Fulham - The Zamora Gamble!
Bobby Zamora, after limping off in the semi-final second leg against Hamburg, was always rated as doubtful for the Europa League Final.
Only some marvelous work from the medical staff enabled Bobby to take his place in the starting line up last night and, with the nature of his injury, there was always going to be a chance he`d not survive the full ninety minutes.
To be honest, Bobby looked to be in some discomfort every time he touched the ball but to his credit he gave his all.
It was always gong to be a gamble starting with Bobby but it was a gamble that, in our opinion, came off.
Apart from playing a major part in Simon Davies` goal, Bobby was instrumental in holding the ball whenever Fulham were looking to ease the Atletico Madrid pressure and push forward themselves.
It was a feature of our game that we lacked once Bobby had conceded he could no longer continue. Balls up field were not held and, inevitably, Madrid were able to put us on the back foot more as the game wore on.
Whilst admitting playing Bobby was always going to be a gamble, our only misgiving was that it was one that couldn`t be played out for the full ninety minutes, if it had, who knows!
Talking about the situation, post match, Bobby had this to say about his struggle and also the planned remedial action,
"I was struggling but I was desperate to play."
"It was touch and go for me to make the final but it`s a major tournament and I`ve worked all season to get there so I wanted to play some part."
"I`m going to weigh everything up with the medical team now but it looks like I might need a minor operation."
"The decision will be made over the next day or two but the operation is penciled in for a week`s time."
Have the operation Bobby and come back next season as fit as a fiddle.
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