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Rooney's Slippers To Blame?

Wayne Rooney was wearing Nike's 'Total 90 Supremacy' boot for the first time at Stamford Bridge on Saturday when he suffered the broken metatarsal.

The finger was pointed at the new-style boots which some people speculate are the major reason behind such a recent spate of metatarsal injuries.

Nike point out that of the series of England stars to be affected in recent years - including David Beckham, Gary Neville and Steven Gerrard - Rooney is the only one contracted to them.

And, at the high-profile launch of the 'Total 90 Supremacy' boot, which weighs in at a mere 10.5 ounces and features air technology specifically to cushion and protect the foot, boot developer Cedric Collet insisted there was no added risk to the safety of a player by the use of lighter micro-fibres in the boot construction rather than old-style leather.

Collet: 'Nothing occurred in any of our tests to indicate the player would be at any risk.

'The boot was specifically designed for Wayne and has incorporated three different types of protection for his foot. Every time we bring a boot out, the safety aspect is improved in some way.

'The boot is more durable and it keeps the shape around the player's foot. In some ways, I think these injuries are more linked to the speed the game is played at now.'

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Date:Tuesday May 2 2006

Time: 11:09AM

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I wonder if he'll be fit for the world cup ??? I can't see the boots being at fault after seeing the challenge .
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02/05/2006 11:39:00

it cant be the boots i cant understand why because other players wore them and it didnt happen,
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02/05/2006 15:19:00

Gutted that Rooney is injured. It's typical it happens just before the World Cup. Lets pray he recovers in time.
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03/05/2006 10:10:00

lol i dont see how the shoes affected that challenge. it was propbably more to do with the fact that carvalho fouled him while he was runnin at his usual 90mph. you cant expect rooney to stay injury free, after all he puts in 100% all the time so its bound to happen.
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03/05/2006 13:50:00

I can see it myself. Wayne Rooney was the very first to wear that type of boot, and it was the same with Gael Clichy and Ashley Cole, same boots, same injury, same month. Surely not coincidence?
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03/05/2006 21:36:00

the boots are getting softer all the time, who had even heard of a metatarsal until four years ago? craig johnstone reckons he was warning of problems years ago to adidas
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03/05/2006 22:34:00

D**khead43 it was Ferreira not Carvalho, and it wasn't a foul, he got the ball, but his other knee caught Rooneys trailing foot.
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04/05/2006 07:33:00


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