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Roeder calms Emre fears

02 Oct 2006 - 09:29:45

Newcastle United midfielder Emre should be fit enough to play in his side's next Premiership match against Bolton despite picking up an ankle injury in Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Manchester United.

The Turkey international limped out of the Old Trafford action in the 69th minute but Magpies boss Glenn Roeder does not think the injury is too serious.

"Emre has sprained his ankle," Roeder said after the match.

"The doctor doesn't think it's serious but we'll have a look at it on Monday just to make sure.

"Steve Harper has a slight groin strain as well but that's not too bad, so there are no real problems with the next game not until two weeks' time."

Roeder blamed poor defending for his side's defeat, adding: "It was disappointing to concede the goals either side of half-time, that certainly didn't help.

"We were always going to have to come here and try and contain Manchester United. We couldn't come here and try and play 4-4-2, not the way they play.

"We restricted them to long-range shots in the first half and Stevie Harper had to make a couple of good saves. But the manner of the goals is so frustrating."

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