Thursday, March 30, 2006

Kiss Germany goodbye

According to reports, Scott Parker has been playing with Glandular Fever for the last month, and it is likely to rule him out for the rest of the season.

This is yet another blow to the side, in what has been a pretty lousy year for illness and injury (although we've not mentioned it much since Souness left). The news will surely finish off any hope that Parker had of making the World Cup.

However, in every cloud there must be some positives. If he can get himself sorted, and come back fit and raring to go in August (when I suspect he will be captain of the side), then hopefully he can drive us forward for a good campaign next season. We've got nothing really to play for (the race for the top half doesn't really inspire me), and it's as good a time as any for him to be out of the team. Probably as a result of the illness, his recent performances have not quite lived up to those he was producing earlier on in the campaign.

With reports earlier this week that Michael Owen's recovery has been slightly delayed due to him needing a screw tightening it's heartening to hear that Steven Taylor is returning to first team training.

Hopefully all three will still be at the club next season, and will all be fully fit and raring to go, having taken care not to rush back to the side when there is nothing but pride left to play for.


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