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Posted on 23 August 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Christian Ziege has expressed his gratitude to his family for their patience during a difficult time in his rehabilitation from a second thigh operation.

As he explained here on Wednesday, Christian required further surgery on the injury he initially sustained on Boxing Day last year. The aftermath of this was an uncertain time for Christian and he was unable to walk or go about his everyday life.

"First of all I have to thank my family because they had patience with me," said Christian, now happily running again. "The first two weeks I couldn't walk otherwise they said I could have the same problem again.

"It worked for me but it was a hard time - especially the week where I didn't know what was going to happen.

"But there are so many more serious things in the world and I will now be able to play again. I've lost time and I will be back - I hope to be back in style."

The elegant wing-back, who departed our pre-season game against Wycombe, participated fully in the early part of pre-season preparations.

"I don't know if it was the games because afterwards they said I couldn't train with it. I was surprised, I was running but got this strange feeling. They said though, at first, that there would be a strange feeling for the first year because of the nerves in the leg.

"I didn't recognise that there was something wrong until the game against Wycombe. There was no pain, but a funny feeling and I couldn't really run and had no power. I thought it was better to see the doctor and it was a nightmare when he said he might have to do the operation again."

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