Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Soccer Stars Out With Foot Injuries

English: Luke Guttridge
English: Luke Guttridge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In soccer foot injury news:

  • Olympique Marseilles striker Andre-Pierre Gignac will be out for six weeks after breaking his left foot in their 1-0 Ligue 1 loss at Troyes. He was taken to the hospital for a scan, which revealed the extent of the injury. The team said on their website "Andre-Pierre Gignanc suffered a broken metatarsus. He will be sidelined for six weeks according to the medical staff." Gignac has been an injury-prone player, have played two poor years in Marseilles, but played a key role in his team's six league wins to start the season, when he scored five goals. Marseilles is the first team to win their first six games since Monaco in their 1960-61 season. They went on to be the crowned champions. Marseilles took only one point from their last three league games and is second on 19 points from nine games, behind leaders Paris St. Germain. Gignac tweeted: "I am a fighter! I'll come back even stronger!"
  • Northampton Town Cobblers midfield Luke Guttridge, 30, will be out for three months after breaking a bone in his foot as well. He suffered the injury while attempting a shot on goal during a 2-1 defeat to Gillingham at Sixfields. It was a purely accidental collision where the Gillingham defender was attempting to block the ball as Guttridge volleyed a bouncing ball and the Town man kicked his foot. Boss Andy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton that Guttridge would have the broken metatarsal pinned. 
  • Aberdeen defender Ryan Jack is expected to be out until the end of January with a metatarsal injury in his foot. The 20 year old sustained the injury in Scotland Under 21's 2-0 defeat to the USA Under 21s in Marbella, while captaining for the first time in his career. The midfielder will require surgery after X-rays revealed he had fractured a metatarsal for the third time in his career. Jack was out for 11 months from the same injury in 2008 and is determined to make an impact on his return for the Scottish Premier League run-in. "I know this is serious as I've done it before. I'm gutted but I will come back fitter and stronger," Jack said. Jack played a key role in Aberdeen's nine game winning streak, which helped them to third in the league. Boss Craig Brown is disappointed to lose Jack, saying, "It is a pity for Ryan and for ourselves. He is an important player for us as he can perform in a number of positions. It is a blow but the important thing is he has the surgery and gets back to full fitness so he will be available after Christmas."
  • Brazil and Real Madrid full back Marcelo had also fractured a bone in his right foot, his fifth metatarsal bone. Marcelo sustained the injury while on international duty while training with Brazil in the Polish city of Wroclaw. He returned to Madrid and the decision was made for him to have surgery in Amsterdam. The team estimated he would be out for three months. Marcelo hopes to be fully recovered in time for the 2013 Confederations Cup that Brazil will host. He has been Brazil's starter at left back. 
  • Stephen Gleeson of the Milton Keyes Dons is out with a suspected broken foot. The midfielder played the last 20 minutes of the 1-0 defeat to Stevenage with the injury and was sent for scans after the game. Manager Karl Robinson was devastated at losing yet another player- his fourth this season. "Gleeson could be out for three months. It looks like he's got a fracture to his fifth metatarsal. I'm sick at the moment. It's hard. He has played for 20 minutes with what looks like quite a severe broken foot. And he was the last one out there clapping every fan." Gleeson is one of the Dons' best players, and with some tough games coming up, he will be missed. 

If you are are suffering from a soccer related foot injury, call our Newington, Kensington, or Middletown office to make an appointment.
Craig M. Kaufman, DPM
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