MY ROD FEELS BET­TER

Ex-kop star fac­ing five-year ban

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By FRANK MCCAULEY By PHIL DOYLE By STEVE GOOD­MAN

DAVID SILVAsays he’s been made to feel like noth­ing more than a “sup­port­ing ac­tor” by Spain coach Vi­cente del Bosque since last year’s World Cup.

The 25-year-old mid­fielder has won a half-cen­tury of caps for his coun­try since de­but­ing in 2006 but has strug­gled to claim a first-team berth since Spain’s open­ing game in South Africa against Switzer­land last sum­mer.

Del Bosque’s side lost that match 1-0 but while they went on to lift the tro­phy, Silva barely fea­tured again af­ter be­ing subbed in the sec­ond half.

When asked how he sees him­self in the national team now, the City play­maker said: “Like a sup­port­ing ac­tor”.

He added: “I feel that I don’t have the con­fi­dence of the coach.

“When I was the only vic­tim of the de­feat against the Swiss, I thought that it could be to do with fit­ness, but af­ter­wards the crit­ics said my per­for­mances FORMER Liver­pool striker Mi­lan Jo­vanovic is fac­ing a po­ten­tial five-year ban – for aim­ing an imag­i­nary MA­CHINE GUN at op­pos­ing fans.

The Ser­bia in­ter­na­tional (right), who joined An­der­lecht this sum­mer, made the ges­ture af­ter scor­ing his side’s late equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Club Bruges three weeks ago.

Bel­gian po­lice launched an en­quiry, and the coun­try’s in­te­rior min­istry has now said the 30-year-old could be banned from have al­ways been good, but that isn’t enough for the coach to trust in me.

“Be­fore that game I felt con­fi­dent. I played reg­u­larly and I had a place in the team, but af­ter that de­feat every­thing started to change.

“Over time I’ve thought that I was the vic­tim of that bad start we had in the World Cup.”

Silva is well aware that com­pe­ti­tion is tough for a place in the Spain mid­field.

He added: “My team-mates are very good and it’s not up to me to de­cide if I have to be part of the start­ing XI.

“The only thing I say is that whilst Luis Aragones had con­fi­dence in me, Del Bosque thinks dif­fer­ently.”

Look­ing ahead to the Euro 2012 fi­nals, Silva added: “The de­ci­sion of who goes or not will be the coach’s.

“I’ll work hard to main­tain the level I’m at now, but I still doubt I’ll have a lead­ing role in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.” WI­GAN boss Roberto Martinez has re­vealed the knee in­jury suf­fered by Hugo Ro­dal­lega (left) is not as se­ri­ous as first feared.

The striker was hurt in the clos­ing mo­ments of Satur­day’s 3-1 de­feat at Ever­ton, be­ing car­ried off af­ter a chal­lenge by De­nis Strac­qualursi.

There had been fears that Ro­dal­lega had suf­fered se­ri­ous knee lig­a­ment dam­age and would be out for up to three months.

But, while Martinez can­not give a timescale for the Colom­bian’s re­turn, he says it won’t take as long as Lat­ics had ini­tially thought.

He said: “The scans came back re­ally pos­i­tive. It doesn’t seem there are any big con­cerns in terms of the struc­ture of the knee.

“We won’t know how long ex­actly he’s go­ing to be out but what’s clear is that the in­jury is not as bad as we first thought.

“It’s fan­tas­tic news and now we are go­ing to make sure that Hugo re­cov­ers well and gets back on the foot­ball pitch as quickly as pos­si­ble.” all sta­di­ums un­til 2016. Spokesman Jo Van­hecke said: “We’ll treat Jo­vanovic no dif­fer­ently from any other cases.

“He risks a pun­ish­ment un­der ar­ti­cle 23 of the foot­ball laws for in­cite­ment to ha­tred and anger.

“As a foot­baller he should be set­ting an ex­am­ple to oth­ers. We live in a coun­try with laws, and ev­ery­body is en­ti­tled to pro­tec­tion.”

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