|Where the ouchie happened, apparently.|
Under the best of circumstances, he’d be back in time for our last four fixtures at Everton, home against Newcastle and again against West Brom, and at Norwich. In the interim, of course, he’ll miss Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Everton along with the crucial stretch that see us travel to Bayern, Tottenham, and Chelsea before hosting Man City. Assuming we can beat Everton on Saturday, we’d have the FA Cup semifinal on 12-13 April, which he’ll almost certainly miss. The silver lining? Should we make it to the FA Cup final, scheduled for 17 May, Jack might—just might—be ready.
I sincerely hope someone loses his job over this crap. Hodgson, maybe. Call it an unnecessary generalization if you must, but international friendlies serve no purpose whatsoever—oh, except to fill the pockets of the various associations, whose hearts are pure as driven snow and would never consider for a second jeopardizing a player’s career over something trivial. Never. I need smelling salts at the mere hint of the accusation. Perish the thought.
If there’s any actual good news to be taken from this, it’s that the injury does not affect Jack’s surgically repaired right foot, the only that sidelined him for what felt like years. On the other hand, he’s lefty. On the third hand, even lefties need both feet to run, and I’m told that some of the better footballers will occasionally kick the ball with the foot that they don’t prefer. For all intents and purposes, Jack is probably done for the season. Aside from the Everton match (the Prem one, that is, on 6 April)., we should be able to squeak past the remaining clubs to finish the season without Jack. Perhaps this Swede Källström can find it in himself to magically heal his back in order to make an appearance or two in Jack’s stead.
I didn’t foresee Jack playing this Saturday regardless of the details around his injury; however, knowing now that he isn’t available regardless of my opinion, we’ll have to regroup quickly and do our damnedest to make sure that Jack has a chance to play in an FA Cup match before the season is out.