It hasn’t been a good week for footballer’s feet.
It was announced today that Steven Gerrard has a hairline fracture in his right foot, though he still believes he’ll play this Sunday against Chelsea. He won’t, however, suit up for the England v. Germany friendly next Wednesday, according to manager, Rafael Benitez.
The injury occurred yesterday during Liverpool’s Champions League qualifier against Toulouse.
The news, of course, comes days after Wayne Rooney suffered a hairline fracture to his left foot against Reading, putting him out of action for the next two months. Consequently, it’s also reignited the discussion of how well players are protected with the current line of football boots.
Regarding that subject, Reuters UK published an interesting article today featuring Adidas Predator designer Craig Johnston, who believes that protection in today’s boots is sub-par at best. “It’s only a matter of time before a player gets so seriously injured that he sues a major sportswear company”. Check it out here.