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Lundekvam set to hang up boots

Claus Lundekvam
Lundekvam is to retire after 12 years with Saints (Getty)

Southampton club captain Claus Lundekvam is to retire from professional football because of a long-standing ankle injury.

The 35-year-old had hoped to return to training this month after surgery but suffered a recurrence of his problem.

He told BBC Radio Solent: "This is it for me, it's game over. It's very sad, but it hasn't really sunk in yet."

Lundekvam has made over 400 appearances for Saints since joining from Brann Bergen in 1996 for 350,000.

"I've prepared myself for this situation slightly over the last few weeks after a snapped the tendon in my ankle," he said.

"But it's very difficult to come to terms with. Maybe once the season is finished and the players have gone I'll find it hard to deal with."

see also
Saint Lundekvam fears for career
28 Feb 08 |  Southampton
Lundekvam faces six-month lay-off
08 Sep 07 |  Southampton
Lundekvam targets Saints comeback
04 Jul 07 |  Southampton

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