Tag Archives: ligaments

Lucas thought career was over after injuries at Liverpool

Liverpool star Lucas feared career could be over after injury nightmare

|

UPDATED:

09:12 GMT, 22 December 2012

Lucas Leiva has admitted he feared for his career after missing almost a year through injury.

The Liverpool midfielder damaged his cruciate ligaments in a collision with Chelsea's Juan Mata before suffering a thigh strain just a few games into his comeback.

And the 25-year-old Brazilian was worried his injury nightmare would never end.

All smiles: Lucas Leiva has recovered from his injury nightmare at Liverpool

All smiles: Lucas Leiva has recovered from his injury nightmare at Liverpool

'My first injury was a huge blow, but the second simply left me shattered,' he said in an interview published in Brazil.

'It was hard to take. You couldn’t help questioning if there was something wrong with my body.

'I thought “When is this going to end”.

'It goes without saying that I feared for the consequences for my career.'

Raring to go: Lucas hopes to help Liverpool improve their performances

Raring to go: Lucas hopes to help Liverpool improve their performances

Now fully recovered, Lucas is desperate to play his part in helping Liverpool climb the league.

'It’s a new beginning,' he added. 'After almost a year away, all I can think about is to play as many games as I can and gradually get back into form.

'It will be important for my confidence. I must not rush things but I am really eager to get back, especially after a lot of things changed at the club.'

John Terry pictured in his pants watching Chelsea on TV v Monterrey

Meanwhile… in Cobham: The stadium might be half empty but Terry's watching his team-mates on TV

|

UPDATED:

14:00 GMT, 13 December 2012

Even though there were only 36,648 fans in the 72,327 capacity Nissan Stadium in Yokohama to watch Chelsea's 3-1 Club World Cup semi-final triumph over Monterrey, skipper John Terry was watching on television.

As most of the Blues' players explored the delights of Japan in the past few days, life has been continuing as normal for two familiar faces.

Back at the club's training ground in Cobham, Terry continued his recuperation from a knee ligament injury and posted a picture of himself watching the game.

Support: John Terry backed his team-mates to beat Monterrey in the Club World Cup

Support: John Terry backed his team-mates to beat Monterrey in the Club World Cup

He has remained in the UK, alongside former club favourite Didier Drogba, who is back training with the club.

Terry had also posted an Instagram picture of
himself on an exercise bike in a deserted gym as he tries to get back to
full fitness to help with Chelsea's hectic schedule.

Lonely: John Terry posted this picture of himself in the gym at Chelsea's Cobham training ground as he continues he rehabilitation from injury while his teammates play in Japan

Lonely: John Terry posted this picture of himself in the gym at Chelsea's Cobham training ground as he continues he rehabilitation from injury while his teammates play in Japan

Old pals: Didier Drogba is also back in training with Terry and Chelsea as he prepares for the African Cup of Nations

Old pals: Didier Drogba is also back in training with Terry and Chelsea as he prepares for the African Cup of Nations

He also took a cosy snap of himself with Drogba, who left for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in the summer and who is back keeping his fitness levels up before representing Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations.

Terry is 6,000 miles away from the rest of his teammates, who are in Japan trying to cap their European Cup-winning year with more silverware.

Back in town: The Ivorian left Chelsea for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in the summer

Back in town: The Ivorian left Chelsea for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in the summer

The 31-year-old defender damaged knee ligaments in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool in November and is expected to be out for over a month.

In order to combat jetlag, manager Rafa Benitez took his players to a Yokohama bowling alley but admitted they were struggling to adapt their sleep patterns to the time difference.

They beat the Mexican side to advance to a final with Brazilian team Corinthians this Sunday.

Meanwhile... In Japan: Chelsea's squad on a walkabout in Yokohama before their Club World Cup semi-final with Monterrey

Meanwhile… In Japan: Chelsea's squad on a walkabout in Yokohama before their Club World Cup semi-final with Monterrey

Big in Japan: Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez meets fans as the team walk around Yokohama before the game

Big in Japan: Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez meets fans as the team walk around Yokohama before the game

Ready for the game: These two Chelsea fans were fully kitted out

Ready for the game: These two Chelsea fans were fully kitted out

Micah Richards out for two months

Blow for City as crocked Richards faces two months on sidelines after knee surgery

|

UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 29 October 2012

Micah Richards will be out for six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery on his injured knee at a Manchester hospital on Monday.

