We were told a few weeks ago that Emre had almost recovered from his slight calf muscle strain, and today we are told by Kevin Keegan that the Turkish International will not be back until the Sunderland game on 20th April.
What is going on here?
Emre – out 11 weeks with a slight calf muscle strain?
The Turkish midfielder is still not over his calf problem, and the England Under-21 winger still has a protective boot on his foot. But it’s our potential match-winner Emre that we are worried about.
We finally got Viduka back last Monday after he was out several weeks with another slight problem. Emre’s last game was against Middlesbrough on 3rd February, when he was replaced after 66 minutes by James Milner, strangely enough. But it was a tactical switch, and we think Emre picked up his injury in training the following week.
But if he’s out another 2-3 weeks that will be around 11 weeks he’s been out with a slight calf muscle strain. On PhysioRoom.com his comeback date, to return to full training is set at April 5th. That gives him 2 weeks to be ready for the Sunderland game.
When we’ve needed Emre’s creative play the most, he’s been out with an injury. When he first suffered the injury we were told it was a slight muscle strain. Those are the facts – it’s now 7 weeks later so what’s going on?
This is what Kevin said on Friday, 7th March before the side left for Liverpool:
â€œViduka is still another week away, but if he has no more set-backs then he should be back for our game at Birmingham City a week on Monday night.â€
â€œEmre is two weeks away, with Carr not expected back for three weeks because of his hamstring injury.â€
A couple of things with that – Emre’s injury is a calf muscle strain and not a hamstring – and Kevin said Emre would be returning by March 21st – now it’s going to be April 20th? Remember also that when Kevin made that statement on 7th March, Emre had already been out 5 weeks.
Kevin also said today that Carr was still 2-3 weeks away in recovering from his hamstring injury. So in two weeks his prognosis has not improved at all?
We think the medical staff at the club need to issue a more detailed explanation on what’s happening with Emre – because we just don’t understand it, given what we’ve been told by the club.
It’s a serious charge to say somebody’s hiding out in the dressing room during these tough times, especially when it’s our most creative player. We know that, but it certainly looks that way – by just looking at the facts.
What do you think?