Gio's close to being match-fit

Last updated : 12 November 2002 By Chris Parry

Gio said: "I feel very good. I played 90 minutes in my first game back and it was great. However, I felt a bit tired later. I think I am now close to being 100 per cent match-fit.

"But after being out for eight months, you do not get back to full fitness after one match. It was also great to play with Robert Pires who had a similar knee injury. To assist him for his goal against Sunderland was a great moment."