"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
"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."