Gordon Strachan today was surveying the wreckage of his first team squad after the supreme
effort which brought two victories in three days to clinch Premier League status for
The club now has 13 members of the first team squad queuing for treatment, a situation
that has left the physiotherapists seriously in danger of overload.
Gary McAllister, Cedric Roussel and Youssef Chippo are the latest to join the list and
Strachan, surveying the wall chart on which he displays his fit and unfit players says:
"Those on the injured list make up a better team than the fit ones."
A quick glance through that list shows why. It also includes Robbie Keane, Carlton
Palmer, Steve Froggatt, Tomas Gustafsson, Paul Williams, David Burrows, Marc Edworthy,
John Aloisi, Marcus Hall and Gavin Strachan.
Of the three newcomers to the list, Chippo is the most seriously hurt. He has damaged
his medial knee ligaments, the type of injury that has sidelined Keane for the last four
McAllister and Roussel were forced out of Saturdays 4-0 victory over Bradford
City, incapacitated by blows to the thigh that resulted in severe bruising, known in
football as dead leg. Both players were still limping on Monday, but were
expected to be available for selection for next Sundays match at Arsenal.
If Chippo cannot play then Paul Telfer is expected to start the match, despite having
only 45 minutes of football after five weeks out with an ankle injury.
It was also hoped that Gustafsson, who has been playing with a calf muscle injury, will
be patched up again to take the field at Highbury.