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Roussel Faces Injury Wait

Cedric Roussel faces an anxious wait to hear whether his first season in English football will end under the surgeon's knife.

The Belgian striker aggravated a knee injury in Saturday's match at Newcastle United and underwent a hospital scan on the injury today.

He said:

"I am afraid. I hope that surgery is not needed. I twisted awkwardly as I fell during the match and the Newcastle player Dabizas could not believe that I could not get up.

"The pain was terrible. I felt click, click, in my knee and I thought, it has gone again.

"I had to be carried off by stretcher and the pain was so bad I could not walk on it on Sunday.  It is a little better today and the initial diagnosis is that it could be damage to the medial ligament.

"I have never had a knee injury like this before. My career in England began so well, but in later weeks I have been troubled by injuries.

"I am just hoping that the doctor tells me that I need rest and rehabilitation to cure the injury.  In any case my season is over. I shall miss Euro 2000 and all my thoughts are on Coventry City.

"It is my club and I want to be fit and ready for the start of next season. The English game is so fast that injuries can happen at any time.

"You can be feeling on top of your game one week, then the next week you can be a little tired and pick up an injury."

Roussel's injury brings the number of players on the casualty list to 19 and manager Gordon Strachan claimed today that he had only eight first team players fit with Saturday's last home match of the season against Sheffield Wednesday looming.

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