No new injury for Aliadiere
Gareth Southgate has calmed fears that Jeremie Aliadiere has suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury.
By Peter Fraser
Last Updated: 30/10/07 10:06am
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate has calmed fears that Jeremie Aliadiere suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury in Saturday's defeat to Manchester United.
Boro suffered a 4-1 defeat to the defending Premier League champions at Old Trafford and Aliadiere limped off after 55 minutes.
It was feared the French forward had aggravated the hamstring strain which had seen him sidelined for the previous six weeks, but Southgate insists the substitution was only a precaution.
"He just had cramp," Southgate told Boro's official website.
"We were very conscious with him having been out for six weeks, we knew he wouldn't last 90 minutes.
"We hoped he could give us an hour and we got 55 out of him in the end.
"He cramped up and we had to make sure that he is right in the longer term for us."
Southgate also admitted his delight at seeing Aliadiere, who joined Boro for £2million from Arsenal in the summer, net his first goal for the club in the defeat to United.
"That was an important goal for him," Southgate added.
"He needed that first goal for us because he has been torturing defences without getting the goal he deserves.
"For him to come to Old Trafford and score against the best defence in the country gives him and us confidence for future games."