The Manchester City defender saw a specialist who recommended immediate surgery to mend a torn knee cartilage.

Richards suffered the injury near the end of City's win over Swansea in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

Crocked: Micah Richards will be sidelined for up to two months

Crocked: Micah Richards will be sidelined for up to two months

There were fears that the England international had damaged knee ligaments, something that could have ruled him out until the end of the season.

However, those fears were allayed and Richards was told after his operation that his lay-off will be weeks rather than months. The surgery was a key-hole operation, a procedure that reduces the recovery time.

Return: David Silva (centre) is back in England following treatment

Return: David Silva (centre) is back in England following treatment

Meanwhile, City winger David Silva is back in England after spending a week in Spain having physio on a hamstring injury.

The Spanish international hopes to be back in training with his City team-mates towards the end of the week but will not play against West Ham on Sunday.

Manchester City"s Micah Richards has knee operation

City fears as Richards undergoes knee operation after suffering injury in Swans win

|

UPDATED:

16:00 GMT, 29 October 2012

Micah Richards underwent surgery on his injured knee at a Manchester hospital on Monday afternoon.

The City defender saw a specialist at lunchtime who recommended immediate surgery to mend a torn knee cartilage.

Richards suffered the injury near the end of Saturday's narrow win over Swansea in the Barclays Premier League.

Operation: Richards went under the knife on Monday afternoon

Operation: Richards went under the knife on Monday afternoon

Fears: Micah Richards was forced off on a stretcher during City's win over Swansea

There were fears that the England
international had damaged knee ligaments, something that could have
ruled him out until the end of the season.

However, those fears were allayed on Monday morning and Richards is hopeful that his lay-off will be weeks rather than months.

Monday afternoon’s surgery is likely to have been a key-hole operation, a procedure that reduces the recovery time.

Richards and City manager Roberto Mancini will not receive the full prognosis until later on Monday.

Meanwhile, City winger David Silva is back in England after spending a week in Spain having physio on a hamstring injury.

The Spanish international hopes to be
back in training with his City team-mates towards the end of the week
but will not play against West Ham on Sunday.

Daniel Agger plays through pain barrier

Agger hope for Liverpool as crocked defender plays through the pain barrier

|

UPDATED:

14:56 GMT, 3 October 2012

Daniel Agger will continue to play through the pain of a fractured kneecap to help Liverpool's Premier League push.

Agger left the field on a stretcher near the end of the Manchester United match after clashing with fellow defender Glen Johnson.

But a scan revealed no serious damage and the Danish centre-back was back for the win over Norwich with just a small crack in his bone.

Battler: Daniel Agger is playing through the pain barrier for Liverpool

Battler: Daniel Agger is playing through the pain barrier for Liverpool

Agger told the Liverpool Echo: 'I feared the worst when it happened. When I tried to get up the muscle in my knee just didn't work. I felt really unsteady and the medical staff thought I had done my ligaments.

'I thought it was a bad one and that I would be out for months. But, thankfully, it was just a really hard knock to the knee.

'I've got a small fracture in the bone but it's only a minor thing. It's not a problem. I only started training again last Friday but I was fine for the Norwich game.

'I felt really comfortable and I'm enjoying it. I think I deserved a bit of luck after the (injury) problems I've had in the past.'

Anfield manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for Agger.

'He didn't train all last week – he's got a little bit of pain in there,' he told the club website.

'He played in the game down at Norwich and did very, very well. He's recovered well now and it's just a management process with Daniel.

'I came into the club and looked closely at his injury record. He's a player who needs managing. He's a good guy and has worked well this week and will be available for the next couple of games.

'He's a real warrior. I am very fortunate here that I have got a group that has that real warrior mentality and he is one of those guys.'

