Monday, December 14, 2009

Injured Footballers

Over the weekend there were a number of reports of how Dean Ashton, the West Ham striker was forced to retire from the game aged 26, after getting injured during an England training session. A story that was less widely publicised was the fact Derby had terminated the contract of Giles Barnes after several seasons of injury.

3 years ago, aged 18 Barnes was Derby's star performer and was tipped for great things. He was strong, had pace and scored lots of goals. However, since then he's never played regularly and it appears that the age of 21 his career might be over. I've always rated him and thought he had the potential to become a fantastic player. Last year he had a loan spell at Fulham but was never fit enough to play. You never know, he may well still make it, but the odds are against him.

Another famous footballer whose career was terminated by injury was, of course Brian Clough. And as we all know, the rest is history.

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