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Lovenkrands: I skipped World Cup for Newcastle

Peter Lovenkrands admits he turned down a World Cup campaign with Denmark partly to be ready for Newcastle United's Premier League tilt.

Now refreshed and recharged for the new campaign - he hopes to shrug off a groin injury to play against Villa - Lovenkrands is targeting Premier League safety and a place at Euro 2012.

He told the Sunday Sun: "I chose not to go to the World Cup. I needed a break from football to be with my family and my mum because last season was a real rollercoaster.

"I spoke to the coach (Morten Olsen) and he really understood, and that was what I needed to hear from him.

"I think I did the right thing. I said to him the Premier League is coming up and I need to be 100 per cent. He said, 'This does not rule you out for the Euro 2012 qualifiers'.'

"That is a goal now. I feel like I am through that pain and grief I had."

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