Football ‘injury’ weekend!

Posted: February 20, 2006 in Uncategorized
This weekend had been an exciting time for those who are followers of the FA Cup but it became high profile for the wrong reasons as Alan Smith of Manchester United was stretchered of the pitch after breaking his leg and dislocating his ankle. It has been the worst injury Alex Ferguson has seen!
And across the pond a similar injury occurred to Francesco Totti. He broke his fibia but unlike Smith, he has said that he will be undergoing physio by wednesday. This does seem fast as his injury was sustained on Sunday, but he has been given three months, whereas Smith has been given twelve months (six months rehabilitation programme).
Both are considered unlikely to appear in the World Cup, but the Italian coach Luciano Spalletti fears that Totti’s injury will knock his teams morale.
Luciano Spalletti made this statement:

“We must keep concentrate. We have good elements and a big group and we can go forward.

“Anyway my guys seem really motivated and they must give their best. We must do it also for Francesco.”

Smith has also had players and manger offer their support for him, one such player had only last year suffered a similar fate was Djibril Cisse, he knows all to well what lies ahead for Alan Smith. He had a few words with Alan to put him at ease.

“I wanted to say to him I know how he is feeling, and that everything will be okay for him, like it has been for me,” Cisse said.

“I just told him to be strong. It is hard, so hard for him at the moment, I have been through exactly this and it is difficult to cope with what is going through your head.

“I saw the break and it looked bad, but I am proof that he can recover well and get even stronger afterwards.

“When I saw him lying there on the pitch in agony, it brought back to me what happened. A year ago, I was recovering from a terrible break, and now I am playing again.

“I am sure Alan will do the same. The hardest part is when your team-mates are going out on the pitch, and you know that you cannot.

“That is so difficult, and it is when you have to be strong in your head.

“But Alan strikes me as that kind of person, someone who is tough and can deal with this. I told him that he will get through it.”

Both players are in all our thoughts as they get on the road to recovery!

  1. Colesey says:

    good accounts. of course, all football fans wish them all well. even
    the liverpool fans. i know they initially cheered when he went down,
    but not a single fan in the ground wanted to see an injury really
    (except maybe to gary neville), and the mood changed very soon after it
    seemed serious.

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