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KNEESY DOES IT

Posted on 20 June 2007  - 12:00

Paul Stalteri reports that he's feeling stronger and stronger as he tests his knee to the full in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in America.

Paul Stalteri reports that he's feeling stronger and stronger as he tests his knee to the full in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in America.The full-back missed chunks of last season through injury and was ruled out of the final weeks of the campaign by a knee problem. Throw in the fine form of Pascal Chimbonda and Paul was restricted to just 14 appearances of our 59 games in all competitions.

Captain for the showpiece tournament of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), Paul has played four games in 10 days so far, sometimes in searing heat, leading his side to a showdown with host nation USA in the semi-finals in Chicago on Thursday night (6pm US time, midnight UK).

Speaking from Canada’s base in Chicago, Paul said: “At the beginning of the tournament I knew it was going to be a test but I’ve felt fitter and fitter, stronger and stronger by the game.

“It’s always hard work in a tournament like this. Our quarter-final was at one o’clock in the afternoon in Boston with the temperature in the mid to high-80s.

“I had to make a decision at the end of last season because I’d missed the last few games but it was felt a tournament like this would be ideal to get in games and get fit and I feel very strong now, it’s worked out well on a personal level.”

We’ll have more from Paul before his semi-final on Thursday…


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