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Fulham - Johnson 'Deformed'

I think it's fair to say the majority of us Fulham fans breathed a collective sigh of relief at hearing the news our very own Andy Johnson is set to return from his horrific collarbone injury sustained against Amkar Perm a few weeks back now.

However, the news doesn't come without a downside;

Minimal, it may be, but it still makes me quite annoyed about the whole thing.

AJ has returned to full training, with, what can only be described as, a deformity.

The challenge, a cynical body check, has left Andy with a life-long scar.

Although this may not be a big problem when it comes to game time, I'm sure AJ doesn't want to be reminded of the horrific tackle every time he wakes up and takes a ganders at his shoulder.

Saying that though, looking at my shoulder isn't part of my own morning routine.

Still, joking aside, I feel quite bitter about the whole thing, and Hodgson feels rather similar:

'We know what shoulder injuries are like, you can recover quickly or not all. I'm still angry that it happened.'

'In football you do get bad challenges sometimes, which maybe aren't even that intentional, that cost you. These things happen but what annoys me about the Johnson situation is there was no attempt to play the ball or to soften the blow.'

It's caused Andy an injury which he will now have to learn to live with. His recovery is not optimal. He will have to learn to live with a deformity on his shoulder.'

A challenge in which Belorukov had no intention of winning the ball, had left AJ with what could have been a career ending injury. Luckily, for everyone involved, it didn't.

Thoughts anyway please...

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Writer: KBFulham Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 12 2009

Time: 8:26AM

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I've broken my collarbone 3 times. The most recent one required surgery and a steel plate. It has a distinct inward curve, which I guess could be described as a deformity. So, I have a steel plate and a 9-inch scare; all the result of a muddy pitch and an awkward fall. Unlike AJ, I can't blame anyone for it.
A J back to his best i hope
truth sayer ffc
Fingers crossed.
brutish behavior that should be stamped out of football long before "diving" needs to be dealt with...
Well said Woody.
truth sayer ffc

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