Hodgson still fuming over injury

Challenge on Johnson still angers him

Hodgson: Anger

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Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is still fuming at the injury which has sidelined Andy Johnson.

The England striker was on the end of a cynical body-check whilst playing against Russian outfit Amkar Perm in their Europa League qualifier.

He badly dislocated his shoulder and he has been left with a permanent deformity.

"We know what shoulder injuries are like, you can recover quickly or not all. I'm still angry that it happened," he said.

"In football you do get bad challenges sometimes, which maybe aren't even that intentional, that cost you.

"These things happen but what annoys me about the Johnson situation is there was no attempt to play the ball or to soften the blow.

"It's caused Andy an injury which he will now have to learn to live with. His recovery is not optimal.

"He will have to learn to live with a deformity on his shoulder."

Riise denial

Hodgson also confirmed that new signing Bjorn Helge Riise had denied comparing himself to Damien Duff.

The Norway midfielder was quoted in his domestic press as being disgruntled at his lack of first-team action and compared himself favourably to Duff.

"When players go abroad they do interviews with journalists who aren't as scrupulous as some of those in the UK," he said.

"The player says all the right platitudes like 'I want to get into the team', but of course that won't sell any newspapers so the Norwegian journalist thinks,

'Who can I compare him with?'.

"So he compares him with Damien Duff, who has many caps for Ireland and has been involved in a couple of big transfers.

"Riise rang me on Monday and was devastated at what had been written.

"He didn't say it and would never compare himself with Damien. He called Damien to reassure him.

"Riise is a very modest, sensible lad who knows he has a lot to do to break into the team.

"He would never criticise anyone in our team, so I feel sorry for him."