You know how we often repeat the mantra Please don’t get injured please don’t get injured please don’t get injured whenever international breaks come along? It’s because we here at Cartilage Free Captain tend to think that domestic league football is vastly superior to national team matches, especially when those international matches are dumb early qualifiers for a tournament that won’t come for another two years.
Do you know why we also yell BAN INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL? Because crap like this sometimes happens. The Telegraph is reporting today that Tottenham Hotspur are worried about Danny Rose after he apparently played through a hamstring injury during England’s 1-0 win over Slovakia this past weekend.
So apparently Danny felt a twinge in his hammy but instead of pulling up and signaling for a sub he decided to play through it, and now it’s possible that he has a strain that will cause him to miss the next three weeks, including Saturday’s match against Stoke and the upcoming Champions League match against Monaco.
This is a cagily written article, it should be said. It’s mostly based on supposition, especially the parts about Danny potentially missing time at Tottenham. There’s a lot of passive voice, a lot of conditional tense. Matt Law isn’t writing on fact here, he’s extrapolating, big time.
That said, that extrapolation is scary as hell. Rose has been one of Tottenham’s best players in the early part of this season, and losing him for any number of matches would be 100% terrible, especially with the knowledge that he might have done a hammy while playing a stupid international qualifier against friggin’ Slovakia.
For now, take a deep breath and stay calm. We don’t know all the facts, and may not for a while yet. Ben Davies is a perfectly capable left back, and Hugo is coming back soon. All shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. Breathe.