MAY 00] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Froggatt's Euro 2000 Dream Is Over
Sky Blues star Stephen Froggatt is this morning
facing up to international heartache after learning that his injury will keep him out of
this summer Euro 2000 tournament.
England boss Kevin
Keegan has been checking on the player's progress since he picked up an ankle ligament
injury three months ago, but the player has still not regained fitness.
Froggatt has been told
that the injury needs eight weeks of constant rest before he can resume training, leaving
him no chance of making the tournament.
It is a bitter blow
for the 27-year-old, whose form earlier in the season led to Keegan selecting him for
England's crucial play-off ties with Scotland - a heavy hint that he was in the Euro 2000
The player must now
concentrate on shaking off the injury, caused by a reckless Nicky Summerbee tackle, in
time to start afresh next campaign.
Luckily for Froggatt
age is still on his side and if he continues to improve he will still only be 29 when the
squad is selected for the World Cup in two years time.
boss Gordon Strachan was reflecting on a campaign, which saw City finish without a single
victory away from home in the Premiership.
The 1-0 defeat a
Watford was the final nail in a disastrous travelling coffin but Strachan felt his players
had at least shown commitment.
"I saw some good
things out there, there were some good displays by players.
is a very good player and he has been outstanding in the last two matches, he can play
"I also though
that the Hadji man was impressive and showed how much ability he had, so it was not all
One player who did not
seem to impress the City boss was Norwegian Runar Normann who was brought on and off the
park in the space of 30 minutes.
"I don't want to
go into that. I think the substitution speaks for itself."