Milner Blasts Back At Chelsea

Last updated : 22 January 2007 By Footy Mad - Editor

... he says he has been struggling with an ankle problem. He also backed manager Glenn Roeder, who laughed off Jose Mourinho's wild claims that "Newcastle have a better squad than Chelsea".

Milner: "It feels a bit like I'm one of the only players who hasn't been injured but I've actually been playing with a bit of an ankle injury since the away game at Birmingham. I've managed to get through the games, although I have been struggling a little bit. Everyone seems to have knocks here and there, but we have to stick together and try and get through it. With the numbers we have, you can't say I'm not really 100%.

"It's not the same as being at Chelsea and being able to bring in a £30m player. It shows the team spirit we do have. Everyone has had to look inside themselves. There have been injuries but we haven't moaned about them. We've got on with it. It would have been very easy to make excuses but we've never done that as a squad."