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'A great gesture'

25 January 2013

Leigertwood and co back #aminuteforchris

Midfielder Mikele Leigertwood has paid tribute to former Royal and Blade Chris Armstrong - who is set to receive a show of appreciation on Saturday.

Ledge played alongside Chris when the pair were both at Sheffield United, and then came up against the then Reading defender in Mikele's QPR days.

Armstrong's diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 2011 forced him to retire from the game - and his bravery has reverberated around the football world.

"He's a man who has been through a lot and he's an inspiration to us all," said Leigertwood, who backs the proposed third-minute gesture. 

"It'll be nice if something like that was to happen - it'll be a great gesture. Obviously Aston Villa do it with Petrov - it's for clubs to remember their legends and honour them in this way.

"We saw Chris before the Newcastle game - it was really good to see him and he looks well."

A number of Royals tweeted to show their support for #aminuteforchris

Mikele will also have a reunion of his own on Saturday. The midfielder spent two seasons at Bramall Lane - and predicts a tough test from the Blades.

"Sheffield United are a tough team - and it doesn't matter where they are or what league they are in," he added. "All form goes out of the window for cup games so hopefully we can do what we can. 

"They're a big club and I was fortunate enough to play for them in the Premier League. I had good times there, but suffered a couple injury that kept me out for half the season which was quite disappointing, but when I played I was doing quite well.

"It was disappointing that we got relegated, but I enjoyed my time there and made some good friends."

Click the video below to watch Brian McDermott's tribute to Chris.

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