WEMBLEY TO BE MY HOME FROM HOME!
SEAN ST Ledger has never played at Wembley before but by the end of May he could make FOUR appearances there – for THREE different sides.
The 28-year-old Championship defender and Republic of Ireland international is on loan from Leicester to Millwall.
He has missed most of the season with a hamstring injury picked up in October, but could now face a hectic couple of months.
WEMBLEY 1: First up is Millwall’s FA Cup semi-final with Premier League Wigan on Saturday, with Kenny Jackett’s men aiming to book their second appearance in the final in nine years.
WEMBLEY 2: If Millwall win, St Ledger will be pushing for his loan deal, which runs out on May 4, to be extended so he can play in the final against either Manchester City or Chelsea a week later.
WEMBLEY 3: Then it will be back to Leicester, and with the Foxes pushing for promotion he could well find himself back at the national stadium for the play-off final on May 27.
WEMBLEY 4: If that wasn’t enough to test the former Preston defender’s hamstrings, England host Ireland two days later in a friendly and he could be running out in a third different shirt.
“It could be pretty strange,” he said. “Ireland haven’t played England for a number of years so it’s exciting times.
“The bread and butter is the league with Millwall, but the semifinal is the big one. It was one of the things I looked to when I joined. I’ve never played in an FA Cup semifinal before and probably never will again and fortunately I’m not cuptied. I’m not sure what will happen with my loan yet. My deal was to the end of May 4, but obviously I want to extend that if we get to the final.
“With games being put back we play pretty much every Saturday and Tuesday between now and the end of the season. It’s an important time for the club.”
All of this seemed a million miles away for St Ledger six months ago when he tore his hamstring against Bristol City. But after visiting specialist Dr Hans-Wilhelm Müller Wohlfahrt – whose clients include Bayern Munich, the German national team and Olympic champion Usain Bolt – he was able to target an earlier return than he expected.
The unusual treatment of injecting calves’ blood into his back worked, and let St Ledger make up for what looked like being a forgettable campaign.
“I’ve never suffered an injury like it before, fortunately,” he added. “I’m 28, and they say this should be your peak year, so it’s been disappointing to miss most of it, this has been the worst injury of my career.
“I travelled over to Germany to Dr Wohlfahrt and had a week of injections in my back.
“The clinic was a fantastic setup, it was so professional and I was in there with Arjen Robben and Miroslav Klose in the waiting room. They were chatting away with each other but my German isn’t the best.
“He told me to come back for a scan four weeks later and he said it would be healed – and it was. It was fantastic. It’s been so frustrating but it’s nice to be back and with a few important games on the horizon.”
QUE SERA, SERA: Sean St Ledger, right, with Paul Konchesky at Leicester fancies a few trips to Wembley