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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 October 2005, 15:22 GMT 16:22 UK
Bridge reveals ankle injury pain
Wayne Bridge
Chelsea left-back Wayne Bridge has revealed the extent of the broken ankle which sidelined him for eight months.

Bridge was injured in February 2005 after a challenge with Alan Shearer and only returned to action in the Carling Cup against Charlton on Wednesday.

"It was quite serious. I broke the fibula which isn't so bad but the ankle almost came away from the leg," said the 25-year-old.

"I ripped all the ligaments bar one. It was hanging on by one ligament."

He added: "They couldn't operate for about two weeks because there was so much swelling and bleeding.

Sven-Goran Eriksson just asked me how I was getting on and was pleased to see I was doing so well
Wayne Bridge

"We had to wait for the bleeding to go down. I had to spend a week or so in hospital before they could operate."

Bridge played 45 minutes of a pre-season game against DC United in the US and his outing came much to the anger of his surgeon.

"They said I wouldn't really be training until September," said Bridge.

"They told me how nasty it was and to get it into my head that I wouldn't be playing until then.

"But everything was going so quickly. I was walking quickly, I was running and playing far before they expected, but the last few steps have taken a little longer.

"When we were in America I remember the doctor telling me after I had played that the surgeon had phoned up to ask what the hell was going on.

"But he told him that I felt good, it wasn't perfect and I could train, run about and do most things."

Bridge will have his sights set on getting back into the England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad for the World Cup.

"I've heard he's said that he wants me in the World Cup squad if I'm fit but I haven't seen that," said Bridge.

"He just asked me how I was getting on and was pleased to see I was doing so well."


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