Fears: It did not look good for Agger when he went down against Man United

Fears: It did not look good for Agger when he went down against Man United

Liverpool – what needs to change under Brendan Rodgers

What is wrong at Liverpool The problems facing Rodgers after nightmare start

|

UPDATED:

10:11 GMT, 25 September 2012

After the controversy and emotion of a highly charged occasion at Anfield on Sunday, reality has started to dawn for Liverpool. This has been a unique time on Merseyside and extraordinary circumstances have meant the focus has been drawn away from results.

But after five matches, they are in the bottom three with just two points. It is their worst start since 1911 and Brendan Rodgers finds himself sharing a record with George Patterson, who was appointed in 1928, as a Liverpool manager failing to win any of his first five league games.

As is always the case with Liverpool, there is never a dull moment but, as they approach a crunch sequence of fixtures, Sportsmail looks at some of the issues that the ebullient Rodgers needs to address to get his side climbing the table.

Winless: The focus now switches back to on-field issues for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool

Winless: The focus now switches back to on-field issues for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool

LACK OF DEPTH

The travails Liverpool endured during the transfer window have been well documented but only now are the ramifications of a summer when they moved on nine players really beginning to hit home, as the squad are set to be stretched to breaking point.

It was confirmed on Monday that England Under-21 right back Martin Kelly will effectively miss the remainder of the season after he ruptured cruciate ligaments in the final stages of Sunday’s 2-1 defeat by Manchester United.

Key midfielder Lucas Leiva is still out with a torn thigh muscle, Jonjo Shelvey must serve a three-match ban for his sending off against United, while Fabio Borini will be sidelined for a couple of weeks after suffering serious bone bruising to his ankle.

When you consider that leaves Luis Suarez as the only fit senior striker, it is clear Liverpool’s new scouting department of Dave Fallows and Barry Hunter – who started work two weeks ago – will need to move quickly to have reinforcements ready for the January window.

Lone ranger: Suarez is Liverpool's only fit striker

Lone ranger: Suarez is Liverpool's only fit striker

There was, at least, better news with regard to Daniel Agger. It had initially been feared that the Denmark defender had suffered a problem similar to Kelly’s but his agent Per Steffensen confirmed on Monday that Agger could return within a month.

‘Daniel hasn’t torn any ligaments,’ said Steffensen. ‘It’s very good news. He has got a bruise on his bone behind a knee. It is very sore and a bit swollen, but as soon as that goes down he can come back to training.’

THE PROBLEM WITH LUIS

Suarez is Liverpool’s most potent supply of goals, but he is also their biggest worry. If he was to suffer an injury, it would be difficult to see how they would cope but he is also running the risk of picking up a suspension.

The Uruguayan has already received three yellow cards and there is bemusement among Liverpool’s players about how he is being treated by match officials. Certainly against United he was unlucky not to receive some decisions.

Unlucky Suarez was not awarded a penalty after this challenge by Jonny Evans on Sunday

Unlucky Suarez was not awarded a penalty after this challenge by Jonny Evans on Sunday

‘I almost guarantee that if Luis was in the position of Antonio Valencia, he wouldn’t have got a penalty,’ said Glen Johnson, who was penalised for a foul on United’s winger.

‘We all know that. Reputations go in front of people, and because Valencia is not known as a diver he gets the decision.

‘I know it is difficult for the referee. Everybody has to do their job. They have to forget who they are looking at.

‘They just have to make the decisions. They can’t let anything from the past affect their decisions. They have to call the shots at the time, regardless of who it is.’

GETTING THE FIRST WIN

The feeling around Liverpool’s squad is that two points are not a fair reflection of how they have played in the opening weeks and, with better fortune, their return from home games against the two Manchester clubs could easily have been six points as opposed to one.

Work to do: Liverpool travel to Norwich on Saturday

Work to do: Liverpool travel to Norwich on Saturday

Rodgers has certainly got Liverpool operating with a style that is easy on the eye and he has players like Steven Gerrard, Johnson and Joe Allen to inflict on opponents what he has described as ‘death by football’ but the longer they wait for three points, the more hollow those words will become.

