Date:Saturday February 19 2011
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.
Date:Saturday February 19 2011
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