It was always bound to be a case of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’; following David Beckham’s metatarsal in 2002Â and Wayne Rooney’s broken foot in 2006,Â Ashley Cole may miss all or part of the World Cup finals with a fractured ankle.
Multiple ironic angles here: the injury was sustained when Cole was tackling Landon Donovan of the USAin Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Everton during the week: but now the door is wide open for Wayne Bridge to make an international return…alongside Errol Flynn. Obviously it’sÂ Sr. Capello’s shout from here on in, but this needs to be sorted out as soon as possible, arguably before John Terry gets back from Dubai (where he’s been ‘talking’ to his wife) and definitely before the friendly versus Egypt.
The main reason: I would hope that ourÂ forthcoming opponentsÂ have too much class to start making comments aboutÂ the ‘situation’ between Terry and BridgeÂ on the pitch – but all you need isÂ a Marco Materazzi and Zinedine Zidane style incident and England could be on the next plane home.
Let’s just hope that no-one else gets crocked.
In other news…Sven-Goran Eriksson’s rather bizarre sojourn as Director of Football at Notts Countyis over after Notts were sold for Â£1. If some of the rumours flying around are to be believed, he may be moving from the sublime to the ridiculous; apparently he may be in line for the North Korea job. Sounds likeÂ a job for Photoshop if ever there was one; on that note, we’ll wish you a pleasant weekend and leave you with a song (which contains some choice language right at the start, so be warned!)Â that seems appropriate on a number of levels…