West Ham boss Curbishley has no long-term fears for Parker

West Ham boss Alan Curbishley insists he has no long-term fitness concerns for Scott Parker after his latest knee setback.

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Parker suffered the injury in West Ham's win over Manchester United on December 29 and it was confirmed this week that he will not play again until next month.

The 27-year-old had worked his way close to top form after missing most of the first half of the season with knee ligament damage.

New England manager Fabio Capello is busy scouting the Barclays Premier League ahead of his first squad announcement for the friendly against Switzerland on February 6 but Parker has lost the chance to cash in.

Curbishley said: "I am desperately disappointed for him. He is a strong lad and he worked so hard to get back. But Scott Parker is a Trojan. He is a proper player. He comes in every morning, mixes well, trains well and gives everything in games.

"He went into a tackle and Cristiano Ronaldo fell on his knee. It just epitomises what has gone on with the club and he is as frustrated as I am.

"We made four big buys in the summer in Parker, Craig Bellamy, Kieron Dyer and Julien Faubert and the fans have hardly seen them."

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