Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Shoulder Shocker

News reports coming out of the club state that Steven Taylor is expected to be out of the side for 8-10 weeks as a result of the shoulder injury he picked up whilst with England’s Under 21 side.

Undoubtedly this is a shame for Taylor, who has been our most consistent performer in defence this season, and one of the principle reasons why we've looked fairly solid at the back.

Fortunately, Titus is now back fit after his earlier injury bout, and hopefully he and Boumsong can re-forge the partnership which showed real promise in the latter half of last season. Perhaps more alarmingly, with Craig Moore still injured that leaves Peter Ramage and Robbie Elliot as the only players with first team experience as possible central defensive cover, before Souness has to start dipping into the reserve team.

With Stephen Carr still recovering from his hernia op, it would appear likely that Ramage will continue at right back, leaving Elliott as cover should anything happen.

Whilst undoubtedly a committed player who loves the club, the prospect of Robbie coming off the bench or stepping in to the breach if we suffered any further set backs before Saturday's trip to Chelsea is not one that fills me with much confidence, and highlights the fact that whilst seemingly blessed with some really talented individuals, and a decent supply of midfielders our squad still looks desperately thin both in defence and attack.


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