French national team right back Bacary Sagna will miss Euro 2012 after breaking his fibula in Arsenal's game Saturday against Norwich City, and he says Bradley Johnson deliberately stepped on his leg.
"I think he did it on purpose," the 29-year-old told French sports daily L'Equipe on Sunday. "He stepped on my leg. Play continues. I get back on my feet. And when I tried to control the ball, I felt a crack, just like the first time at Tottenham. He stepped right where the plate was. I think the plate pressured [the bone]. It's a neat break, just above the plate."
Sagna was sidelined for four months after breaking his fibula in the same leg against Tottenham in October. He collapsed in the first half of Saturday's 3-3 tie shortly after Johnson stepped on his leg.
"That's how it is," he said of his latest injury. "It's soccer. It has happened to others before me," he added. "I came back once, I will come back a second time. Even stronger."