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Park misses out
03 Apr 2007 - 10:07:59
Manchester United midfielder Ji-Sung Park has not travelled with the rest of the squad for the Champions League quarter-final first leg against AS Roma, but Louis Saha and Darren Fletcher are surprise inclusions in the 19-man party.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson had earlier hinted that Saha and Fletcher, who have been sidelined recently with injuries, would feature for the reserves on Thursday to improve their match fitness.
Ferguson has a defensive headache though as Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, Gary Neville and Mikael Silvestre all remain in the treatment room.
Saha looks set to have to settle for a place on the substitute's bench in the Italian capital after spending the last month sidelined with a hamstring injury, but is keen to return to action as soon as possible.
He said: "I don't think I could be any fresher. I've missed quite a few games this year and I've so much pent-up energy that I want to get out of my system.
"I feel like I've got something to prove again. I'm raring to go. I'm confident and I want to be back playing and scoring goals.
"I like the pressure, that's why I'm at a club like this. We are in a great position and if you look at what we've done in the last six months it's amazing.
"But we can't say it's a job well done or talk too much about how good we've been until we win the Premiership trophy. The only way we can be congratulated is if we now go on to win the title.
"If we don't then the hard work is wasted. It will feel like six months for nothing. We have to get the trophy and finish the job, and I think we're playing with the confidence do it."