An Injury to Mind and Bodde
The news that Ferrie Bodde will miss practically a second full season of Championship sparring will be sickening to all bar the most one-eyed of Cardiff City fans. That it is the very same knee that put paid to his afternoon after just eight minutes of Saturday’s fine win over Sheffield United bodes badly and although Joe Allen shone as Bodde’s deputy last term, he is also currently missing in action.
The grim tidings provide a decidedly ragged aspect to the Swans’ plumage. Departures and additional injuries to Darren Pratley and Leon Britton have provided their squad with an entirely new look and the gutsiness of their surprise win will be hard to repeat on a regular basis. Bodde’s misfortune could now relegate him to that sad flock of players whose careers have been so disrupted. Ledley King, Jonathan Woodgate, Rob Jones, Michael Owen and Darren Anderton are famous examples from the upper echelons, but the second flight also has its share.
Among those frequenters of the treatment table who turned out for current Championship clubs, one recalls Nicky Forster, still banging them in as Brighton captain, Alan Smith, whose fledgling Second Tier career has thankfully been short of the sideline squatting of his Premier League years, West Brom and England left back, Derek Staham, the dodgily cruciated Alan Shearer, rotund pundit David Hirst, Watford’s mercurial Gifton Noel-Williams and QPR’s controversial Gary Waddock, now the Aldershot gaffer. Let’s hope that Swansea’s Dutchman does not follow their path.