‘If you have watched every one of our games – bar the defeat to Arsenal – we have been the best team,’ Johnson argued. ‘There are a lot more positives than it looks.

‘As soon as we get a little bit of luck, I think we are going to beat someone with a big score. We can say that as much as we like but, really, we have got to get down and do it.’

Those are sentiments that Liverpool’s captain shares.

‘We know how many points we have got and it’s not good enough,’ said Gerrard.

‘But if we keep playing with that effort and determination it will only be a matter of time before we go on a sequence. Not many sides will be able to live with us because we are playing some good stuff.’

Martin Kelly out for the season – as Liverpool sweat on Daniel Agger and Fabio Borini

Kelly set to miss rest of the season with knee ligament injury as Liverpool sweat on Agger and Borini

|

UPDATED:

15:22 GMT, 24 September 2012

Liverpool’s disastrous start to the Premier League season has gone from bad to worse with Martin Kelly likely to miss the rest of the season.

The defender ruptured the anterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee against Manchester United on Sunday.

Kelly will now have surgery but he is almost certain to be out for the remainder of the campaign.

Brendan Rodgers is awaiting confirmation on Daniel Agger's injury after he was carried off on a stretcher following an awkward collision with Antonio Valencia.

Not you too: Martin Kelly (centre) is the latest Liverpool player to be sidelined by injury

Not you too: Martin Kelly (centre) is the latest Liverpool player to be sidelined by injury

A club statement read: '[Agger] has suffered a significant bone bruise to the left knee.

'No ligament damage was sustained but further tests will be carried out before it can be established when he will be able to return to training.'

Rodgers’ side were forced to finish the game against United with just nine men after – having had Jonjo Shelvey sent off and using all their substitutes – Kelly was unable to continue having picked up an injury.

Kelly confirmed the severity of his
injury, thought to be to a knee ligament, by tweeting: ‘What I can say
is its not the worst injury I’ve had, and for sure ill be fighting for
my place next year when I’m back fitter and stronger!’

The 22-year-old admitted earlier on Monday that he was ‘fearing the worst’ ahead of the scan on the injury.

He said: ‘Hoping for the best but fearing the worst ;( got my scan at 8 then will let you guys know x’

Rodgers expressed his concern for Agger after his star centre-back looked to be in some pain as he was carried off the pitch at Anfield.

He said: ‘Fabio (Borini) had a badly
swollen ankle. Agger’s doesn’t look good, the medics were saying it
might be a medial ligament. We’ll see.’

Borini still has swelling to his ankle but a scan has not shown up a fracture.

Sweat: Daniel Agger (left) is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Sweat: Daniel Agger (left) is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Sweat: Daniel Agger is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Sweat: Daniel Agger is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Ben Foden blow for England after full-back told he needs surgery on ankle injury

Foden blow for England after full-back told he needs surgery on ankle injury

|

UPDATED:

17:55 GMT, 20 September 2012

Ben Foden will miss England's QBE autumn internationals after it was confirmed he requires surgery on damaged ankle ligaments.

The Northampton full-back suffered the injury playing against Bath last Friday night and he is expected to be sidelined for between 10 and 12 weeks.

Crocked: Foden receives treatment to his ankle on Friday night

Crocked: Foden receives treatment to his ankle on Friday night

Mike Brown and Alex Goode both
started Tests at full-back on the summer tour of South Africa and will
be the leading contenders for the 15 jersey.

England open their autumn campaign
against Fiji before tackling Australia, South Africa and New Zealand on
consecutive Saturdays at Twickenham.

Foden has become an integral member of the England set-up since making his international debut in 2009, appearing in 27 of the last 28 Test matches.

'It is unfortunate for Ben who has had a good run in the side and is a valuable leader,' Lancaster said.

'But we have a number of back three players who are playing well and this offers a chance for them.'

Two of Foden's last three appearances
came on the wing in South Africa as Lancaster looked to counter the
Springboks' kicking game with two specialist full-backs.

Brown
started the first Test defeat before being ruled out of the tour with a
broken hand, opening the way for Goode to make his full debut in the
drawn third Test in Port Elizabeth.

