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Anderton injury update

English Barclays Premiership

The news is positive about Darren Anderton - although the England star will still be out for up to a month.

There were fears that the midfielder had suffered a recurrence of groin problems that plagued his career between 1995-1998.

However it has been confirmed that Anderton actually suffered a fresh injury against Everton on Tuesday and manager George Graham expects him to bounce back within a month.

The 28-year-old had to be substituted after just 12 minutes of the thrilling 3-2 win against Everton. It is believed the injury he sustained - a tear in a muscle at the back of the groin, not the abductor, where he had problems before - happened when he took a corner in the first minute.

Boss George Graham said: "We were hoping that it wasn't going to be a recurrence of his old groin injury, which was really bad. This is a new injury and we're optimistic it's not going to be as long this time. He'll be out a few weeks, perhaps nearer three or four."

Anderton has been hit by a succession of problems in recent years but he seemed to be over the latest - an Achilles injury - this season. Having been advised to rest and therefore miss the summer's European Championships, he has looked strong since the start of pre-season and played himself back into the England side for last weekend's friendly against France.

Unfortunately his jinx struck again on Tuesday and he now looks likely to miss England's opening World Cup qualifying matches against Germany and Greece in October.

Graham added: "Injuries seem to be part of Darren's career but since I've come to the club his attitude has been good and apart from the Achilles last season I've been delighted with the number of games he's played.

"It's just sad because he's looked good in pre-season and started the season well with both us and England. This comes as another setback.

"I'm sure he's been through it so many times before though that he will know how to handle it and he'll be back sooner rather than later."