Curbs calms Freddie fears

27 April 2008 11:40
West Ham United manager Alan Curbishley expects Freddie Ljungberg to be fit enough to play in next month's Euro 2008 finals after the Sweden international was injured in the 2-2 draw with Newcastle United at Upton Park. Ljungberg had to be substituted after suffering a broken rib and will miss the Hammers' last two Premier League games of the season. However, Curbishley said after the game: "I think Steven Taylor has tried to leapfrog Freddie and landed on him. He's been raked all down the side and front of his face and cracked a rib. "That's another one out for us but we're hoping he'll be okay for the Euros." The Hammers looked set to celebrate their 500th Premier League match in style, when Mark Noble and Dean Ashton sent them racing into a two-goal lead, midway through the first half. But the visitors scored twice just before half-time through Obafemi Martins and Geremi to earn Kevin Keegan's side a point. Curbishley added: "We were playing ever so well for 40 minutes and could perhaps have been even further ahead. We just had a crazy couple of minutes. "It was a terrific ball - the type that Martins feeds on - and Tomkins just got caught under it but that's another learning curve for him. "That turned the game in their favour. But I'm delighted with the way we played, for the whole game really, but obviously two wasn't enough."

Source: ESA