Israelis dispute Chelsea claims
The Israeli FA have hit back at Chelsea's claim that Yossi Benayoun picked up his injury whilst on international duty.
Last Updated: 18/10/10 8:14am
The Israeli Football Association have hit back at Chelsea's claim that Yossi Benayoun picked up his Achilles tendon injury whilst on international duty.
Benayoun joined up with Israel last week, but it soon became clear he had an issue and it was revealed he has a tear in his tendon which has sidelined him for six months.
Chelsea say Benayoun sustained the injury whilst with Israel, but they insist that is not the case.
"When Yossi Benayoun came to Israel he didn't practise with us, even for a single second," IFA chief spokesman Gil Lebanony said.
"He came with pain in his Achilles tendon and with a diagnosis from Chelsea that it was only a small tear.
"But our doctor said immediately that it was a very serious problem and sent him for an MRI scan. The MRI doctor diagnosed the big tear immediately.
"We're sorry that he is injured because Yossi is so important for us, as he is for Chelsea but we're not to blame for the injury."
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti had early stated: "We are sure that, when he left England, they didn't have a tear on his tendon. We are sure of this.
"He had a calf problem. The MRI showed this problem, but the tendon was clear.
"He had a problem at the start of the season with inflammation on his tendon, had treatment and came back to play for us and the national team.
"I don't know what happened after he left England. I haven't asked him because I haven't seen him. I trust my doctor at this club, and we are sure. I can say this: he didn't have a tear on his tendon when he left England."