Sven tells TheFA.com that he'll be keeping his fingers crossed for Newcastle United's Jonathan Woodgate.
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has told TheFA.com that he'll be keeping his fingers crossed as Jonathan Woodgate enters a crucial few weeks as he fights for his fitness in the lead-up to Euro 2004.
The 24-year-old former Leeds defender has been in stunning form of late, playing a vital role in the Magpies' surge up the table and run to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup.
He also started England's last game against Sweden, confirming his emergence as one of Sven's key defensive options, along with Sol Campbell, John Terry and Gareth Southgate.
Sven was concerned to see Woodgate limp off with a thigh muscle injury 16 minutes from the end of Sunday's entertaining match between Newcastle and Chelsea at St. James' Park.
"If he is not available, it would be a big blow," Sven told us, back at his Soho Square desk having watched Arsenal clinch the league at Tottenham yesterday.
"We are waiting for further news from Newcastle. He has played very well recently and I hope he can still be available but I am not sure at the moment."
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He said: "I believe now we have to keep our humility, work hard, keep going and try to go the whole season unbeaten. I don't want us to switch off. We have to keep it going." (Daily Mail)
Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri has blamed his side's poor Premiership form on a lack of luck.
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Chelsea remain just one point ahead of Manchester United in the race to finish runners-up to champions Arsenal, but Ranieri is refusing to panic.
He said: "That's the way our luck is going. You can't do anything without luck. We have hit the post three times in the last three matches." (The Sun)
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Henry has scored 29 goals in 33 appearances this season to help Arsenal clinch their third Premiership title in six years.
But Henry said: "We play as a team and we are willing to fight for each other, and you need that ability.
"It is like we are a family, willing to do things together and fight for it." (Daily Mirror)
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The 23-year-old joined Chelsea for £10m from Charlton in January and is delighted at how his season has gone.
He said: "Settling in at Chelsea was always going to take a bit of time, but I am happy with the way things are going.
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