Thursday, 16 October 2008

Effing internationals!

I am sick and tired of seeing my boys coming back from international duty injured. If it's not Dagger, it's Nando. He's one of our most important players, and I'm really starting to worry about the state of his hamstrings if they snap every few weeks. I really hope we don't have another Owen on our hands. God knows I love the man, but the injury problems are awful. Nando limped out of Spain's 2-1 win in the 16th minute. He was running for the ball and suddenly pulled up, not unlike the situation at Aston Villa. Unfortunately, this time we don't have an international break coming up. Oh no. We have Wigan, Atletico Madrid and Chelsea to look forward to without Nando. Can someone please ban hamstrings and metatarsals on footballers?

As if that wasn't bad enough, Ryan Babel was also subbed early in the Norway-Holland game following a bad tackle from Morten Gamst Pedersen. I'm starting to think that international games should be banned during the football season. Players cannot handle so many games in such a short period of time, and it never ends well. Failing that, Liverpool need to start pulling a ManUre/Chelsea. Ban their players from going away on international duty because they are 'injured'. The alternative is letting them go away and them have them missing vital games during the season.

The club v country debate is one that many people talk about, and for me personally, it's club before country every time. I don't care how damn proud it makes them to step out wearing their countries' colours, if they're coming back injured every time, then I'd rather they quit. I'm just selfish like that.


Lucy said...

I knew about Nando, but Babel is also injured?!?


And Keane returns from Ireland fresh as a daisy - WHY CRUEL FATE, WHY??

Stephanie said...

I don't think banning internationals during the season is the way to go, the notion is slightly ridiculous as well as absolutely absurd. People would riot. I think there are easier solutions, like player rotation.