Broken Toe, but No Broken Dreams

 gerrardtoulouse.jpgIt was confirmed today that captain Steven Gerrard has a hairline fracture of his toe (which exact toe is unclear), stemming from the attentions of Toulouse’s Pantxi Sireix. While it’s certainly not thrilling news, compared to the Rooney injury, it’s a mere boo-boo.

Captain Fantastic will play against Chelsea and then sit out after that match, therefore missing England’s ‘friendly’ versus Germany.

A very shrewd move by Rafa, who has made it clear to the England boss who’s pulling the strings here. The Goateed One had this to say: 

We have been told by our doctors that this is not a big risk but he will clearly then need to rest after the Chelsea match. He will need one or two weeks’ rest. He will train but he will not be able to join up with England. I will talk to Steve McClaren and I am sure he will understand.

Translation: The injury isn’t that bad. He can play, but only for Liverpool. We’re not going to let him aggravate it playing a useless game for England. If we played Manchester United the following Wednesday, he’d probably feature in that too. But, we don’t, so he’ll rest his toe after Chelsea. If Steve McClaren has a problem with that, tough shit.

Playing through injury and leading by example, just two of the attributes that need to be demonstrated by championship-caliber teams. Well done, Stevie.


4 Responses to “Broken Toe, but No Broken Dreams”

  1. 1 Jonathan August 16, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    Good to hear it isn’t anything too bad. Losing Captain Fantastic for only a week or so after the Chelski game doesn’t both me much. And if he happens to miss the Sunderland game after it, I have no issue with that either — just want him to get better as soon as possible!

  2. 2 Johninho August 16, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    I’d worry if we weren’t freaking loaded. Although Sunderland did do Spurs in their own house – do we have the next one after Chelsea at Anfield?

  3. 3 Bob Marley and the Hartford Whalers August 18, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    @ Sunderland. First EPL home game isn’t for 2 more weeks (host Tolouse in that span).

    As “easy” as we all thought the opening month or so was, lest we forget there are quite a few road games early on for the boys.

  1. 1 Let’s Pretend It’s a CL Semi-Final « being sven Trackback on August 17, 2007 at 12:26 pm

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