Curbs denies Teddy's claims
By Peter ORourke. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
West Ham boss Alan Curbishley has rejected Teddy Sheringham's claims that he has frozen him out of things at Upton Park.
Sheringham told Sky Sports News of his frustration at his lack of action at West Ham since Curbishley took charge.
The veteran striker claimed Curbishley had left him out of his plans after he asked about a move away in January to relegation rivals Charlton.
Curbishley has moved to deny the suggestions from Sheringham and insists he has no agenda with the former England international
"I have got no problems with the way he has trained or the way he applies himself. In training Teddy is first class," said Curbishley.
"It is just a team selection thing. If you find yourself in the bottom three and you think somebody should be playing, then you play him. You can't have agendas and there is no agenda.
"I pick the team I think will win the game and if that includes Teddy, then it includes Teddy.
"He trains fully with us. He is involved fully with us. He has not been frozen out.
"When I first came in I said I wanted to keep the squad together and bring players in, not let them go. I saw Teddy as part of it and he still is.
"If there was an opportunity for Teddy to leave and go to Charlton, perhaps letting players go to a club in a similar position to you is not the best bit of business.
"I think he was disappointed but (Charlton manager) Alan Pardew never phoned me."
Meanwhile, Matt Upson faces another spell on the sidelines after aggravating his calf injury in training.
Upson has endured a frustrating time at West Ham since his move from Birmingham in January picking up an injury on his debut against Aston Villa and then suffering his current calf problem on his comeback against Tottenham.
Curbishley now expects to be without Upson for most of the remainder of the season.
"He trained the full week before the Middlesbrough game and then on the Friday he felt it again," added Curbishley.
"Because of the situation and the fact he is a big money signing, he is forcing himself to get there. He can't do more than he has been doing.
"The biggest concern is that he gets it right, so when he comes back he does not break down. That would look terrible and his season would be over.
"So we are taking a little more time on it now. It is so frustrating for everyone.
"The glimpses he showed us at Villa Park and against Spurs shows us what a good player we have."