Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dailly's an Expert on Injuries

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dailly's an Expert on Injuries

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Byline: By Alastair Gilmour

West Ham utility man Christian Dailly feels some sympathy towards Newcastle United.

He knows what it's like to be on an injury list only too well and what it's like to be out of action for months.

Three plates in his skull held by 12 screws, a broken nose, smashed teeth, broken ribs, a collapsed lung, various knee injuries and numerous strains have taken far too much down-time out of the 32-year-old's career.

"That's what you get for being stupid enough to make challenges," he says.

He is also acquainted with the frustration of a substitute's role ( if he could even get that far.

It's fair to say Dailly's international and Premiership courses have diversed to such an extent that he is looking forward to his 64th game for Scotland against World Cup finalists France next month, yet is struggling to claim a place on the West Ham bench.

It's not through lack of application, either.

He had fought his way back from injury during West Ham's match to the FA Cup Final in May and played in that memorable match, so he was entitled to expect he was on a roll.

"Then I got myself really fit during the summer and it's Sod's Law that I broke two ribs in a pre-season friendly in Sweden," he says.

"It would be nice to get a run of games. It's quite a tall order to concentrate on training when you know you won't be playing. All footballers just want to play football.

"But the manager (Alan Pardew) knows I'll keep my professional head on and come in and do a good job when I'm called for.

"I was an important part of the West Ham team under Glenn Roeder and he made me club captain, but while you've been out injured the team can change.

"Glenn has taken to management well and it was no surprise to me when he took over at Newcastle. He's a great coach and a good man. …

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