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May 27, 2009

Santa Cruz: Leaving comments lost in translation

Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz denied wanting to leave Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday and said his reported comments had got lost in translation.

"Blackburn is like a family to me and I've always tried to give my best for the club," he told reporters. "I've got a lot of friends there and there's a good atmosphere for me to continue."

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce said earlier this month that Santa Cruz had been giving interviews to Paraguayan media in which he expressed a wish to play for a bigger club.

But the former Bayern Munich striker said he had spoken to the coach and explained the situation.

"There's been a lot of confusion with regard to what I've said to the media here," he said.

Santa Cruz, who has been out of action since February with a knee injury, admitted he was doubtful for next month's World Cup qualifiers at home to Chile and away to Brazil.

"I'm more out than in because I haven't worked with the ball or with the team," he said. "I think the first week (of training) will be fundamental."

Paraguay, attempting to qualify for their fourth successive World Cup, lead the 10-team South American group with six matches to play.

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