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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 November, 2004, 19:32 GMT
Larsson upbeat over Barca future
Ronaldinho comforts Henrik Larsson as the Swede lies injured
Barcelona striker Henrik Larsson is now confident he can get his career back on track despite the horrific cruciate knee ligament injury he suffered.

Larsson, 33, did the damage in the 3-0 win over Real Madrid but Barca have since offered him a new one-year deal.

"I'm feeling much more upbeat. It's a serious injury I've suffered, but it's part of the game," said Larsson.

"Football's a physical game and these are things than can happen. I always knew something like this could happen."

He added: "The most important thing now is to ensure my knee gets better.

I'm ready to deal with it and go on with optimism
Henrik Larsson

"I need to speak to the doctors and make the best decisions about my recovery and how we're going to deal with it."

Larsson's Nou Camp contract was due to expire at the end of the campaign, but Barca have offered him a 12-month extension.

"I have offered a contract renewal to Larsson so that he can put his mind at rest during this difficult time," said Barca president Joan Laporta.

"We want him to concentrate on recovering without having to worry about his contractual situation."

The prolific Larsson initially said his future was uncertain after being told the injury, picked up in the win over Real Madrid, would sideline him for six months.

Larsson signed a one-year deal with the Catalan giants in the summer after seven seasons with Celtic.

Celtic travel to the Nou Camp in the Champions' League on Wednesday.

The Swede scored against his old club when they met at Celtic Park in the first week of Group F action, with Barca prevailing 3-1.

Larsson was stretchered off in the 72nd minute of Saturday's 3-0 win after tumbling awkwardly chasing a Xavi pass.

His injury again puts the spotlight on the quality of the Nou Camp pitch as he is the fourth Barca player to pick up a serious knee problem after Edmilson, Thiago Motta and Gabri.

The Spanish league leaders had changed their warm-up training sessions after an investigation.





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