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Neville Out So Shut Up, Chelsea

It hasn't been confirmed yet but press reports suggest our skipper's injury is more serious than it had been thought to be.

Gary Neville could be out for six more weeks, due to the ankle ligament damage he suffered just 7 minutes into our last league game, against Bolton Wanderers.

Gary Speed seems to be always likely to take out our skippers as he was the man who kicked Roy Keane off the park in the 1999 FA Cup final. As things stand, Gary might feature in important games - but only if we get to the final of both the FA Cup and the Champions League.

Otherwise, he's believed to have targeted the clash with Chelsea on May 9 for a return but we can't reasonably think Fergie would play him after almost two months out so his best chance to feature in the last part of the season is the FA Cup final.

But now I firmly think that Chelsea MUST SHUT UP about injuries. WE HAD MORE INJURIES THAN THEM. Yes, I'm serious.

Terry missed some games but Gary will miss more. Park missed three months, Saha also had several minor and a more serious injury. Silvestre is out until the end of the season, Fletcher will be back at the end of April, after missing 2 months. And now Gary.

Chelsea still hide behind the injury to Cech. They refer to this as an injury-ravaged season though that's rubbish: we had more injuries but they had the most serious one. And of course Joe Cole is out, too but they can still afford to leave Robben and SWP on the bench so that might not count for much. Add to this an unlimited transfer kitty and wage budget and you'll see that it's extreme hypocrisy from Chelsea to say injuries prevent them from topping the table now.

Of course, I still hope the reports about Gary are false.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 27 2007

Time: 1:03PM

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United might have had more injuries than Chelsea but have these injuries really been to soo many KEY and INFLUENCIAL players (and long term) as Chelsea's have been?!?! When it comes to injuries and who has or hasn't been effected more think most need to look towards Newcastle and how they've been unlucky, not to mention us at Rovers, KEY personnel constantly missing, and missing for LONG periods.
Hughes Da Man
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27/03/2007 13:22:00

Typical ManUre, they are so competitive, everything about them has to be THE BEST and THE BIGGEST. Hence this rather tragic attempt to try to prove that their injury list is more serious than ours was when, at one point, we had no natural centrebacks and our first-choice keeper out.
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27/03/2007 13:25:00

Oh yeah, fletcher and park are really key players. Would you be top if you had missed VDS, ferdinand and giggs.... I think not.
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27/03/2007 13:34:00

"But now I firmly think that Chelsea MUST SHUT UP about injuries. WE HAD MORE INJURIES THAN THEM. Yes, I'm serious." Good grief, you United fans whine like ******es.
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27/03/2007 13:38:00

Fletcher out for two months eh? Don't know how you coped. Laughable.
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27/03/2007 14:11:00

When Fletcher was out you could even hear the cheering of MUFC fans in Manchester! Silvestre too. Smith too. Missing Rio, Vidic and Giggs wouldn't be enough. They'd have to be missing VdS as well as Kuszack and Heinze and Silvestre at the same time.
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27/03/2007 14:43:00

every one of our players has been rested and we carried on winning so saying we wouldnt be top is just stupid we have a better squad then chelsea
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27/03/2007 15:57:00

Sorry - but Chelsea had injured at the SAME time: Joe Cole, Wayne Bridge, Ashley Cole, Cech, Cudicini, Carvalho, Terry and Robben. Not for the entire duration I admit - but key players were injured at the ame time- at one point we only had two defenders fit! Mourinho has stated that he has not been able to pick his first choice team once all season. If you took the equivalent players out of the Man Utd team you'd not be top either (VDS, Reserve Keeper, Ferdinand, Vidic, Ronaldo, Rooney. . .). Like Mourinho I respect Man Utd's form this season entirely and you would be pushing for the title regardless of Chelsea's injury crisis but to deny luck hasn't played a part is ludicrous. Chelsea had a lot of luck in the early part of last season - Man Utd have this season. That's the way it goes.
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28/03/2007 09:20:00

i think the editor wanted to get a number of furious chelsea fans coming here to leave comments as that increases traffic... and he got what he wanted! :-)) vidic was injured early in the season, saha missed a lot of time, scholes missed four games through suspension and some more when he was rested
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28/03/2007 09:53:00

and he was right: with an unlimited transfer kitty you shouldn't moan but that's what you do and it's pathetic... chelsea had no key players injured for more than two weeks in the last two seasons and now that you have some problems you moan pitifully.
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28/03/2007 09:54:00

andleics: Joe Cole's and Robben's equivalent at us are not Rooney and Ronaldo but Park and Fletcher. Your first choice midfield was Essien-Ballack-Lampard-Makelele this season whereas ours was Giggs-Scholes-Carrick-Ronaldo, so Joe Cole, Robben, Park and Fletcher are squad players. Giggs was out for three weeks in September but your quartet had no problems. Shevchenko and Drogba had no injuries - Saha had though it's true Rooney is fit throughout the season. So in the departmens responsible for attack we had more injuries (in terms of squad players the amount is roughly the same) but still scored a lot more goals. In defense? Maybe you should not sell two defenders on transfer deadline day next time.
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28/03/2007 10:01:00

Joe Cole is NOT a squad player and is definately a cut above Park and Fletcher. He is easily on a par with Giggs and Rooney - IMO he was Englands star player at the World Cup (although that's not saying much!) and is one of the first names on the team sheet when fit. Robben is also better and more influential that Park and Fletcher. No key players out at the same time huh? That would explain why we had to play Hilario for 15 games and had no central defenders to play against Liverpool! Even if we hadn't cold Huth and Gallas they were also inujured for their respective clubs (whilst on international duty) so it's doubtful they'd have helped. No-one is making excuses - the injuries Chelsea had over the Christmas new-year period coincided with the same period that Man Utd established their lead. Six points is six points and the gap is not so large - another season it will be different. As for the comments about Chelsea's wealth I struggle to take the seriously coming from Man Utd fans where they have also spent large sums (even before Abramovich at Chelsea) on the likes of Ferdinand, Rooney, Carrick and Ronaldo. I'm sorry but your squad is about as home grown as ours!! I also respect the fact the obviously you think we have played out first choice midfield all season long when Mourinho himself has stated that we have been unable to play it all season. Good luck for the rest of the season.
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28/03/2007 14:52:00

joe is better the fletcher and park but he still aint first choice for you when fit so that is what midlothian99 is saying. and comparing what we have spent to you is stupid cause we earnt most of our money through business wheras you earnt yours from your sugar daddy. and finally you can complain about your injuries this season but our you forgetting ours in the last two seasons?
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28/03/2007 15:17:00

andleics: rooneyisgod is right in explaining my comments. Joe Cole is a BRILLIANT player but still not a regular at Chelsea. The United v Chelsea game was a pretty important one and you had Robben and Joe Cole fit but both were on the bench so we may assume your first-choice midfield is the Ballack-Makelele-Essien-Lampard quartet. And if you can afford to have squad players like SWP, Joe Cole and Robben then you should not talk about injuries. As it's been pointed out above, you hardly had any in the last two seasons so you should accept it now. And let me add I'm not a Chelsea-hater: I'm fed up of the fact that the media and the press are constantly drooling over Liverpool and Arsenal whilst United and Chelsea are viewed as the baddies, the evil mercenaries and so on...
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28/03/2007 21:10:00

nev is getting on anyway no great loss if he is long term injured and you have other leaders on the field no worries
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29/03/2007 12:24:00

best of luck to you lot, and I hope for your sake Fake ronaldo dont pick up any injuries when doing those blatant dives, must be hard on the old knees...
Blue is the colour
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30/03/2007 11:03:00


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