Reyes eases injury fears
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jose Antonio Reyes has revealed he did not suffer a broken leg against Bolton.Arsenal forward Jose Antonio Reyes has allayed fears over his fitness by revealing he did not suffer a broken leg in the 1-1 draw with Bolton.
The Spanish youngster had to be stretchered off after a two-footed tackle from Trotters midfielder Abdoulaye Faye, and initial impressions suggested that Reyes may have broken a bone.
Faye's tackle provoked criticism from Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, but Reyes will have pleased the Frenchman with the news that he only suffered bruising.
The 21-year-old also insisted he aims to recover in time to face Spanish titans Real Madrid in the knock-out stage of the UEFA Champions League.
"Luckily it's only bruised but it could have been worse," Reyes told The Sun.
"I am grateful I haven't broken anything.
"My foot is swollen and it really hurts, but at least my ankle is not broken.
"It's going to be treated as a bad knock and I will do everything possible to be ready for the game against Real Madrid.
"I wouldn't miss that game for anything in the world."
Reyes has been the tormentor of Real in the past with former club Sevilla, and faces a race against time to be fit for the trip to the Bernabeu on February 21.