Clubs should es­tab­lish in­jury rule

The Star Early Edition - - SOCCER - ADRIAN DURHAM

IF DA­LEY Blind, Michael Car­rick and David de Gea are all forced to miss Satur­day’s Premier League game at Arse­nal through in­jury then Manch­ester United should be al­lowed to re­quest the game be post­poned.

Hav­ing any player in­jured on in­ter­na­tional duty is un­for­tu­nate. But to have three of their start­ing XI all crocked while on Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fy­ing duty in the past few days has been spec­tac­u­larly un­lucky.

If you think this is ridicu­lous, imag­ine if it hap­pens to your club. Now you can see the logic, right? Stop hat­ing United, and think about this as a rul­ing that could ben­e­fit foot­ball and all clubs.

There is a prob­lem es­tab­lish­ing a rule: how do you de­cide how many play­ers must be in­jured be­fore a club can re­quest a post­pone­ment?

For me, three seems rea­son­able; as long as they’re all reg­u­lar first­team play­ers. Squads should be big enough to cope with one, even two in­juries. But three play­ers com­ing back from in­ter­na­tional games crocked, cre­ates a sit­u­a­tion that’s much harder to work with.

Manch­ester United man­ager Louis van Gaal has been left with a de­pleted squad to choose from on Satur­day. A United sec­ond string side, with three in­juries dumped on them by in­ter­na­tional foot­ball, away to Arse­nal, is po­ten­tially lambs to the slaugh­ter, and in sim­ple terms it’s un­fair.

One ques­tion that arises from this idea: how many games can be post­poned by the club that suf­fers? In my opin­ion, just one. That should be long enough for any club to work with the re­main­ing play­ers in the squad.

There is another as­pect to this. Last month I in­ter­viewed Repub­lic of Ire­land man­ager Martin O’Neill and asked him how he felt about the Ever­ton pair Sea­mus Cole­man and James McCarthy miss­ing the game in Ger­many, and then play­ing for their club a few days later.

The is­sue cropped up again with Ire­land as­sis­tant Roy Keane say­ing Roberto Martinez didn’t play for his coun­try, so he doesn’t un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion from the point of view of an in­ter­na­tional man­ager. Keane says it’s a re­lief when he sees Cole­man and McCarthy turn up for the na­tional side. It’s an un­likely sce­nario but imag­ine that Wayne Rooney, Chris Small­ing and Luke Shaw were all in­jured in Glas­gow last night. That would make a to­tal of six Manch­ester United play­ers in­jured on in­ter­na­tional duty. It’s a sit­u­a­tion that needs ad­dress­ing – most clubs would agree with that.– Daily Mail

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