Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

What They Said

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

What They Said

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Rio ferdinand: "What can you say? I saw him go down and thought he'd probably be up in the next five minutes, that he'd twisted his ankle slightly or something. To go in and find out he'd done his cruciate ligaments, was devastating for him and very disappointing for the rest of the team as well. We've got our fingers crossed for him."

DAVID BECKHAM (right): "I think we're all feeling for Michael. As a team we've done what we wanted, but to lose Michael is devastating for everyone and the team.

"We all know how much it meant to him to get fit for the World Cup. Michael is a determined player and he's proved that. He's had a bit of criticism in the last week or two and tonight it was just awful for him. In big competitions you want proven goalscorers, proven great players and he's one. We're devastated for him."

JAMIE CARRAGHER: "I'm devastated, Michael is a good friend of mine. I didn't realise until half time how bad it was. I remember when I broke my leg playing for Liverpool, Michael said he couldn't concentrate for the rest of the game, it was the same for me. He was on my mind the whole second half.

"I've spoken to him and he thinks it will be a long term one. The spirit is pretty high, he is mentally very strong. He has just come back from a long lay off so that must be even harder for him to take. But he's had injuries before, come back and proved he can score goals."

PAUL ROBINSON (left): "I'm utterly devastated. He's just come back so for something like that to happen is very, very unfortunate. I'm sure he will come back stronger, but it's a terrible blow for him and us. We just have to make sure we are successful for him now."

GRAEME SOUNESS: "It is an absolute tragedy for the boy and equally it's an absolute nightmare for Newcastle United and Glenn Roeder. In the 10 games I had him last season, Michael scored seven goals, we won seven, drew one and lost two. That is how good a player he is and it is how important he is for Newcastle United. It's dreadful luck for Michael, but if you look back, players have come back from two serious injuries before and have been fine. I'm sure that will be the same for Michael. …

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