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JD's fingers of fate

Posted on 7 October 2009  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe is taking a philosophical view of the injury that has ruled him out of the latest England squad.

JD's fingers of fate

Jermain Defoe is taking a philosophical view of the injury that has ruled him out of the latest England squad.

The in-form striker suffered two dislocated fingers and a fracture in his left hand in the 5-0 win against Burnley on September 26.

Specialists have advised him to avoid contact so although he's able to train as normal, he wouldn't be able to take part in what would be physical World Cup qualifiers against Ukraine and Belarus, regardless of England already booking their place in the finals.

With six goals in nine games for us in all competitions plus three goals in three England internationals, ‘JD' has been in flying form this season and the injury represents his first real setback.

"I've always said any disappointment is a blessing but since pre-season I've felt sharp and things have gone my way both at club level and international level, so I can't really complain," he reasoned at Spurs Lodge this week.

"I can have a rest, get myself focused and make sure that in my next game for the club I'm really firing again."

It was somewhat a freak injury - JD was through on goal and hit a shot that was saved by Burnley keeper Brian Jensen but flew back in his direction, striking him on the left hand and doing the damage to his fingers.

"It was strange, I didn't feel it at all," he reflected. "I had the shot - and I should have scored - the keeper saved it and it came back and as it hit me I ran away and didn't feel it.

"I looked down and saw both fingers pointing the other way. That's when I panicked.

"I was on the side of the pitch and I wanted to stay on so I asked Geoff (Scott, physio) if he could crack them back into place, but I was in a lot of pain.

"People have said to me ‘you must have been in a lot of pain' but it's strange, that only came afterwards. At the time I did it I didn't feel it.

"I can train, I can run and that's what I've been doing at Spurs in the last few days. I've just got to be careful with contact. I thought it was only a dislocation but I've got a fracture in there as well.

"It's only normal to try and protect it so if I was to play, perhaps I wouldn't go into the game 100 per cent. It's unfortunate but I'll rest the fingers and hopefully get them right for the Portsmouth game."