Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Good news on Djourou - Full English translation of story on Swiss national team website

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Translated from Swiss national team website:

According to the player himself, Johan Djourou of Arsenal (24) is less severely injured than was feared.

Cuno Wetzel, the Swiss national team doctor, received "good news" from England early Tuesday afternoon: Johan Djourou's knee injury is apparently much less severe than had been feared. The Arsenal and Switzerland central defender had to be replaced three days ago in the 48th minute of the league match against Newcastle.

Painful bruise

Initial medical reports suggested that Djourou was injured either on the kneecap or had suffered cartilage damage. "The player suffered a very painful knee injury. The swelling and bruising delayed the diagnosis," said Wetzel, visibly relieved, "If the healing process is normal, Djourou will probably start training again in less than a week."

Swiss national coach pleased

Swiss national coach Ottmar Hitzfeld was very pleased with the news: "I am happy for Johan, but also for the national team. Djourou is a very important player in my thoughts. As we saw in his comeback in November 2010 in Geneva against the Ukraine, he is very important to the team. He came back very well, played to a high standard and he is very good in the opponents penalty area on set-pieces. Beceause he is 1.90m tall opposing defenders must pay him particular attention, and this may bring space and benefits for other players in our team."

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