Nobby misses Bayer clash

Last updated : 17 February 2003 By Martyn Elliott

The winger has failed to recover from the injury that forced him off at half time against Arsenal and has not travelled to Germany with the squad – although he was a doubtful starter in any case, with the likely midfield line up Laurent Robert, Jermaine Jenas, Gary Speed and Kieron Dyer.

Sir Bobby told The Journal: "Nobby is not fit. I have had a long chat with the physios over the weekend and we decided Nobby isn't ready.

"He came off in the Arsenal game with a muscle strain high in his thigh and he has not had sufficient time to recover. It isn't a serious problem, it just needs a little more time."