could have challenged the Red Bulls after that penalty.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The German was handed a five-second penalty by the stewards after what was deemed an unfair overtake on Verstappen during lap 29. PHOTO/SKY SPORTSHOCKENHEIM, Germany, August 1- Nico Rosberg says he was ‘surprised’ to be handed a penalty for his clash with Max Verstappen midway through the German GP.Rosberg had qualified on pole at Hockenheim, but fell to fourth place – behind Hamilton and the Red Bull pair of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen – into Turn One before later being penalised as he attempted to claw his way back into contention.
0Shares0000Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal and Alexis Sanchez share a moment on the field. PHOTO/FileLONDON, January 19 – Nacho Monreal has signed a new contract with Arsenal, the English Premier League leaders announced on Tuesday.The Gunners said Monreal, 29, had signed a “long-term” deal but did not disclose the exact length of his contract. Monreal, who joined the north London club from Malaga for a reported £10 million ($14 million, 13 million euros) in January 2013, has been an ever-present in all of Arsenal’s 22 Premier League matches so far this season.“I’m really happy because my intention was to keep playing for Arsenal. I feel really good playing here,” Monreal told Arsenal Player.“I have a good relationship with my team-mates and we keep improving year after year,” added the Spaniard, who has won successive FA Cups with Arsene Wenger’s side and displaced Kieran Gibbs as the Gunners’ left-back.“I wanted to stay here and I could extend my contract. I would like to play here for many more years.”But Monreal said he had found it hard, initially, to adjust to life in England.“I’m very happy with my performances this season. At the beginning it was difficult because I was a new signing and I didn’t speak English.“But now I feel more comfortable with my team-mates and with everything in general so that has helped me to play better because I have more confidence in myself.”Meanwhile veteran manager Wenger acknowledged Monreal’s influence since the defender’s arrival from La Liga three years ago.“He is a very important player at the club because he can play left-back and centre back,” said Wenger, whose side lead the Premier League table on goal difference from surprise title contenders Leicester City.“He has the consistency in his performances that is requested at the top level.”The Frenchman added: “Everyone in the Premier League would say that he has become a very strong player. Arsenal are gifted at the moment, I must say, with two top-class left backs. We have many young players. They need to be surrounded by experienced players, especially at the back.“We now have experience at the back. Nacho is part of that – he’s a good example for the young players and we have a good bunch of young players.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
This time each year, thousands of law school graduates like Santa Clara University’s Meghan Piano retreat into a hermit’s existence. They trade the joys of summer for stressful 10-hour days preparing for mind-numbing essays and questions that can trace back to Socrates. Three years of law school (and the fat bills that go along with it) are just a primer. This is the season for the California bar exam – the nastiest entrance test for lawyers in the nation, with a flunk rate that sends shudders through nervous would-be attorneys. Former Gov. Pete Wilson flunked it, as did current Attorney General Jerry Brown, both after graduating from prestigious law schools. Even former Stanford University law school Dean Kathleen Sullivan, one of the nation’s pre-eminent constitutional scholars, famously flunked a version for practicing attorneys two years ago before surviving it her second time through. “Obviously, it’s hanging over my head every day,” says Piano, who is preparing for the upcoming tests on July 24 by avoiding her stressed-out classmates. “I feel like I’ve worked so hard and had so much invested in my education. I feel like if I don’t pass, I’ll be really disappointed for more than myself, with all the support I’ve had from my family and my friends.” Overall, the odds of passing the California bar exam are dismal compared with the rest of the country. In February, the most recent exam results produced an abysmally low pass rate of just 36 percent; the national pass rate in 2006 for all states was 67 percent. California’s rate last July, when most aspiring lawyers take the exam after finishing law school, was 52 percent – above only the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, according to figures compiled by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The carnage after every bar exam isn’t leaving the state short on lawyers, by any means. There are still more than 200,000 licensed lawyers in California. But California’s rigorous standard for passing the exam – coupled with the fact the state allows graduates of even fly-by-night law schools to take and pass the test – has ensured a bumpy road to getting that license. California’s tough bar exam has been a subject of debate for decades, and it gained renewed attention in 2005, when Sullivan failed what is called the practicing-attorneys exam on her first try. Sullivan, who was already licensed to practice in New York and Massachusetts and had appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, took the California exam after leaving Stanford and joining a Bay Area law firm. But the exam for lawyers licensed in other states who want to practice in the California courts is tougher in California than elsewhere. “I was in good company – many brilliant attorneys at the best firms had the same experience with the attorneys exam,” says Sullivan, who was later sworn into the state bar by Chief Justice Ronald George when she passed on her second try. “I’m glad they give you a mulligan on the California bar.” In fact, one of the reasons for the low pass rate in California is that the state is one of the few to allow aspiring lawyers to take the exam as many times as they want. The pass rate for “repeaters,” as they are called, is much lower than for first-time test takers, typically students fresh out of law school. California also sets a higher threshold for passing the exam than most other states. But perhaps the most significant factor in California’s hefty rate of flunkers is that it is one of the few states to license lawyers who graduate from law schools that are not accredited by the American Bar Association. This means anyone who gets a law degree from a correspondence school or law school without ABA credentials can still take and pass the California bar. Graduates from law schools such as Santa Clara, Boalt Hall or Stanford pass the exam at much higher rates than students who come from non-ABA approved schools. (Roughly a quarter of the more than 13,000 law school graduates who took the test in 2006 were from non-ABA approved schools.) In effect, California provides an open path to getting a law license but throws in an obstacle course to protect against too many unqualified lawyers flooding the state and putting consumers at risk. Gail Murphy, the state bar’s senior executive in charge of admissions, points out that the pass rate in California for students from ABA-accredited law schools isn’t that much different than other states. “California is the most permissive in terms of allowing people to take the bar exam,” adds Erica Moeser, president of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. “But the presence of those graduates that don’t meet agreed-upon national standards has had an interesting side-effect.” Rory Little, a professor at Hastings College of the Law, is more blunt. “We’ve got a lot of hack people taking the exam who you really wouldn’t want to pass,” says Little, whose law school is accredited. “We’ve got enough hacks.” email@example.com (408) 286-0236. