Vital Football

Latest Burnley FC News

The Thommo Operation: Thompson Targets Return

The Thommo Operation: Thompson Targets Return

Steven Thompson has been struggling with a persistent groin injury for sometime but despite the problem he has still played for the Clarets often coming on from the bench as well as making recent league starts in the away games against Reading and Portsmouth. He was also in the starting eleven in the FA Cup against Burton Albion at Turf Moor.

His most recent game in which he featured was of course against the Bluebirds at the Cardiff City Stadium last Tuesday night.

Thommo came on as a sub in the second half and got our all important equaliser against his former club with just seven minutes of the game remaining.

Thompson though has an infection in the groin and it will need an operation to correct the problem. The surgery has been targeted for Tuesday 1st March and afterwards he could be sidelined for several weeks.

Eddie Howe speaking just after the Cardiff game said:

'Thommo is a happy man tonight. He did ever so well when he came on and took his goal really well. HIs all round game is excellent and he will be delighted to score against his former club.

'It's just a shame he has this operation looming over his head and he is going to have to have the operation in early March. He has an infection in his groin and he needs to have it sorted, but we are just delighted the surgeons can't get together until early March because otherwise he would have to go under the knife as soon as possible.

'We are going to lose him though and it will be a big blow. How long for, we don't know. It could be two weeks or it could be longer, it just depends what they find, as with most operations.

'In the meantime he won't be restricted though and there is nothing to say he couldn't start a game in this period before he goes under the knife.'

We have two games now before the operation date with West Ham in the FA Cup at the Boleyn Ground on Monday night followed by the Lancashire derby away to Preston on Saturday 26th February. It will be interesting to see if Thommo features in either or both of those matches and the thought at the back of everybody's mind must be would Thompson have played more games and started more games had he not been carrying the groin injury? I guess we will never know but Eddie Howe at least seems to have rated Thompson higher than Laws ever did. Thompson made just one start under Laws and that was only the Carling Cup game away to Morecambe back in August.

Speaking about the operation, Thommo said:

'It's important that I get it done, particularly for my own health among other things.

'Hopefully I'm not going to miss too many games and I'd like to be back involved before the end of the season.'

Hopefully then he will be available for the play-offs at least should we finish in the top six.

All at Vital Burnley wish him well hoping he can make a speedy return.

Join The Vital Debate

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



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

Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Saturday February 19 2011
Time: 8:00AM

Comments

0
Do you think he would have featured more had it not been for the injury? Vote in our Poll
turfmanphil
19/02/2011 08:02:00
0
Best wishes Thommo, a much better player than given credit for and a great club man.
cornwallclaret
19/02/2011 08:32:00
0
I'm not knocking Iwelumo, especially when you look at his goal tally, but Thommo has got a lot more to his game , and I think Eddie Howe realises this. Let's hope the recovery is quick and that he'll be there for us at the play-offs and Wembley.
WelshClaret
21/02/2011 11:51:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Burnley Articles

Match Day Officials v Charlton (7/5/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Charlton Athletic this weekend.

April PotM Nomination - Michael Keane (Burnley)

The April nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month Award are in.

Burnley's Promotion Parade Announced

The club have called on fans to turn out in force for the Civic Reception and Celebration Parade with promotion back to the Premier League secured.

Dyche In Team Of The Week (4/5/16)

Burnley are represented in the latest Football League team of the week that has been selected after this week's action.

Archived Vital Burnley Articles

Vital Burnley articles from

Site Journalists

turfmanphil
Editor email
Profile
Paul 8c8
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

QPR MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Heaton54%
Lowton1%
Keane1%
Mee22%
Ward0%
Boyd3%
Jones0%
Barton8%
Arfield0%
Vokes10%
Gray0%
Sub - Barnes1%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Burnley 45 25 15 5 90 34
2 Middlesbrough 45 26 10 9 88 32
3 Brighton 45 24 16 5 88 30
4 Hull City 45 23 11 11 80 30
5 Derby County 45 21 15 9 78 24
6 Sheff Wed 45 19 17 9 74 22
7 Cardiff 45 17 16 12 67 5
8 Ipswich 45 17 15 13 66 1
9 Birmingham 45 16 14 15 62 4
10 Brentford 45 18 8 19 62 1
11 Preston 45 15 16 14 61 0
12 Leeds Utd 45 14 16 15 58 -8
13 Q.P.R. 45 13 18 14 57 -1
14 Wolves 45 13 16 16 55 -6
15 Blackburn 45 12 16 17 52 -2
16 Reading 45 13 13 19 52 -5
17 Forest 45 12 16 17 52 -5
18 Bristol City 45 13 13 19 52 -16
19 Huddersfield 45 13 12 20 51 -7
20 Rotherham 45 13 10 22 49 -14
21 Fulham 45 11 15 19 48 -14
R Charlton 45 9 13 23 40 -37
R MK Dons 45 9 12 24 39 -29
R Bolton 45 5 15 25 30 -39
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Burnley Results (view all)

Burnley Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 12:30PM : Charlton Athletic (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.cornwallclaret4
2.WelshClaret3
3.Irishclaret3
4.Mike Mada1