David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen… and Johan Elmander. What do they all have in common?
The answer – apart from the obvious – is they’ve all succumbed to the much maligned fractured metatarsal, with the former Bolton man the latest in a long line of supposedly super-fit sportsmen who as it turns out have bones made from dried tagliatelle.
The forward, 6/1 to be Sweden’s top scorer at Euro 2012, suffered the injury in Galatasaray’s 0-0 draw with Fenerbache on Saturday but has still been included in Erik Hamren’s 23-man squad.
All things considered, Swedish fans are unlikely to be knocking on Uri Geller’s door for help anytime soon.
But before you rush out to grab a copy of Aftonbladet and transmit positive energy to photographs of his foot, let’s consider how crucial Elmander is to Sweden’s chances.
After a much improved final season with Bolton in which he scored 12 goals in all competitions, Elmander secured a move to Galatasaray on a free transfer.
Obviously having a bit of a thing for the number 12, he scored the same amount of goals last season before his injury at the weekend.
His recent record at international level however is less than inspiring. He scored just two goals in qualifying, both coming in a 4-1 away victory against Moldova in June 2011 and hasn’t scored in the seven fixtures he’s featured in since.
So all things considered, Swedish fans are unlikely to be knocking on Uri Geller’s door for help anytime soon.
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