Vital Football

Latest Burnley FC News

Clarets Cruciate Curse!

Clarets Cruciate Curse!

News broke this week that our loan defender, Russell Anderson would be out for the rest of the season after picking up cruciate ligament damage against Fulham in the Carling Cup at Turf Moor last Tuesday night.

An innocent challenge by Fulham`s Dempsey led to Russell Anderson falling awkwardly and injuring his knee with just 12 minutes of the game played.He had to be stretchered off and was replaced ironically by Michael Duff, no stranger himself to the cruciate curse.

The omens looked bleak with Anderson leaving the ground on crutches and our worst fears were confirmed later in the week after the swelling had gone down and the scan proved the terrible news

Anderson had been brought in on a season-long loan from Sunderland to bolster a defence looking decidingly shell-shocked and gaff prone after the first few games of the season. Although a centre back, he was tried at full back in the games he played and helped hold the defence together as the back four steadily improved.

In some respects, although losing Anderson will be a huge loss, thankfully the improvements in defence anyway after Alexander moved into the holding role in front of the back four perhaps makes the terrible news less of a blow.

Captain Steven Caldwell has been a much improved rock in defence in recent matches and has been supported well by both Clarke Carlisle and Stephen Jordan. Christian Kalvenes waits in the wings and Michael Duff is getting better and better as he returns to full match fitness following his cruciate injury that kept him sidelined for most of last season.

Last season was a double blow for the Clarets in this department with Besart Berisha also picking up the cursed condition in an Albanian international against Malta.

Berisha is still waiting to make his full debut for the Clarets but thanfully has now returned to fitness after missing the whole of 2007/8 and is currently out on loan with Norwegian side, Rosenborg.

Our former keeper, Danny Coyne, now at Tranmere also picked up a cruciate ligament injury rupturing both his medial and anterior cruciate ligaments. That kept him out for 14 months and he never again really challenged for the Number One keeper's shirt with the Clarets before being released.

Our former defender, Wayne Thomas, now at Southampton also suffered many injuries during his stay with the Clarets including of course the cruciate curse although he did return to full fitness quicker than most.

Are we just unlucky or do other clubs suffer this injury to their players with the same regularity? It was not even a condition you heard about in the 1960s and 1970s, everybody then just seemed to do in their cartilage! Lots of theories have been banded about that this type of injury has more to do with the less protective boots that modern day footballers wear and maybe that is something that should be looked at more in this health & safety conscious world we now live in.

Oh well, that will be the last we shall see of Russell Anderson, which is a shame and he will now return no doubt to Sunderland to be nursed back to full fitness. We wish him well.

Due to the fact our defence looks fairy solid at the moment I doubt if Owen Coyle wil be tempted to bring in an emergency loan although maybe he will look at the back four situation come the January transfer window depending on how well we are performing.

We will leave the last words to Owen Coyle on the Anderson blow:

'My thoughts are with Russell because he`s been outstanding ever since he came in. I know he`s had his problems before but I`ve no doubts that he`ll bounce back a stronger player.

"He`s played a big part in what we`ve done at the back, but it would be very selfish of me to say it`s a blow to the club.

"Of course it is, but it`s also a blow to Russell and that`s where our thoughts are at the moment.

"I wasn`t anticipating good news and I expected him to be out for a period of time but this is a big blow for everyone."



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Sunday September 28 2008
Time: 2:52PM

Comments

0
Thank god our defence is holding up at the moment
turfmanphil
28/09/2008 14:57:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Burnley Articles

Team Sheets - Stoke City v Burnley

Burnley go to the bet365 Stadium as the visitors to Stoke for the latest Premier League game.

Stoke City v Burnley - Follow On Twitter

Burnley go to the bet365 Stadium as the visitors to Stoke today, this will be a 3pm kick-off.

FA Cup Ball Numbers Known (3/12/16)

With FA Cup second round ties taking place this weekend, the ball numbers for the third round draw of the competition have now been allocated.

Arfield On Burnley Competition

Midfielder Scott Arfield has been speaking about the competition in the middle of the park at Burnley this season.

Archived Vital Burnley Articles

Vital Burnley articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Burnley
Write For Vital Burnley
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Stoke MotM
Suggested By:
Robinson0%
Flanagan0%
Keane0%
Mee0%
Ward0%
Arfield0%
Hendrick0%
Marney0%
Boyd0%
Barnes100%
Gray0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 13 10 1 2 31 19
2 Liverpool 13 9 3 1 30 18
3 Man City 13 9 3 1 30 17
4 Arsenal 13 8 4 1 28 15
5 Spurs 13 6 6 1 24 9
6 Man Utd 13 5 5 3 20 3
7 Everton 13 5 4 4 19 1
8 Watford 13 5 3 5 18 -4
9 WBA 13 4 5 4 17 1
10 Southampton 13 4 5 4 17 1
11 Stoke 13 4 4 5 16 -5
12 AFC Bournemouth 13 4 3 6 15 -4
13 Burnley 13 4 2 7 14 -9
14 Leicester City 13 3 4 6 13 -6
15 Middlesbrough 13 2 6 5 12 -3
16 West Ham 13 3 3 7 12 -10
17 Crystal Palace 13 3 2 8 11 -5
18 Hull City 13 3 2 8 11 -17
19 Swansea 13 2 3 8 9 -10
20 Sunderland 13 2 2 9 8 -11
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Burnley Results (view all)

Burnley Fixtures (view all)

Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Stoke City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : AFC Bournemouth (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 14 2016 7:45PM : West Ham United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 18 2016 4:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Middlesbrough (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 31 2016 3:00PM : Sunderland (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Irishclaret1
Vital Football Comment