Liverpool fitness coach hits out at Fabio Capello after Steven Gerrard injury
Liverpool conditioning coach Darren Burgess launched a Twitter attack on the England set-up last night for breaking an “agreement” over Steven Gerrard’s fitness.
The midfielder has been ruled out for up to a month after picking up a hamstring injury in the closing minutes of England’s defeat to France. Burgess claimed this went against an arrangement that Gerrard would be withdrawn after an hour.
“Completely amateurish and now we pay for their incompetence. Absolutely disgraceful. Unbelievable from all associated with England and English FA with regards to SG’s injury. Completely ignored agreement and past history.”
The comments were later deleted from Burgess’ Twitter account.
Capello acknowledged that he had arranged to substitute Gerrard after an hour at Liverpool’s request, but said the final decision was his not the clubs.
He said: “We spoke with Steve and said he would play one hour, but after Gareth Barry’s injury we had some problems. That was the reason he stayed on the pitch.
“If it’s possible, the players will play the time we agreed with the club. But Barry was really injured so we needed someone senior on the pitch because it was a really young team.
“He said he was good so, for that reason, it’s good. We’re upset about what happened to Steve, of course.
“They (Liverpool) asked that he can play one hour if it’s possible. If it’s possible. They can’t decide how long a player plays with the national team. If it’s possible, he’d have played an hour.
“I understand why they’re upset, and I’m also upset. The problem is that, when you play this game on Wednesday after a lot of Premier League, Europa League or Champions League games, it’s possible there might be an injury for a player.”
Manchester United and Manchester City can testify to that too. Rio Ferdinand and Gareth Barry will both return to their clubs with injuries too.
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