Upson farked

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 4th April 2008

Matthew Upson could be out for the rest of the season, according to reports.

The commanding centre-half was injured during the 4-0 defeat at Liverpool last month but expected to return shortly after.

However reports suggest that a scan has revealed a re-occurrence of the injury that ruled him out for the last four months of last season.

Alan Curbishley, talking ahead of the Tottenham defeat a month ago claimed that Upson was virtually ready to return to action.

In his pre-match press conference of Thursday, 13th March Curbs claimed that Upson 'may be back' for the Spurs game before adding 'we'll find that out over the next couple of days.'

However in the latest example of an apparently simple injury turning into something rather more serious the England defender has missed the four games since - casting further question marks over the club's medical staff, who have been heavily criticised in recent weeks.

Missing In Action - top five

Matthew Upson
Last game: 0-4 v Liverpool - 5th March 2008

Said to be on the verge of returning to action three weeks ago - new reports claim that he will miss the rest of the season.

Matthew Etherington
Last Game: 1-1 v Birmingham - 9th February 2008

Curbishley revealed that Etherington 'sat out training' the week following the draw with Birmingham. He has now been out for two months with a 'groin strain'.

Danny Gabbidon
Last game: 1-2 v Everton, 12th December 2007

The Welsh centre-half has been out for the last five months with a 'persistent groin problem'.

Lee Bowyer
Last Game: 1-1 v Birmingham - 9th February 2008

Was ruled 'eligible to play' against Fulham on February 23rd having had his red card against Birmingham rescinded. No reason for his two-month absence has been given; Curbishley's only words being that he had 'sat out training' and is 'working his way back'.

Nigel Quashie
Last game: 3-4 v Tottenham - 4th March 2007

Out with a 'foot' injury for over a year. Returned briefly for the reserves last November but has disappeared off the radar since.

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