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Sol: My agony

Posted on 29 September 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Sol Campbell has talked about the agony of his shoulder injury — and the agony of missing out on England’s historic clash against Germany.

Few will forget the pain etched on Campbell’s face as he was slowly walked off Brentford’s Griffin Park by physio Alasdair Beattie after dislocating his shoulder in the Worthington Cup tie on September 19.

Our skipper underwent keyhole surgery — officially known as an arthroscopy — on Saturday and, in good spirits at Spurs Lodge, is now starting the long road back to fitness. That is expected to take six weeks.

So was it as painful as it looked? “Ask anyone who has done it of course it’s going to hurt,” he said. “Putting it back in’s going to hurt, doing it hurts, everything about it hurts.

“After you’ve just got to keep soldiering on, take the pain and go from there. It was hurting and the timing is not the best but you have to turn it into positives and I’m back on track.

“The operation was a success so that’s the main thing. I’m happy with how it’s going. I can’t really do much on it now because I have to wait for it to settle down and take its course and heal and after three or four weeks I’ll start to do a bit more strengthening work. The main thing now is to rest it and allow the natural healing process to begin.

“Everyone knows it will be about six weeks. That’s what we’re looking for. You have to play it by ear really. I’ve got to rest it for another two weeks now, just do simple exercises and go from there.

“You have to give the arm time to heal. It’s all about timing now — it’s not worth rushing back and not feeling right. Just wait the time and come back stronger.”

The injury has ruled big Sol out of England’s World Cup qualifying games against Germany and Finland. Missing the Germany game — the final game at Wembley and all that goes with it — is a particular blow.

“Don’t keep reminding me,” he said. “It’s a big blow for Tottenham and England and games I want to play for Tottenham and two games I want to play for England.

“It will be an historical day against Germany, a massive game as it always is against them and I’m just sorry I can’t be a part of it.

“I think I’ll watch it but sometimes I just like to get away from it all. I’m not the best for watching games. I’d rather be out there.”

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