Blow: Foden has been ruled out of autumn internationals

Blow: Foden has been ruled out of autumn internationals

If Foden is sidelined for 12 weeks, he could also miss the first four of Northampton's Heineken Cup group matches against Glasgow, Castres and the back-to-back fixtures with Ulster.

'Ben had been playing well at the start of this season and to lose him to injury is obviously disappointing,' said Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder.

'But we know that he is a dedicated professional and will work his hardest with our performance team to come back as a better and fitter player.

'In the meantime Ben's injury will give opportunities for the other back three players like James Wilson, Scott Armstrong and Noah Cato to show what they can do in the Saints first team.'

England captain Chris Robshaw hopes the loss of Foden – and any other injury absences – could have long-term benefits for England's bid to win the 2015 Rugby World Cup on home soil as it will give opportunities for other players to show they can step up to the plate.

Tom Croft, Ben Youngs and Alex Corbisiero are also injury doubts for the four-match autumn series.

And Robshaw believes if England are to topple reigning champions New Zealand in the World Cup, they will need to match the All Blacks' strength in depth.

'Unfortunately, injuries are something that happens in our sport and we have to be able to react and have faith in the players coming in, not just to do a good job but do a great job and put pressure on another player to get back in the side,' Robshaw said.

'That's what you want in the squad. If you look at New Zealand, if they have a couple of injuries they might go two players deep and still have world-class players in that position who come in and do a great job.

'That's where we want to be as a national side – to have two or three quality international players in every position, so that if someone has to come in, you know they're going to do an excellent job.'

Ben Foden doubt for autumn internationals with ankle ligament injury

Foden a serious doubt for autumn internationals with ankle ligament injury

|

UPDATED:

14:25 GMT, 18 September 2012

Northampton expect their England full-back Ben Foden to be sidelined 'for a number of weeks' after he was injured during last Friday's Aviva Premiership victory over Bath.

Foden will see a specialist on Wednesday, but his immediate prospects do not look good.

In a statement, Northampton said: 'Ben Foden sustained significant damage to his ankle ligaments during last Friday's Aviva Premiership game against Bath, and he is going to see a specialist tomorrow (Wednesday).

Crocked: Foden receives treatment to his ankle on Friday night

Crocked: Foden receives treatment to his ankle on Friday night

Injury doubt: Foden could miss the autumn internationals

Injury doubt: Foden could miss the autumn internationals

'The club will have more information after that, but Ben is expected to be out of action for a number of weeks.'

Northampton are just three games into their season, having enjoyed an unbeaten start following league victories over Gloucester, Exeter and Bath.

But it now looks as though they will be without 27-year-old Foden for a lengthy period of time.

Saints' Heineken Cup opener against Glasgow is under a month away, while news of Foden's injury will be of considerable concern to England boss Stuart Lancaster.

England begin a tough autumn Test schedule against Fiji at Twickenham on November 10, which is followed by appointments on successive weekends with Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

Foden would be a key part of Lancaster's plans, but it appears possible the 27 times-capped Saints star could now miss the whole autumn series.
Harlequins' Mike Brown and Saracens' Alex Goode would be alternatives for Lancaster in the No 15 shirt.

Emmanuel Frimpong set for Arsenal return

Boost for Arsenal as midfielder Frimpong closes in on return

|

UPDATED:

08:46 GMT, 6 September 2012

Emmanuel Frimpong could be available for selection by the end of this month after the Arsenal midfielder revealed he's closing in on a return to first-team training.

The news will come as a boost to manager Arsene Wenger who has been without the Ghana-born ace since he damaged his cruciate ligaments in February during a loan spell with Wolves.

Return: Frimpong could be available for selection by the end of the month

Return: Frimpong could be available for selection by the end of the month

'I will be back in full training with the squad on 17th on this month,' Frimpong said on Twitter.

'Two cruciate knee injuries couldn't end my career. It's been a long seven months.'

Frimpong made 14 appearances for Arsenal last term before sealing a loan move to Wolves. He then played four times for the Molineux outfit.