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Laurent Robert Interview 28

Taken from his own official (French Language) website 02.01.02


Newcastle have a massive game tonight against Manchester, will you be

No, I am obliged to forfeit the game due to my hip injury. I felt it go late in the game against Chelsea, in the end I couldn't even kick the ball. I have therefore spoken to Bobby Robson and we decided that I shouldn't take the risk for tonight's game. I need to rest it a little. I've been carrying this injury for many weeks, and I really need to get rid of it.

When do you hope to be back playing?

Normally, next week to face Leeds, which obviously means I'll miss the Cup
game this weekend.

We imagine that you're hugely disappointed to miss the Manchester game?

Oh yes, but there you go, it's better that I don't play and that way I don't aggravate my injury. Even though I want to play, I'll sit it out in patience then start back when I'm a 100% and stay that way until the end of the season. As for the game, it's going to be a tough one, Manchester are on a good run, and if we can leave with a point we will have done well.

Last week Chelsea came to St James' Park and won 2 - 1. Was the victory

No not really, because we had many chances, the only problem was that we fell on a big Cudicini. He stopped everything. On our side we conceded two goals due to defensive errors. We didn't really play to our best, and once again I had a quiet game on the left. For me a draw would have been a fair result.

Did you have a chance to talk to William Gallas?

Yes, we spoke before the game and as usual, we spoke a load of crap (laughs). He told me that he was very happy at Chelsea. Moreover these idiots lost 4 - 2 against Southampton at home, they're really useless...!(laughs)

Any movements on transfer front?

No, there's nothing. And are there any transfers in France?

Chapuis has just signed for l'OM (Marseille)

Oh, so that's it then! I don't understand why Rennes let him leave, because he's a really good player. I wish you a good week.

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