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Upson out of Burnley test


Filed: Friday, 27th November 2009
By: Staff Writer


Club captain Matthew Upson could be out of action for several weeks after suffering a hamstring injury in training.

Upson, who succeeded the outgoing Lucas Neill as club captain during the summer sustained the injury earlier this week and as well as missing out against the Clarets, could also miss the forthcoming clashes against Man Utd, Birmingham, Bolton and Chelsea.

Despite the loss of Upson, Gianfranco Zola's defensive options have been boosted by the return of Danny Gabbidon, who played out of position at left back against Hull last weekend but will almost certainly replace Upson on Saturday afternoon.

Gabbidon - the KUMB.com Player of the Year in 2005/06 - has missed the best part of the last two seasons with an ongoing hip injury but is close to reaching full fitness once again.

Meanwhile there is further good news regarding Kieron Dyer, who is also looking to be involved with the first team again this weekend having come through Tuesday's 5-2 reserve team win over Stoke unscathed.

"Obviously I needed the run-out and it was good," Dyer told whufc.com. "It went really well. I scored two goals and looked quite sharp so hopefully it gives the manager a poser."





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by Dotti
10:18PM 27th Nov 2009
''"it gives the manager a poser."

At least he's honest!''

by Niran Ade-onojobi
09:59PM 27th Nov 2009
''Upson's injury is coming at a time that his services will go a long way to steering Hammers away from the relegation zone. This is a massive blow. With due respect to Danny he is certainly not in the same class as Matthew. Hammers must get quality players in January even if it has to be on a Bosman basis if we are to avoid being in a relegation struggle.''

by Neil
02:38PM 27th Nov 2009
''Mark my words, the lack of leadership will be solved with Parker stepping in to what I believe to be his rightful and suitable role of club captain, that and the absence of Upson's shaky persona out of the side is going to bring us a result.

I've said it before he left, Collins was always going to be a better defender than Upson. Although the bloke is better than what we've had in recent years he (Upson) is nothing great. As I've said all along, we should have took the supposed tens of millions on offer for Upson, not force the loyal Ginge out.

We lost an Iron that day.

In any event, my bets are now on a win to the home side.

Come on lads, prove my rarely opened gob right! COYI!''

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