Bad news for Boa

Monday 29 April 2002

Luis Boa Morte finally got the news he was dreading last week, when the results of the scan carried out on his knee revealed that the injury is of a relatively serious nature and is likely to keep him out for six to eight weeks.

Any lingering hopes that the Portuguese international had of a World Cup call-up have now been firmly dashed.

"I've had the results back now," said a subdued Boa Morte, speaking to Fulham Today, "and it looks like I'll be laid up for a couple of months. I'll have to rest it initially and do some muscle work around the knee.

"Hopefully if everything goes right, then I can be back for the first week of pre-season training. We have to take everything carefully so that we don't cause any further damage, but it means I'll be doing a lot of work over the summer."

Physio Michael Snelling explained exactly what the problem is.

"The scan has revealed that Luis has a grade two sprain of the medial collateral ligament of his right knee.

"He'll be going to the rehabilitation centre in France for a couple of weeks in the summer, and he'll probably just about be ready to return in time for pre-season training with everyone else. Conservatively, this sort of injury takes six to eight weeks to sort out."