Writing’s on the wall as Woody fails to make cut of 25 …..
The knee injury which has sidelined Jonathon Woodgate since November last year looks set to result in the end of the former England man’s career.
After Harry Redknapp said last week that July was a “make or break” month for his injury prone centre half, he now appears set to omit Woody from his squad of 25 players to be handed to the Premier League by 1st September.
Once that deadline has passed, Woodgate would not be eligible for squad registration for league matches again until the transfer window reopens in January.
He was back running again at the start of pre season training and there looked to be hope, but he has spent most sessions working away from the rest of the squad and Redknapp said last night: “Jonathan will not be fit for the start of the season. “He’s in a position where he can’t train or kick a ball.”
With Champions League football on the way, Redknapp will want a squad of players who he considers fit and reliable and unfortunately he will not see Woodgate in that bracket.
With no sign of a return in the near future, you would expect an announcement from the club or player in the coming weeks.
Whatever he decides, I’m sure all supporters will wish him well.
Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp has distanced himself from reports linking the club with a bid for Manchester City target James Milner.
Redknapp was thought to be monitoring City’s progress with the player but when asked by Sky Sports News, he said :
“No, we wouldn’t be able to.
“Anybody would like James Milner, he’s an outstanding young player, but he’d be way out of our depth.”
Redknapp was also linked with Milner’s Villa teammate Ashley Young at the weekend but quashed that speculation aswell by saying :
“Again, I wouldn’t think they’d want to sell Ashley Young.
“He is a good player but he belongs to Villa. We’ve not made any enquiries for him at all.”