Football FanCast columnist
Rob Facey wonders whether Arsene Wenger has a point; is it about time that
national teams compensated clubs if a player gets injured?
Theo Walcott will be out of action for up to three months
after damaging his shoulder on international duty this week, prompting Arsene
Wenger to explore the possibility of getting financial compensation from the
England set up.
Walcott, who has featured in all of Arsenal's Premier League
fixtures this season, is expected to be unavailable until February at the
earliest after a recurring injury resurfaced.
He dislocated his shoulder last season and got knocks
against Stoke and in the Champions League this year, but this has not deterred
Wenger from looking into getting reimbursed by the FA.
After this week's farce in which several high profile stars
developed short term injuries, it is clear that the officials of clubs and the
national set up are still wary of each other.
Capello calling Gerrard in for a second opinion is a prime
example of the level England officials think that clubs will go to make their
players miss out these friendly matches.
But when genuine injury arises, then this raises another
more serious question over the need for these friendlies.
Walcott, ironically, will be fit for the next international
in March, but it will be his club side that suffer in the mean time.
So what can be done to solve the problem? One solution,
suggested by Wenger, is rearranging the international calendar, to ensure
injuries can be treated before clubs resume their domestic campaign.
particularly not welcome at the moment because it is at a period where you want
your players to recover a little bit," Wenger said, as reported in The Times.
week after is Champions League so it's not well positioned. We have some
players that will not even be back for Manchester City [on Saturday].
see what you gain from this friendly because there is no game. You can explain
a friendly to prepare for an official match but after this there is no international
game for four months."
Is there anyway that the FA will pay Arsenal
for the injury Walcott sustained?
Newcastle won a case and were paid £5m by the FA after
Michael Owen was ruled out for almost a year at the last World Cup, but Wenger
is believed to be looking at covering Walcott's wages for the duration of his
lay off; believed to be around £200,000 (not that Wenger will spend it, mind).
Should there be a system put in place where clubs are
compensated if their players get injured when on national team duty?
Or is it just bad luck if a player gets injured?
In Walcott's case, this will be his second shoulder surgery
in two years, so it would be unfair to lay the blame at the feet of the English
national team, especially when this is a recurring injury.
Is there any way that clubs and country will ever coexist