Writer: Andrew Joyce
Date:Friday August 21 2009
Last season there`s no denying that we were incredibly lucky when it came to injuries.
The fact that we had so few enabled Roy Hodgson to field a settled starting eleven week after week. Therefore, I guess there was always a chance that this season could be different.
But, with Andrew Johnson the first to receive a serious injury, with only a single Premier League fixture played, I`ve got my fingers crossed that we don`t get anymore for at least a few months.
Having said that though, it still galls me when I think about how the injury came about, the clinic manner in which a body-check was used to take out a player was something I thought had been eradicated from the game.
After the game, in his post match interview, the normally calm and placid Roy Hodgson had his say on the matter, remarking,
"A good win has been marred by an unbelievably blatant challenge on Andrew Johnson."
"It`s very disappointing that, when referees are supposed to be clamping down on challenges like that, this fella has only got a yellow card for putting a player out for eight weeks."
"There`s no doubt he should have been sent off. He`s put Andy in hospital and, of course, I am very angry about that."
"We don`t know yet if he will need an operation. All I do know is that he is going to be out for a very long time."
Although the win stands us in relatively good stead with regards to progressing to the all-important group stages of the competition, there`s no doubting the Andrew Johnson injury has left a sour taste in many a mouth!
Let`s all hope Andy can make a speedy recovery.
Date:Friday August 21 2009
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