And The Hits Just Keep On Coming!

Kieran Gibbs

by VIC CRESCIT And the hits just keep on coming. Kieran Gibbs is our latest crock having being taken off injured in the England Under 21s game in Vilnius against Lithuania last night. Oh deep and unbounded joy. Not.
The training ground is starting to resemble a casualty ward yet again with the following out injured:

  • Gaël Clichy
  • Robin van Persie
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Theo Walcott
  • Abou Diaby
  • Lukasz Fabiański
  • Nicklas Bendtner
  • Armand Traoré
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Carlos Vela
  • Denilson

The full extent of the Gibbs injury isn’t yet known but it’s a suspected broken metatarsal bone. Outstanding. Assuming he’s unfit for Saturday’s trip to the Stadium of Light which is a pretty safe bet we now have all three left-backs in the squad injured. Despite Mathieu Flamini filling the position with some distinction in the latter part of the 2005/6 season due to injuries to both Ashley Cole and Gaël Clichy, it’s not easy for a right-footed player to play left-back, although some will remember Nigel Winterburn, the lost left-footed player on the planet having a spell going the other way to right-back, an equally difficult task for a player to accomplish.
It will take another inspired managerial decision by Arsčne Wenger to plug the latest injury gap. One type of player we’re short of at the moment in the squad is the sort of “dog of war” that Flamini represented. I’ve joked about it in past blogs but this really is getting beyond a joke. If you’re travelling up to Wearside on Saturday I’d take your boots. You might get a game, especially if you’re left-footed.
Meanwhile let’s hope our remaining players on international duty tonight come through unscathed. I have all parts of my anatomy crossed!
Keep the faith!

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