Football: World Cup '94: Shoulder surgery for Thorstvedt

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ERIK THORSTVEDT, the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper whose late saves for Norway inspired them to a 1-0 win over Mexico in Washington, will miss the start of what was already going to be a very difficult season for his club.

Thorstvedt revealed yesterday that he is carrying a shoulder injury, which will require an operation after the tournament. He is likely to be out of action for about three months. 'It's something that has come on over the last three or four months and I've kept aggravating it in training and in matches,' Thorstvedt said yesterday.

'It had been really bad this week and on Thursday it was just awful, I thought there was no chance of me playing. But I've had a few cortisone injections, put ice on it and rested, and over the last couple of days it got a lot easier.'

Jairo Herrera, the brother of the Colombian defender, Luis Herrera, died on Sunday in a traffic accident in Guarne, east of Medellin. News of the 34-year-old's death was passed yesterday morning to the Colombian coach, Francisco Maturana, whose side play their second Group A match tomorrow.