Injuries beginning to take their toll on players

by Ben McAleer

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

As another Saturday passes, another round of fixtures nears on completion. However, players are now beginning to feel the effect of having played, potentially, 8 games since the season started a month ago.

Tottenham are the hardest hit so far, I believe, with Gomes, Dawson and Defoe all definite long term absentees with Modric on the brink of joining the list that can also accommodate King and Woodgate. As a Spurs fan, the spine has, in my opinion, been ripped out of the team with the loss of Gomes, Dawson, Defoe and Modric. All four are four of the six guaranteed starting players (along with Huddlestone and Bale) and now is when the squad really need to show their depth and adjust to playing without four key starters. Fortunately, Spurs do have the adequate cover with Pletikosa and Cudicini ready to step in for Gomes, Gallas, Kaboul and Bassong bulking up the numbers in defence (but not necessarily the required Champions league quality bar Gallas, of course), Krancjar and VdV ready and raring to step up in the absence of Modric and one Giovani Dos Santos ready to show Redknapp what he can do if give the chance.

Arsenal are also the next club to be hit with two massive blow to their squad as both Walcott and Van Persie are ruled out for the foreseeable future. Fortunately for Wenger and co. Chamakh was signed in case of yet another injury to Van Persie which, of course, occurred. As for the injury to Walcott, this has got to be a massive blow to all Arsenal fans. Finally proving his worth to the nation and fully warranting a starting spot in the England at the expense of the out of form Aaron Lennon, Walcott started the season in blistering form, further re-enforcing the fact that he should have been on the plane to SA (along with Manchester City’s Adam Johnson). It will be interesting to see how Arsenal perform without both Van Persie and Walcott, however, I am confident that they will be fine without both for the next month (as a Spurs fan – bollocks!)

The next major casualty from the weekend was the injury sustained by Fulham’s Bobby Zamora with an apparent broken leg which will leave him sidelined for months. This is huge setback for the former Spurs striker, Fulham and new manager Mark Hughes. Hughes is going to have to rely heavily on new signing Dembele who appears more than capable of handling himself in the EPL.

I feel to minimise more injuries occurring and to ensure the EPL stays the best league in the world, FIFA should move to stop the August International fixtures and give players around the world a longer break from the summer before the season starts again not only for the players but clubs as a whole as these fixtures must prove a huge burden on pre-season preparations.

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  • Ben McAleer

    Since writing this article, it has been confirmed that Modric is fine so will not be joining the injury list and is now in the squad to face Werder Bremen on Tuesday (thankfully!).

    Apologies for any confusion caused in the reading of this article.

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