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Now Fletcher Breaks His Hand!

Things can only get better they say but all Clarets fans are starting to ask when that will be after more bad news today.

Clarets striker Steven Fletcher has today broken a hand during training with the Scotland international squad.

Following the debacle against Portmouth at Turf Moor on Saturday, Fletcher had linked up with Scotland squad ahead of their friendly with the Czech Republic this week.

He has now withdrawn from the squad and will not be available for the Scotland match scheduled for Wednesday night.

It is still hoped that the forward will have recovered in time for the Clarets match against Arsenal at the Emirates next Saturday, although it is likely he will now be required to wear a protective cast.

Fletcher is now heading back to Turf Moor after picking up the injury this morning

"He has been for an X-ray and is coming back to us" said Brian Laws

"We need to get it checked out again but we feel confident that he will be available to play at the weekend with some sort of cast."

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 1 2010

Time: 3:59PM

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Anybody else think this year is an annus horribilis for the Clarets or however you spell it? I certainly think the word 'anus' comes into it somewhere!!
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01/03/2010 16:06:00

As Jim Royal would say "anus my arse" lol
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01/03/2010 16:20:00

you carnt play with brocken hand, a cast strong enough to protect it would not be allowed, plus and bang on that side of his body would be agony for him, have a rest fletch, and wave us good by.
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01/03/2010 16:39:00

First caldwell now Fletcher Scotland should pay compensation! -As if.
Grimsby Claret
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01/03/2010 16:56:00

Fletch will be able to play with a protective cast. Injuries happen - It is part of football.
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01/03/2010 17:04:00

Never broken my hand before so wouldn't know what pain is involved and whats possible! I know this though, this lot are breaking my heart at the moment. Anybody got a cure for that?
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01/03/2010 17:06:00

i have broken mine, trust me last time and only time of top of my head i saw it was linerkar, a solid cast would hurt another player so how could it be allowed, if he falls on his shoulder mate the pain would be immense. the damge that could be done if lets say some one stands on it could life changing, i got 50p says he is out for 4/5 weeks. what will change between now and saturday, nothing so why why can he not play for scotland?
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01/03/2010 17:20:00

Uuhh that must hurt
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01/03/2010 17:36:00

I must admit when I first read it, I didn't think he could possibly come back just like that and play in the very next game,cast or no cast but I know nothing on the medical side of these things!
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01/03/2010 17:48:00

I once played in a game when one of our lads broke both his arms. He certainly needed his friends when he returned from hospital with each of them in a sling but we were unable to provide the assistance he needed with some basic requirements and he ended up having to stay with his mum for a few days.
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01/03/2010 18:07:00

All I can say is he'd of had more than a broken hand if I'd been in the dressing room at 5pm on Saturday, along with the rest of the team there would be broken bones every where, but then we would be knackered as we'd have no players. Now Jays back maybe he can have a run out at least he might be able to score when its a sitter. Sorry peeps but along with nearly all of you I feel like my heart is broken. Maybe thats what should be played before the home game to Stoke Don't go breaking my heart.
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01/03/2010 19:07:00

Did I miss our relegation? or are we still within 1 point of safety with 11 games to go?
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01/03/2010 19:26:00

?????? A broken hand and he is not sure if he will play? Surely this is not true. Unless you guys have turned the Premier League into the second tier of the AFL I don't see why he can't play. Not like he is Henry and needs his hands to score.
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01/03/2010 20:54:00

With you Claretdale!
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01/03/2010 21:14:00

A big loss for us if he is out? top scorer done well in my opinion worth the money we paid for him, really bad timing for us again :-( Dale we are in trouble BIG trouble a Mina miracle would be nice
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01/03/2010 22:29:00

With you too Claretdale, the hell with all this pessimism. There's a long way to go, and I hope Fletch can play with a cast. It all depends on how bad the break/fracture is , a light strapping or cast should be ok, but I can't see him playing with a sledge hammer on the end of his arm.
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01/03/2010 22:45:00

Come on you Claret fans! We were all devastated by the loss on Saturday but let's not get too down. All the bottom clubs have now played the same number of games, 27, and have all played one more away than at home except Bolton and Wolves who have played one more at home. Stoke are often held up as the club to emulate - well last season they were still favourites for relegation and only went on a run at the beginning of March. They didn't win away until they beat WBA on the 4th April and then got their second win away to Hull on 9th May. This good run also included a home defeat to West Ham. We can still do this but we must keep behind the team - one thing I know is that they are all trying 100%. Some of them aren't Premiership standard but we can't expect that - it's all about team spirit and confidence. If the worst does happen then we have had some fantastic times in the last year or so and no-one can take that from us and we can look forward to being a very strong side and the best fans in the world no matter where we are. Up the Clarets
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02/03/2010 00:52:00

If it's just a simple crack in the bone then he should be able to play with a light guard. Anyway we have Patterson in form and Nugent able to play again so no great panic.
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02/03/2010 01:04:00

i think some are not looking at the fact we have 11 games left, including l/pool, city, spurs, arsenal etc, we are playing *****, we are *****, and we are going down, sorry just no bright side to this run in, were the points coming from, we wont beat bstrds, we wont beat hull away or stoke or brum, that leaves wolves, who we could get a point of as our killer instinct, wich has always been lacking has died out. just saying it the way it is chaps n she/c sorry.
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02/03/2010 10:44:00

We could get points but only if we can start playing like we did before Coyle left! Coyle had his faults but he seemed to be able to motivate a set of Championship players into believing in themselves. That belief and confidence seems to have evaporated and Laws now has his biggest challenge on his hands to try and get that back! We got what 20 points before Coyle left, all we had to do was do the same in the second half of the season with points to spare. They are not a patch on what they were before Christmas and the new faces with the exception of Cork have not added enough with some in the team like Elliott and Mears going backwards. The team has the potential to play well enough to survive but at the moment it just aint happening!
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02/03/2010 11:07:00

Agree Phil - At the moment it isnt happening, but we need to give them everything we have and they may just have enough to stay up. Palsdad - Yes we are not getting the results at the moment and some performances have also been pretty poor - but sitting their feeling sorry for ourselves saying we cant do this, cant do that, we are **** etc is simply not going to help.
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02/03/2010 12:03:00

Excellent post ozjean , agree with you 100% !
Bernie Lee
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02/03/2010 13:33:00


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