Kanoute to grit his teeth
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Frederic Kanoute is prepared to play through the pain to help Sevilla reach the Uefa Cup final as the Malian striker continues to suffer from a groin injury.
The 29-year-old played in the first leg defeat against Osasuna last week, but has missed the last three league matches as he tries to shake off the problem.
Despite still feeling some pain, Kanoute is prepared to lead the Sevilla front line on Thursday in the second encounter in the Sanchez Pizjuan.
"If I had not had a rest then maybe I would not be back now, but if I play and still feel some pain then I will I grit my teeth and help us reach the final," he said in a press conference on Tuesday.
Kanoute then revealed that he has not noticed any extra tension in the build-up to the game and believes that Sevilla will go out feeling confident.
"There are no nerves, none that I have noticed anyway," he continued. "We are very focused, but are just not nervous.
"We are convinced that we can win the tie because we have already surmounted more difficult challenges than this, although this is football and you can never say never.
"We always play to attack because we have the players to do that and, besides, we have some very good players at the back to ensure that we keep clean sheets."
Whatever the outcome of the Uefa Cup encounter, Kanoute believes that Sevilla will be in great shape to take on Real Madrid in their top-of-the-table clash at the weekend in the Bernabeu.
"If we win then our spirits will be very high, but if not then we will be putting all our energies into winning the league, so we will be completely ready for the Real Madrid game," he said.