Nine players forgotten due to long-term injuries: Wickham, Mings, Barkley
Football is a cutthroat industry, and a player can quickly get overtaken if he is out of form or fitness.
We’ve taken a look at nine players who have become forgotten men at their clubs due to spells on the sidelines.
Adam Lallana has suffered plenty from injury woe, going from one of the most important players for club and country to having to settle for a place on the bench for both.
The midfielder should spare a thought for his team-mate, however, as Clyne is now an outsider to make England’s World Cup squad after suffering a back injury on the eve of the current season.
There remains hope for the right-back, who is in contention to make his first appearance of the season at Crystal Palace.
We had genuinely forgotten about Wickham, a man who last played in November 2016 before rupturing his cruciate in a nine-goal thriller at Swansea City.
In October 2017, Wickham was said to be two months away from returning, but he is still to make his comeback, and Roy Hodgson told the Croyden Advertiser the striker had broken down in training.
“He’s always fighting, or was always fighting the medical and sports science people that he can do more and he should be at a different level and should be in with the U23s playing already,” he said.
Amid all the chaos surrounding the perma-crisis of Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, it’s hard not to yearn for the calming presence of of Cazorla in central midfield could have done for everyone at the Emirates.
We’ve not seen Cazorla take the field since October 2016 and he is not targeting a comeback until 2019. We just want to see him back on the pitch one more time.
Few players have had such rotten luck as Mings in recent years.
Only six minutes into his Premier League debut for Bournemouth, the defender suffered a serious knee injury which kept him out for around a year. And after three appearances this season, the 24-year-old has been kept out with a back injury which required him to receive treatment in Qatar.
Stop him if you can…
— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) March 22, 2018
Marney may be one of the less glamorous names at Burnley, having been with the club since 2010, but he was a near ever-present in the Premier League, often preferred ahead of Steven Defour, before a serious injury last year.
The midfielder is yet to play this season but, after stepping up his recovery with Burnley’s Under-23s this week, has shown he still likes to keep close acquaintances with referees.
89’ Dean Marney is shown a red card seemingly for dissent. 3-1
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) March 26, 2018
Barkley has managed the impressive feat of becoming the forgotten man at two clubs this season, meaning he has also become ignored at international level.
The midfielder ended his Everton career ravaged by injury and has only played three times at Chelsea amid further fitness problems.
I actually forgot Ross Barkley was even at Chelsea – he hasn’t been given a chance at all 🙇🏽
— ConteTweets (@ConteTweetss) March 25, 2018
At the start of 2017-18, Mendy was everybody’s new favourite footballer. The France international seemed set to star down the left flank for Manchester City, while he had the personality to match the performances.
The 23-year-old has failed to appear since a suffering a knee injury in his fourth appearance, but has rarely been missed, mostly thanks to the versatility of Fabian Delph and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
He has also lost his tag as the most expensive defender of all time to Virgil van Dijk.
Ramiro Funes Mori
There’s a genuine chance Funes Mori may have been forgotten by Everton. The defender has not played for the first team for 12 months due to a knee injury, but is now back fit.
He’s still getting called up to the Argentina squad – bloody hell – but tried to engineer a move back to River Plate this year due to worries he will miss the World Cup this summer.
Watford have more cause for complaint than most Premier League teams in terms of injuries. Craig Cathcart, Nathaniel Chalobah, Tommie Hoban, Will Hughes, Gerard Deulofeu and Miguel Britos have all faced lengthy spells on the sideline this term.
Kaboul has only taken to the field twice amid a host of different injury issues, with one fan even asking on Twitter: “Is Younes Kaboul still alive or a figment of our imaginations?”