Posted by: Paul | September 4, 2010

Ouch

Pity poor Michael Dawson. No sooner does he take his rightful (yes, RIGHTFUL) place in the England starting line up than he sustains an injury before the hour mark of his first competitive international match.

Dawson appeared to turn a knee, and I instantly thought ‘oh no.’ It looked bad. There’s no news today on the nature of the injury, which is likely to mean it is bad. If they’d looked him over and he seemed OK, there would probably have been some kind of announcement this morning but he is apparently waiting for a scan, which suggests some damage. As a Tottenham fan, this is not good news.

We have cover, of course. Though Ledley King is unable to play every game, we still have the sturdy Sebastien Bassong and now Gallas the Gooner, and backups in the shape of Younes Kaboul and Vedran Corluka. ‘Charlie’ normally plays right back but has also deputised in the centre, and with the return of Alan Hutton from injury who is a natural right full-back, Corluka could again find himself moved to the middle. And in a real pinch, Tom Huddlestone has also filled in at the back.

Despite the injury to the man who was the Spurs players’ Player of the Year last season and our stand-in captain, that’s the beauty of the depth of our squad this year. I’m totally crossing my fingers that Daws’ injury is not serious, but if it is I’m optimistic that we’ll still be able to mount a serious challenge. There’s no denying it’s a blow though.

In other Spurs news, Jermain Defoe became the first Spurs player ever to score a hat-trick for England. Isn’t that incredible? All that talent and those goals over the years, from Sheringham to Lineker to Hoddle to Greaves, and Defoe becomes the first. It was a stodgy first half performance from the team but they came to life after half-time, and made relatively weak opposition in the shape of Bulgaria look, well, relatively weak. Normal service has been resumed, and England look like they’re enjoying playing the national game once more. About bleedin’ time.

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