Bruised Reyes targets Real Madrid comeback
LONDON, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Arsenal's Jose Antonio Reyes has escaped with heavy bruising after fears he may have broken his leg following a two-footed tackle by Bolton Wanderers' Abdoulaye Faye in their Premier League match at Highbury on Saturday.
'Luckily, it's only bruised but it could have been worse,' Spain forward Reyes was quoted as saying in Monday's edition of The Sun newspaper. 'I'm grateful I haven't broken anything.
'My foot is swollen and it really hurts but at least my ankle isn't broken,' he added.
Reyes now faces a race against time to be fit for Arsenal's Champions League last 16 first leg match against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu Stadium on Feb. 21.
'It's going to be treated as a bad knock and I'll do everything possible to be ready for the game against Real Madrid. I wouldn't miss that game for anything in the world,' he said.
Reyes was carried off on a stretcher and replaced by Robert Pires after Faye's challenge during the first half of the game at Highbury that finished in a 1-1 draw.
Faye was booked for the challenge, which Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he thought merited 'a dark orange or a red' card.
British media reports said Reyes would have an MRI scan on Monday to test for a stress fracture to his right leg after x-rays on Saturday showed there was no break.