WEM­B­LEY TO BE MY HOME FROM HOME!

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Jamie Holt

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.”

Tar­get

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.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

QUE SERA, SERA: Sean St Ledger, right, with Paul Konch­esky at Leicester fan­cies a few trips to Wem­b­ley

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