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FOOTBALL: FULLER OP A SUCCESS.

Byline: LEE WEST

PRESTON manager Craig Brown revealed last night that Deepdale star Ricardo Fuller's cruciate ligament operation had gone smoothly.

The former Hearts striker, who was ruled out for the rest of the season after sustaining the injury in November, was operated on in the US by world famous surgeon Dr Richard Steadman.

Steadman has saved the careers of Ronaldo and Roy Keane among others and Brown said: "It's tremendous news - Ricardo is extremely upbeat after talking to Dr Steadman. I've spoken to Ricardo and he is very pleased with the way it went."

Meanwhile, Brown has demanded his players battle to save his job after the club's sixth defeat in a row on Saturday.

The former Scotland manager saw his side crash 3-0 at Ipswich and another loss would equal their dismal run in season 1994-95 under John Beck, who was sacked after seven consecutive defeats.

Brown said: "Preston North End will have a very good side for the future. But right now, it is a case of fighting our way out of this."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 21, 2003
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