Tuesday, April 01, 2008

West Ham Injuries

PhysioRoom.com says West Ham have 15 players out injured. That's nearly four times more than any other club.

PhysioRoom says that nine of the players should be back for West Ham's next game. However that seems to contradict what Alan Curbishley said after the Sunderland game.

"I don't think we'll see any of the players who were already out again this season. I think it's got to a chronic stage with us. Freddie Sears should be ok for the next game. He nearly made it but we didn't think he was worth risking."

To my mind that sounds like the only one of our injured players likely to recover for the Portsmouth game is Freddie Sears.


At 12:35 PM, Anonymous portugal said...

That s a pretty telling statistic. More than treble the number of players out at any other club. It is not the first time either. Though not quite as bad last season ,it was still bad.

Which raises a number of questions . One year perhaps you cud attribute to bad luck. But this has been going on for a number of years ,i.e. whilst Curbishley has been employed,and also prior to that

1. is the medical team at west ham
up to standard?

2. are the training regimes in the
pre-season up to standard?

3. are the training regimes during
the season up to standard?

4. does the club consult outside
medical specialists often enough
and in a timely enough manner?

If this club has any aspirations of achieving a finish above tenth place any time soon, it best come up with some answers. It s beyond coincidence that we have the longest injury list in the Premiership

At 2:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with portugal...at the end of the day its OK to say when we have our first team out we are a match for anyone but if we never get close to having a first team squad available...its just an excuse.

I would add one more point to Portugals list...

5. don't buy players with a proven injury problem. If you bought a car and the previous owner told you "when it works its great but it breaks down every 1,000 miles" would you waste your money on it? And to do it over and over again is just stupidity.

Stupidity = doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result!

At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the point is a very good one, that there is no point being a
match on any given day for even the top teams ,if it s only a cold day in hell when we actually have our best 11 fit.

I think the comment on the injury prone nature of last summer s signings is a fair one as well. No harm done in taking a chance on say one of the following 3- Parker,Bellamy or Dyer . But to take a shot on all 3 ,given the track record of their fitness, and given that we already had fitness concerns with Upson,Ashton and Neill ,I think was just too big a gamble. In a way ,we re fortunate- it cud have been a lot worse in terms of our league position, but I hope the owner has learned from this. The mistake cannot be repeated.

What is a real worry, is that even if you take Dyer ,Bellamy and Parker out of the equation , and if you allow for Dyer s injury being one that you cannot legislate for as it was a broken leg ,we still have had an insane amount of injured players this term ,and for long periods of time at that .

At 9:04 PM, Blogger E said...

I've also wondered why the training staff hasn't been called into question, as far as I've seen.

Maybe the board will investigate in the off-season, but even from just an economic standpoint it's a bit ridiculous to be paying so many players who cannot play.

At 10:28 AM, Anonymous portugal said...

good point- not only the impact on the pitch, but the huge economic impact of paying high wages to people who cannot play. Couple that with having to play a less attractive type of football, probabaly largely in response to the injuries , and you get a sour mood at the ground. Which does not exactly inspire supporters to buy
kits, carling and FA cup tickets etc.

The impact on the pitch is enormous,but it extends well beyond the pitch. I hope I m right on this,but I m inclined to think that this owner is smart enough to recognize this,and deal with it sooner rather than later


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