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Forlan's fitness admission

Uruguay star was not in peak condition for semi

Last Updated: 07/07/10 4:10pm

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Forlan: Injury problem

Forlan: Injury problem

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Uruguay star Diego Forlan has admitted he was not fully fit for his side's World Cup semi-final defeat to Holland

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Forlan was substituted with five minutes to play and he admitted that he was not at this best during the clash after going into the semi-final tie with a tendon strain.

The Atletico Madrid ace admitted the injury stopped him from contributing fully to his side as they saw their World Cup dream ended.


"Personally, I feel useless because I was not in a good enough physical state to be able to perform at my best," said Forlan.

"Collectively I think it was very good, but it cost us a lot to get the second goal, they got two in those four minutes and that settled it.

"I was not contributing anything to bother them so it was better that another player came in. I was tired.

"This was the most important match of my career and I wasn't 100 per cent fit, I feel bad that I wasn't able to give my best.

"I'm tired, my body couldn't give any more. I have played 67 matches this season and it has just been too much."

Forlan is hopeful of being fit for the third place play-off this weekend and he is determined to help his country end their World Cup campaign on a high by taking third spot.

"I believe I will be okay, now it hurts but I hope to make the [third place play-off] game, it's still several days away," added Forlan.

"We all hope to be well enough to play for third place. We are all very proud even though we lost."

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