More club versus country aggro for Nobby

Last updated : 01 May 2003 By Martyn Elliott

Last weekend’s derby hero decided that preparing for the last two games of the season was more important than an international friendly, incurring the wrath of the Peru Football Federation.

Peru coach Paulo Autuori said: "I really don’t want to go into the details of what has happened with Solano because it’s something that must be resolved between the federation and the English club."

But Federation vice president Fransisco Lombardi reacted more angrily, commenting: "We didn’t expect that Solano could do something like this to us and to all the Peruvians that consider him one of the national team’s most important players, so I think that it’s very possible that the Federation will sanction him."

Nobby told his personal website: "I obviously love my country but it's my club who pay my wages, and looking at the situation now we have a very important game at home to Birmingham on Saturday.

"A win will put us in a very strong position to qualify for the Champions League and I’m desperate to do everything I can to get the result.

"Peru played Paraguay in a friendly match last night and, although it would have been great to have played, I could not have made it back and prepared properly for Saturday’s game."

Well done Nobby!