New injury sidelines Anderton

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Darren Anderton, Tottenham's injury-prone midfielder, is back on the casualty list and out of England's World Cup qualifier against Germany next month.

Darren Anderton, Tottenham's injury-prone midfielder, is back on the casualty list and out of England's World Cup qualifier against Germany next month.

The 28-year-old, whose career has been blighted by a succession of injuries, tore a groin muscle taking a corner for Spurs in the first minute of Tuesday night's 3-2 home win over Everton.

He is still awaiting the results of a scan on the damaged area but fears he is likely to be out of action for between four and to six weeks.

Anderton said: "I couldn't believe it when it happened. I hurt myself when I crossed the ball and, although I tried to carry on, there was no way I could."

Anderton, who hobbled off in the 17th minute, had made a full recovery from an Achilles tendon operation which sidelined him towards the end of last season.

He had made an impressive start to the new campaign, and said: "I've had no problem at all with the Achilles but now this happens. It felt like a tear straight away and I've just got to hope it heals as quickly as possible."

Anderton thought his awful luck with injuries had finally turned. Before the Achilles problem last season, which persuaded him to ask the England coach Kevin Keegan not to pick him for the Euro 2000 so that he could take a summer's rest, he had played in almost all of Tottenham's matches.

The previous season he made 45 first-team starts despite a knee injury that kept him out for four games in September - a major improvement on the previous campaign when he appeared just seven times in the starting line-up.

Real Madrid's Steve McManaman received a standing ovation from the crowd and was cheered every time he touched the ball as he was finally recalled to the team in a pre-season friendly.

The England international, who has not played for Real since scoring in the European Cup final victory over Valencia in May, came on as a second-half substitute in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Santos at the Bernabeu.

The midfielder has fallen out of favour with coach Vincente del Bolque since the record signing of Luis Figo from Barcelona in the summer.

But McManaman's insistence that he wants to stay and fight for a place at the club, despite being told he should look for a transfer, has won him hero status among the fans - a fact recognised by Del Bosque yesterday.

"Macca is a player who is loved by the fans." said Del Bosque, "so the reception he received strikes me as perfect.

"I'm not in confrontation with him and it's great that the crowd love him."

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