Writer: J P Fear
Date:Sunday August 12 2007
Martin O'Neill has explained that both Martin Laursen and John Carew came down with an illness on Friday but both insisted they were fit to play.
Carew lasted the whole of the game against Liverpool, although he looked far from fit - which makes you feel even more sorry for Luke Moore who did the majority of the pre-season scoring only to find himself on the bench - but Martin Laursen had to come off at half time due to feeling sick.
The official site says that both should be fit for next Saturday's game against Newcastle at St James Park.
Martin O'Neill explained:
'Both Martin and John Carew came down with the illness on Friday night, but the pair of them were determined to play. John managed the whole 90 minutes, but it was clear Martin couldn't continue at half-time and believe me it takes something bad to keep Martin Laursen out of a game.'
I'm glad that it was sickness that stopped Laursen coming out for the second half as most of us feared he'd got another injury and the towering defender doesn't deserve anymore bad luck. Also good to hear that The Hulk was also not well as his performance was certainly under par.
There are also rumours circulating that Mark Delaney is set to announce his retirement due to his continued struggle with a knee injury. Lets hope these rumours are unfounded and that he is soon back in action.
Date:Sunday August 12 2007
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