Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

L[degrees]venkrands Not Blaming Malouda; Forward Won't Blame Malouda

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

L[degrees]venkrands Not Blaming Malouda; Forward Won't Blame Malouda

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Byline: Mark Douglas

NEWCASTLE United forward Peter L[degrees]venkrands has personally absolved Florent Malouda of blame for the horror injury he suffered last weekend - and he is hopeful of returning to play a part in the Magpies' relegation scrap.

L[degrees]venkrands has made a full recovery from the breathing problems which caused so much alarm in the weekend home defeat by Chelsea at St James's Park, but has confirmed that he will miss Saturday's crucial game at Stoke following an injury scare that "put things in perspective". L[degrees]venkrands received lengthy treatment on the sidelines and was hospitalised after the challenge by Blues winger Malouda, who has telephoned and texted the Dane to say sorry.

The United man told Malouda it was not his fault, but paid tribute to the France international's "professionalism" - which lifted him as he recovered from the scare.

"Florent Malouda rang me and texted me earlier this week which I thought showed what a great professional he is to get my number and make that call," he told The Journal.

"But it had nothing to do with him and I told him that - it was not his fault. I actually had an infection which had affected me earlier in the game - I just didn't feel right.

"I couldn't breathe properly, I couldn't run properly and I was feeling really bad.

I thought I would improve as the game went on but the hit affected me really badly." L[degrees]venkrands admits it feels almost inappropriate to talk of a comeback after such a serious injury, but he is confident of a return before the end of the season, provided he keeps improving.

"I'm feeling a lot better - my body is a lot better and my breathing is okay again.

But I am still feeling battered and bruised and I don't want to put myself back in things until I feel right," he said.

"I want to get back as soon as possible but an injury like this puts your life in Turn to Page 69 perspective a little bit. …

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