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Friday, 26 March 2010 16:24

Ricardo Rocha has “nothing to prove” against former club Tottenham

Portuguese fit for weekend

Ricardo Rocha expects to be fit to face former club Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow, after getting the all clear following the knock that forced him off during Portsmouth’s midweek defeat to Chelsea.

Rocha was substituted just before half time at Fratton Park on Wednesday after being caught in the face by the elbow of Chelsea’s Florent Malouda. The former Benfica man was taken to hospital, but the damage is not as serious as first feared and Rocha should be available to face Spurs this weekend.

“I thought I had broken my jaw,” Rocha recalls. “I went to the hospital because I wasn’t feeling good. The pain was so bad, I thought something must be broken. But I can play as soon as Saturday. The coach told me to wait, but I told him I want to help the team.

“I saw the replays after the game and what he (Malouda) did was wrong, but he only got a yellow card.  These actions are dangerous in football. He should have got a red, because he tried only to get me, not the ball.”

Rocha spent eighteen months with Spurs from January 2007 until last summer, when he left for Belgian champions Standard Liege. Now back in the Premiership and ready to face his former club, Rocha insists he goes into the match at White Hart Lane with nothing to prove.

“I don’t have anything to prove to anyone. I had some good games during my first six months there, but then I got injured, the club changed coach and, unfortunately, things did not go well from then onwards.”

By Sean Gillen

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