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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

"And he's got the icepack on his groin there, so possibly not the old shoulder injury."

Today TDH is all about that most annoying fact of football life: injuries. Shearer showed it really is possible to come back from a hernia operation in just two weeks, though there'll be debate as to whether his slight loss of sharpness came from the procedure or just from age. Owen, fragile Owen, won't return to face Wigan for the revenge match in the Carling Cup. What is it about a groin that's so hard to heal? Countless footballers will have wondered the same thing.

And then there's Emre, who probably caught a chill on Sunday despite wearing enough clothing to look like one of those kids in the snow who can hardly move for all the down padding. Well, let's hope not.


But of more lurid interest is the blame game at Real Madrid. (They should take lessons from the White House about what game not to play, eh?) The club are now fining one of Luxemburgo's assistants for accusing Guti of faking an injury before El Classico. The Spice Boy came on in the second half as a substitute, prompting Paulo Campos to say:
"Vanderlei said he wanted a scan to see what it was. The medical staff did it and said there was nothing wrong with him. We knew it, we knew it. They try to deceive us in so many ways.
Ah, those crafty galacticos. You'd think they didn't actually want to play football. Yeah, that must be it - after all, it couldn't possibly be that they're old, tired and so overpaid that they don't care about performance.


And finally, a brief note on L'il Ron the Cowboy's public plea for TH to move from Highbury to the Camp Nou. TDH bets Terry will see if The Goon Show can make it a bit further than usual in the Champions League before he shows his hand. After all, there are some promising young players in North London, and it's hardly a sinking ship.

If the Drummer of Hampstead did move to Barca, someone - probably Giuly - would be surplus to requirements. With Eto'o, Larsson, Ronaldinho, Messi, and Maxi Lopez (who may leave on loan soon), there's more than enough striking power. And Cheeky Bergstein doesn't have the same sort of bankroll as the Nine Billion Dollar Man.


Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

My suspicion is that if anyone gets the boot at Barca it will be Grandpa Henrik - Giuly is younger and, frankly, better than Larsson.

I will never rate him as highly as his undoubted technical prowess suggests he should be, simply because anyone who is content to spend the best years of his career in the Scottish league patently lacks the ambition required to be anything better than average. Easy goals on the weekend and near certain failure in the Big Cup.

I also agree that Henry would have to be behind Samuel in the pecking order for the simple fact that Eto'o is more able to poach goals. With the amount of creativity behind him, thats important, given the scraps that Deco, Messi, Ron, Xavi etc. leave...

2:25 PM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

Well, it seems that Zoro's bravery this week wasn't entirely without effect:,14546,-5447443,00.html

UEFA are threatening to expel teams guilty of repeated racist offences. It's only talk at the moment, but I would absolutely love it (with Keegan-esque passion) if they went ahead with it. The first three clubs to be thrown out of European competition should be Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Lazio, though granted this last expulsion would have little practical impact.

4:36 PM  

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