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Froggatt's Euro 2000 Dream Is Over

Stephen Froggatt, Coventry City FCSky 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 plans.

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.

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Meanwhile Coventry 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.

He said:

"I saw some good things out there, there were some good displays by players.

"Youssef Chippo is a very good player and he has been outstanding in the last two matches, he can play anywhere.

"I also though that the Hadji man was impressive and showed how much ability he had, so it was not all negatives."

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.

Strachan said:

"I don't want to go into that. I think the substitution speaks for itself."

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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 15 May 00

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