Newcastle midfielder Peter Lovenkrands has described Florent Malouda as a 'great professional' after the Chelsea winger checked on his health.
Lovenkrands left St James' Park by ambulance at half-time during the Magpies' 2-0 defeat to the Blues last weekend after going into an innocuous challenge with Malouda.
The 29-year-old suffered an accidental elbow to the ribs from the Frenchman shortly before the interval and was struggling to breathe.
However, Lovenkrands insists he does not blame Malouda and has revealed the Chelsea player has called him to make sure he is recovering.
The former Rangers player told Newcastle's official website: "Florent Malouda rang me and texted me earlier this week, which I thought showed what a great professional he is to get my number and make that call.
"But it had nothing to do with him and I told him that - it was not his fault.
"I actually had an infection which had affected me earlier in the game - I just didn't feel right.
"I couldn't breathe properly, I couldn't run properly and I was feeling really bad. I thought I would improve as the game went on but the hit affected me really badly."
Lovenkrands is hoping to make a swift recovery so he can play a part in Newcastle's fierce fight against Premier League relegation.
He said: "I'm feeling a lot better. My body is a lot better and my breathing is okay again.
"But I am still feeling battered and bruised and I don't want to put myself back in things until I feel right.
"I want to get back as soon as possible, but an injury like this puts your life in perspective a little bit.
"Of course, I want to be part of the run-in. I want to be in all the games from now until the end of the season.
"I will take my days to come back. I want to come back and be 100% and do myself justice when I come back."