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take it easy Bougie....

Madjid Bougherra faces doubts over his participation in Algeria’s World Cup opener after being told to put his feet up by his national team boss. The Rangers defender is struggling to overcome an injury picked up in Scotland that could harm his preparations for the tournament in South Africa.

Bougherra has a torn calf muscle that is preventing him from training with his international team-mates and missed Rangers last four SPL matches through injury. Algeria manager Rabah Saadane has warned him that he will have to take it easy or he could blow his World Cup dreams.

“Bougherra’s injury requires special care,” Saadane said.

”I want him to rest for at least another 10 days.

“He came to this training camp with a torn calf. The medical staff will treat him in the best possible way so we can get him fit for the finals.

“He will be subject to intensive medical care.”

Bougherra is a key player in Algeria’s defence and his absence from any of his country’s matches would damage their hopes of progressing from group C. The African nation has been drawn against England, USA and Slovenia and play their opening match against the latter on June 12.

Algeria have been doing their utmost to ensure their squad is fit and ready for the challenge ahead. Bougherra, along with Nadir Belhadj and Hamer Bouazza, has previously been sent to a fitness clinic in Qatar at his country’s expense to receive specialist treatment.

Last updated: 21 May 2010, 08:08

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take it easy Bougie....

Madjid Bougherra faces doubts over his participation in Algeria's World Cup opener after being told to put his feet up by his national team boss. The Rangers defender is struggling to overcome an injury picked up in Scotland that could harm his preparations for the tournament in South Africa.

Bougherra has a torn calf muscle that is preventing him from training with his international team-mates and missed Rangers last four SPL matches through injury. Algeria manager Rabah Saadane has warned him that he will have to take it easy or he could blow his World Cup dreams.

"Bougherra's injury requires special care," Saadane said.

"I want him to rest for at least another 10 days.

"He came to this training camp with a torn calf. The medical staff will treat him in the best possible way so we can get him fit for the finals.

"He will be subject to intensive medical care."

Bougherra is a key player in Algeria's defence and his absence from any of his country's matches would damage their hopes of progressing from group C. The African nation has been drawn against England, USA and Slovenia and play their opening match against the latter on June 12.

Algeria have been doing their utmost to ensure their squad is fit and ready for the challenge ahead. Bougherra, along with Nadir Belhadj and Hamer Bouazza, has previously been sent to a fitness clinic in Qatar at his country's expense to receive specialist treatment.

Last updated: 21 May 2010, 08:08

Yet some believed as with Cuellar the club rested him to avoid injury as he was being sold ;)

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I think Bougherra's injury problems are obviously genuine enough but I was disappointed he didn't attend the trophy presentation as well.

In saying that, it isn't often Algeria qualify for the World Cup so I don't blame him all that much for focussing his attention on ensuring he plays a part in the finals of the competition.

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And there were people criticizing Boogie because he didn't play in the last few games of the season. :rolleyes:

Most of the criticism was directed at him for not turning up to the trophy presentation.

He was given leave of absence for personal reasons which people wouldn't accept because the full details haven't been divulged, but there were definitely people having a go because he didn't play in the last few games even though he was and apparently still is injured.

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And there were people criticizing Boogie because he didn't play in the last few games of the season. :rolleyes:

Most of the criticism was directed at him for not turning up to the trophy presentation.

He was given leave of absence for personal reasons which people wouldn't accept because the full details haven't been divulged, but there were definitely people having a go because he didn't play in the last few games even though he was and apparently still is injured.

His previous track record would have been part of that thinking, however unfair that may seem. As for the last day no show, he could have done France and back in the one day, not too much to ask.

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And there were people criticizing Boogie because he didn't play in the last few games of the season. :rolleyes:

Most of the criticism was directed at him for not turning up to the trophy presentation.

He was given leave of absence for personal reasons which people wouldn't accept because the full details haven't been divulged, but there were definitely people having a go because he didn't play in the last few games even though he was and apparently still is injured.

His previous track record would have been part of that thinking, however unfair that may seem. As for the last day no show, he could have done France and back in the one day, not too much to ask.

We don't know what was happening in France though to be able to make an informed decision on that, the only thing we are aware of, is that he was allowed to return to France to visit relatives.

Anyway, he would have had to find his passport first to be able to travel back and forth in one day. :ph34r:

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I think the article doesn't appear to be as bad as the headline suggests. I think Algeria are just being cautious and making sure their top players are ready. I hope he has a world cup, and a goal against England wouldn't go a miss either.

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And there were people criticizing Boogie because he didn't play in the last few games of the season. :rolleyes:

Most of the criticism was directed at him for not turning up to the trophy presentation.

He was given leave of absence for personal reasons which people wouldn't accept because the full details haven't been divulged, but there were definitely people having a go because he didn't play in the last few games even though he was and apparently still is injured.

His previous track record would have been part of that thinking, however unfair that may seem. As for the last day no show, he could have done France and back in the one day, not too much to ask.

We don't know what was happening in France though to be able to make an informed decision on that, the only thing we are aware of, is that he was allowed to return to France to visit relatives.

Anyway, he would have had to find his passport first to be able to travel back and forth in one day. :ph34r:

Too true!;-D

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Not physio minded, but I'm sure it's more serious than a strain, I'm sure it's a torn muscle, I remember a while back (might be the same injury), that he had a hole in the muscle, either it's the same injury or possible it never got the chance to recover properly in the first place?

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