The injury in my thigh heals slowly, but this weekend’s game is coming too fast so sadly I have to sit this one out. When the guys go down to London and play against Fulham I’ll stay home to train and rest, it’s probably the smartest thing to do so that I have a chance to reach the game against Arsenal next weekend. I put a lot of work in additional training so that I stay away from injuries, so it was a bit of a shock to me when I was injured. And it has been incredibly frustrating not being able to participate either at club or national team in the recent days, but I will soon be fit again and the mood rises gradually. I hope the guys play a good game tomorrow and that they secure the first points in the Premier League. Since I have been in the gym and on the treatment bench lately I have not trained with the new players Dann and Yakubu, but I have talked a little with them and they are nice guys who I have great faith in. I hope they get a dream debut tomorrow.

What is particularly bitter about not playing tomorrow is that I have been looking so much forward to beating the living crap out of the Brede Hangeland and the Riise brothers, and it is hundred percent certain that they would have been given a football lesson they have rarely seen. Luckily for them I don’t play ;) Otherwise, I had a birthday recently where I rounded the big three O, and I thank you so much for all the congratulations. I wish everyone a good and pleasant Saturday night.

Morten Gamst Pedersen