Israel deny Blues’ Benayoun claims

Benayoun is facing up to six months on the sidelines with the

injury but the IFA insisted he arrived from England with the

problem. IFA chief spokesman Gil Lebanony said: “When Yossi

Benayoun came to Israel he didn’t practice with us, even for a

single second. “He came with pain in his Achilles tendon and with a

diagnosis from Chelsea that it was only a small tear. “But our

doctor said immediately that it was a very serious problem and sent

him for an MRI scan. The MRI doctor diagnosed the big tear

immediately. “We’re sorry that he is injured because Yossi is so

important for us, as he is for Chelsea but we’re not to blame for

the injury.” Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti had insisted Benayoun

was injury free when he went to Israel. Ancelotti said: “We are

sure that, when he left England, they didn’t have a tear on his

tendon. We are sure of this. “He had a calf problem. The MRI showed

this problem, but the tendon was clear. He had a problem at the

start of the season with inflammation on his tendon, had treatment

and came back to play for us and the national team. “I don’t know

what happened after he left England. I haven’t asked him because I

haven’t seen him. I trust my doctor at this club, and we are sure.

I can say this: he didn’t have a tear on his tendon when he left

England.”