Last year footy-boots.com raised questions about the banning of bladed football boots, if only to protect our national team stars from the dreaded metatarsal injury that has hampered preparations for the previous two World Cup campaigns as well as Euro 2004.
The hairline fracture Rooney sustained yesterday following an innocuous challenge by Reading’s Adidas +Predator Absolute wearing defender Michael Duberry. The injury occurred whilst Rooney was wearing Nike’s lightweight Total 90 Laser football boots. However hard pitches and a more intensive training regime have also been cited as a reason for the spate of foot fractures in recent years.
As footy-boots.com discussed last year, the regularity of this type of injury has coincided with the introduction of the bladed football boot. Sir Alex Ferguson must be pulling his hair out again, and as a critic of bladed football boots, he bans his players from wearing them.
Rooney’s foot injury nightmare began at Euro 2004, during the quarter final against host nation Portugal. Following his first metatarsal injury, Nike remodelled the design, giving more protection to the front area of the foot. The result was the Nike Air Zoom Total Supremacy. However, only four days later Rooney second metatarsal injury struck at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea, leaving him with little time to recover for last year’s World Cup in Germany.
Rooney will join Newcastle’s Joey Barton on the sidelines; Barton fracturing metatarsals in a pre-season friendly at Carlisle, whilst wearing Rooney’s football boot of choice, the Nike T90 Laser. Depending on which paper you read, Rooney could be out for anything between two and three months, ruling him out of the potentially decisive Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel and Russia at Wembley next month.
Football boot brands are producing often fantastic looking, lightweight football boots!but should they be focusing more on protecting the players’ tools of the trade!.their feet. Rooney’s latest injury means this debate has reared its head again!