Messages of support have been coming in for Djibril Cisse from both his Liverpool and French team-mates, after his horrific leg break which will see him out of the game for at least several month’s.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard told Sky News,
‘Obviously me, Jamie (Carragher), Peter (Crouch) and Scott (Carson) send our regards,’
‘We know how hard he worked to get back from his first leg break.
‘It is a really frustrating injury for him to break his leg again and we send our regards as it is a really sad time for him.’
International team mate Thierry Henry, who was just yards from Cisse when the incident happened, said:
‘It was really not nice to see nor to hear him scream. This is a really bad time for him, for us and his family.
‘It was hard not to think about it during the match because we are leaving a friend on the side of the road. I am sure he will bounce back again. We will try to find the time to go and see him.’
Another teammate, Lyon midfielder Florent Malouda, added:
‘It affected us a lot. We saw what happened and had his screaming in our heads until the end of the match. It’s bad it happened to him again, on the other leg. We must support him because he is going to be going through a difficult time. We don’t know how he will react.
‘We will try to support him the best we can. He came back once and it was an extraordinary recovery. We will now see who will replace him.’
French defender Lilian Thuram said,
‘When I was on the pitch I did not think it was that serious, we were not too sure,’
‘He was in pain, he was saying he had broken his leg, but there is always a doubt. When we found out, we were all extremely sad.
‘The injury is very serious and this is the second time. It is always hard to come back in such circumstances and it’s hard to live with that. Cisse will not be with us physically at the World Cup but he will be in our hearts.’