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Was It Fergie Who Withdrew Saha?

No doubt Sir Alex Ferguson will be relieved: Louis Saha pulled out of France's next too qualifiers.

A spokesman of the French national team confirmed that the United striker has left the training camp and will not be replaced by another player. He is sidelined by the same knee injury that kept him out of the Wigan game on Saturday.

I'd be surprised if his injury was really that serious. After all, yesterday it was believed that he would have no problem playing for France on Wednesday. I think that Fergie intervened in the matter, asking Saha to miss these games in order to ensure he's fit for our league clash with Aston Villa.

The boss will undoubtedly be relieved that Raymond Domenech won't get the chance to play a half-fit Louis Saha and risk another serious injury. Officially United had no problems with Saha going to international duty, they stressed that the national team's doctors are rather good at their job and know everything about Saha's injury history.

This is true, of course but I'd be very surprised if Fergie did not do everything to prevent his striker playing for France, seeing how many injuries he had picked up in the past while on international duty. Players who work with Sir Alex usually develop a history of missing internationals through minor injuries. The boss has great influence over his players and many of them would rather defy national team coaches or FIFA rules than confront him in this matter.

The perfect example for this is Ryan Giggs who pulled out of countless international friendlies though his injury history was nowhere near as shocking as Saha's. I'm now slightly paranoid about Saha, his ability to get injured in even the most harmless circumstances is often blowing my mind... so imagine Fergie whose temper is a lot shorter than mine!

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 9 2007

Time: 3:00PM

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Look, imagine Saha played for France being half-fit and returned to England reporting injured. Fergie would of killed him. United did not want to take risks with Saha and Saha did not want to risk his relation with Fergie. He will be fit and ready for the Villa match, I bet on it.
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09/10/2007 15:17:00

yeah maybe he'll be fit but is all this anxiety over saha really worth it? i mean we treat and protect him as if he was a precious treasure, a real diamond though actually he's only a good player, nothing more. shouldn't we just sell him and buy two good players instead?
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09/10/2007 15:20:00

Saha could be one of the best strikers in Europe so please keep the faith in him. I'm also fed up with his injuries (see above) but his sheer class when playing always makes me say we should hang onto him. Would easily score 20 goals in the league per season without all those injuries.
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09/10/2007 15:27:00

his a great striker but does spend alot of time on the injury table
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09/10/2007 16:27:00

I see another tactical withdrawal in the Giggs mould :-)
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09/10/2007 19:55:00


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