Weir accused

Last updated : 08 November 2002 By Martyn Elliott

He told Sky Sports News: "Weir got away with it. He jumped and the point of his elbow hit Laurent in the face. It wasn't a kiss but a strong challenge.

"I've seen it again on tape and the boy is very lucky to get away with it, but unfortunately the referee can't see everything."

The Frenchman will be out for about a month, missing the games with Arsenal, Feyenoord,
Southampton, Manchester United, Everton and Aston Villa, unless he is able play in a Gazza style protective mask.

The club are looking into the chances of this with Sir Bobby commenting: "We'll look into the possibility, but it's a nasty injury below the eye."

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