Date: 28th February 2011 at 6:54pm
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On Defoe:

“Defoe has an injury again. He’s had a problem with his ankle before and it didn’t feel too good,”

“We’re trying to finish in the top four and it’s so close. But we’ve got so many players injured, people forget. We’ve got Tom Huddlestone, Younes Kaboul, Ledley King, Woodgate, Bale,¬† Van der Vaart. If you could pick a team of injured players it would be a fantastic team.”

“We had a terrible day at Blackpool, which was a massive setback for us,” he said. “We had been playing so well and everything just went wrong on the day. But we have to come back from that now.”

On Begbie:

” I never said a word to him after the Fulham game. Alan had a groin strain, but he’s fit now. I changed it after Fulham; I brought Corluka back in and we went and won four games on the spin, went to Milan and won. But that’s football: now Charlie¬† is injured, so Alan’s got a chance to get back in the team.”

All quotes courtesy of The National.ae