The former Arsenal forward was out with a hamstring complaint for over a month before returning to the Boro side in the 4-1 defeat to Manchester United and the signs were not good when Southgate replaced the Frenchman soon after half-time with what looked like a similar problem.
But the former England centre-half told the club´s website www.mfc.co.uk: "He just had cramp. We were very conscious with him having been out for six weeks, we knew he wouldn´t last 90 minutes. We hoped he could give us an hour and we got 55 minutes out of him."
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