Unlikely hard-nut Dimitar Berbatov scored late Fulham goal despite broken rib
Given that Dimitar Berbatov traditionally pirouettes around the pitch like he’s auditioning for Swan Lake, it’s easy to jump to the assumption that a broken rib would see him off the pitch quicker than you can say ‘Fergie should have played him more’.
Slapped wrists for us and many others, for Dimi has proved himself an Eastern European equivalent to a bloodied Terry Butcher.
The striker played the whole of the second-half with a suspected broken rib – a tough-as-nails feat topped off with a late goal against relegation candidates Reading. It was a clinical finish amid a frenetic second 45 minutes that saw the game finish in a 3-3 draw at the Madejski Stadium.
Martin Jol – whose rotund physique suggests he knows a thing or two about ribs – revealed Berbatov’s gritty determination after the match.
Jol said: “It was difficult, because I think Berbatov broke his rib. We thought he may come off at half-time, but he had an injection to carry on.”
The in-form forward, who seemingly has the resting heart-rate of a hibernating sloth, currently tops the scoring charts for the west London side. He has slotted (or more likely caressed) in three goals and played a key role in Fulham’s blistering start to the season – one that seems them just two points off the Champions League places.