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Alex Song, in a piece for the TV programme Soccer AM, has described team mate and centre back Thomas Vermaelen as the hardest man in the team.
The Verminator certainly looked the part against Liverpool sporting a classy 'shiner`, a black eye sustained in a clash of heads with Malouda in the Chelsea game. A clash in which he drew blood from Malouda's cranium simply with the use of his eye socket.
While nibbling on some barbed wire, departing from his usual diet of broken glass and house bricks, he tells us in the Liverpool matchday program that he has been playing through the pain barrier since fears that he had broken his fibula in the 0-0 draw against Villa thankfully proved unfounded.
"I was a little bit worried at first but suppose I was lucky! You never know, because it was the smaller leg bone that I hurt, you don`t feel the pain when one`s fractured as you would with the larger one. It turned out that I could play without pain against Manchester United, but after that game I had some more problems so I went for a scan.
"We could see then that there was a big bruise on the bone, and that`s all - so it`s painful but that can be controlled with medicine and when it`s not broken you can`t do too much wrong.
"It`s not a big problem to play - yes, it`s still there and will take some time to go away, but it`s not dangerous."
The Belgian international player who joined us from Ajax in the summer has proved an immediate favourite with supporters.
The tough guy image he is rapidly developing belies much greater skills with Fabregas claiming "I`m a big fan of him, he`s like one more midfielder"
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