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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 December 2004, 17:48 GMT
Parker blames injury on new pitch
Scott Parker
Parker has found first-team opportunities limited
Chelsea midfielder Scott Parker has blamed the newly-laid Stamford Bridge pitch for the broken foot he suffered during the 4-0 win over Norwich.

Parker injured a metatarsal and is facing three months out of action and he believes the pitch played its part.

"The pitch was pretty poor, I seemed to buckle my foot and I knew straight away because I felt something pop," he said.

"I went to a specialist and we've ruled out it being a stress fracture. We think it is a straight break."

He added: "I went straight over to the bench after we had scored and I said to (physio) Mike Banks I think I have broken something in my foot.

"The boss said to come off but I wanted to carry on. Everyone knows my situation and I just wanted to impress.

"Maybe I've made it a bit worse but I just wanted to stay on. It was probably stupid. It was only five minutes after coming on and I didn't want to come off.

"If I can be back in late February, early March I will be really happy.

"I was speaking to Steven Gerrard about his recovery and he has given me a bit of hope because he was back playing in eight weeks."

Parker joined Chelsea from Charlton Athletic in January for 10m but has struggled to force his way into the starting line-up, appearing in only 10 games in the last two months.

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