Just another pretty standard week in the world of the Northern Ireland national team. One of our forwards is thinking about moving clubs to make sure he plays more and another is battling injury problems.
In the aftermath of Rangers’ Old Firm victory over Celtic, David Healy has relieved that he may be forced to leave the Ibrox club and go further afield. Speaking to The Belfast Telegraph, the all-time leading goalscorer for Northern Ireland, one of the senior players who negotiated the 75% wage reduction at Rangers, hasn’t featured for the club recently due to a clause in his contract that will see his wages rise should he make any appearance for the club.
Ultimately, a move for Healy to somewhere where he will get much more playing time is key at this stage in his career. Though an argument could be made for him to no longer be involved in the international set-up given his advancing years, Healy is a very good player to have on the bench, as well as in and around the squad.
Burnely striker Martin Paterson missed much of the Christmas and New Year period with a serious thigh problem and was then struck down with a hamstring injury in January when playing against Middlesborough. Just last week he told Burnley’s official website, that given his injury problems he won’t be back to his best before next season. This week, the 24 year-old limped out of Saturday’s 5-1 win over Portsmouth with another hamstring problem and with definitely miss tomorrow’s clash with Birmingham City. Poor chap.
In other news, Jonny Evans looks set to sign a new contract with Manchester United. The young centre-back, who has been a feature of Sir Alex Ferguson’s defence since Nemanja Vidic was ruled out for the season through injury, is reportedly going to be offered a five year deal according to Goal.com.