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Arsenal and Chelsea target Alvaro Morata 1 Arsenal and Chelsea target Alvaro Morata has expressed his delight to be back at Real Madrid after they re-signed him from Juventus this summer.Despite his return to the Bernabeu, however, the Spaniard is still being linked with a move to the Premier League, with Real understood to be willing to listen to offers as they consider making a huge profit on the forward.But neither Chelsea nor Arsenal have come close to reaching an agreement with Los Blancos.Reports on Thursday claim the Blues have given up on Morata altogether after seeing a £62million bid rejected, and have now turned their full attention to re-signing Romelu Lukaku.And it is looking increasingly likely that Morata will be given a chance at the Bernabeu after all.“It’s amazing to be here again and I’m looking forward to starting. It’s a dream and I’m looking forward to working with all the enthusiasm in the world,” Morata told Madrid’s official website.“I had two amazing years at Juventus. I learned a lot and I can only thank them because if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here.”
LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST – As firefighters cautiously declared advances made Friday in tackling a huge forest fire north of Castaic, a warning was issued for high fire danger this weekend. The National Weather Service issued a “fire weather watch” for tonight through Monday night because of a forecast that calls for higher temperatures and hot, dry Santa Ana winds. Humidity will drop as offshore winds cross the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, including the Santa Clarita Valley, according to the forecast. But firefighters were able to take advantage Thursday and Friday of cooler weather as they struggled to contain a forest fire that has scorched 30,637 acres since Labor Day. The fire started in the southeastern corner of Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County and through a section of Angeles National Forest toward Interstate 5 in Los Angeles County. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsWhile the offshore winds could diminish Sunday night and Monday, there is a “strong potential” for long durations of humidity at 10 percent or less, the Weather Service reported. By Tuesday, however, onshore flow is expected to return, bringing a gradual increase in humidity, the Weather Service reported. Meanwhile, concerned about the coming hot spell, firefighters worked on a dig line along the fire’s edge. A dig line is a path blazed by bulldozers to create a gap in the vegetation fueling a blaze. Hand crews remained active overnight Thursday, working in 60-degree temperatures and near-100 percent humidity, according to fire commanders. The fire was 30 percent contained by Friday morning, with no estimated time for complete containment. As of Friday morning, 1,747 firefighters and support personnel were deployed in the firefighting effort, which has cost an estimated $14.4 million so far, authorities said. No injuries or structural damage – other than the destruction of several picnic tables and recreational cabins – have been reported, although the fire caused a scare earlier this week when it advanced to within a mile and a half of the Paradise Ranch mobile-home park in Castaic. Forest recreation areas near the fire are closed, including Pyramid Lake, the eastern half of the Sespe Wilderness and the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area. Fire investigators determined that “someone burning a small amount of material” caused the fire, according to the Forest Service. Potential suspects and witnesses were interviewed, but no immediate arrests were made. ——— FORECAST Today will be sunny and mild in the Santa Clarita Valley with high temperatures in the mid- to upper 70s and overnight lows dipping into the mid-50s. Winds from the north will gust to 20 mph. Sunday will be hotter, with highs in the low 90s and winds hitting 25 mph. Warm weather will continue through Tuesday, cooling slightly Wednesday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Paul Pogba has started matches against Rochdale and Arsenal in the past week Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been ruled out of Thursday’s Europa League fixture against AZ Alkmaar.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his 21-man squad have travelled to the Netherlands without the Frenchman, following specialist advice about a foot injury. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week 1 Getty Images – Getty Lille vs Chelsea (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Swansea (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2AZ Alkmaar vs Man United (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Birmingham vs Middlesbrough (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTFulham vs Charlton (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT LIVE on talkSPORT Pogba’s ankle knock forced him to miss two games, but he returned for the Red Devils against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup last week.The Frenchman also played the full 90 minutes of United’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Monday.However, the club say Pogba ‘requires a period of further rest and conservative treatment for the foot injury’.Speaking at his pre-match press conference in Holland, Solskjaer said it would have been too much of a risk to play Pogba, given that the game will be played on an artificial surface.He said: “It is after discussions with a specialist that we planned that he needs further treatment and rest on his ankle.“And I probably wouldn’t risk him on Astroturf anyway if he was available for this game. But he needs a bit of rest now.”The 26-year-old is yet to score this season amid transfer speculation linking him with moves to Juventus and Real Madrid.In June, Pogba admitted ‘it could be time for a new challenge’, but United’s £150million valuation was not met and he remained at Old Trafford. United will also be missing Anthony Martial, Phil Jones and Luke Shaw for the Europa League clash, as well as Aaron Wan-Bissaka due to tonsillitis.Diogo Dalot and Angel Gomes are available for Thursday’s game, while 19-year-old Brandon Williams has been named in the squad.