Festive fixtures flummox Franco

The 33-year-old striker played in the Boxing Day victory over

Portsmouth and the defeat at Tottenham on Monday that keeps

Gianfranco Zola’s men in trouble towards the foot of the Premier

League. “We’ve had two games in 48 hours and it’s crazy – only in

England do you play twice in such a short space of time,” said the

Mexican. “I’ve never done it before in my career, not in Argentina,

Mexico or Spain. It’s very difficult for everyone and for us to

play a very important match and lose those two players. “I feel

very tired and I feel down because we lost, but it’s important that

we retain a positive feeling for the future.” During the defeat at

White Hart Lane, Franco picked up his fifth booking of the season,

meaning he will miss the FA Cup third-round tie against the Gunners

at Upton Park on Sunday. “We don’t have too many players,” he

added. “We have some injuries, so I will take care of myself over

the New Year and will be back to help the team in 2010.”