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Cracked rib agony for Ljungberg

Ljungberg was stretchered off against Newcastle
Ljungberg was stretchered off against Newcastle

West Ham's Sweden midfielder Freddie Ljungberg is a doubt for the Euro 2008 finals after suffering a cracked rib during Saturday's draw with Newcastle.

The 31-year-old was stretchered off after a first-half clash with Magpies defender Steven Taylor.

Hammers boss Alan Curbishley said: "Taylor has tried to leapfrog him and landed on him."

Ljungberg will miss the rest of the Premier League season and has six weeks to get fit before Euro 2008 starts.

He becomes the latest player to join the Hammers' lengthy injury list.

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Curbishley added: "Freddie was raked down the side and the front of his face and cracked a rib.

"That is another one out for us but we hope he will be OK for the Euros."

West Ham drew the game 2-2 after leading 2-0.

see also
West Ham 2-2 Newcastle
26 Apr 08 |  Premier League
West Ham swoop to sign Ljungberg
23 Jul 07 |  West Ham

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