Date: 16th September 2007 at 8:15pm
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Mikael Silvestre is out until the end of the season due to a cruciate knee ligament injury.

The Frenchman collapsed in great pain after attempting a tackle on Mikel Arteta at Goodison Park yesterday and the nearby players signalled immediately that he must be substituted.

He had been stretchered off and subsequent examinations discovered that he had suffered cruciate knee ligament injury that will rule him out until the end of the season.

You remember Gabriel Heinze? You know, that twat who demanded to leave for Liverpool but got transferred to Real Madrid. Well, he suffered exactly the same injury, at Villarreal, in the middle of September in 2005. And he was a left-back, too.

Is that some kind of curse? I must say we are in trouble now, for though I never considered Silvestre to possess great ability, he would be good cover for the excellent Evra. Now, deprived of him and O’Shea also out injured, we have only Danny Simpson to bring in to play at left-back…
I did not think this area needed strengthening but of course I did not expect that Silvestre would be out for the whole season…

And these knee injuries are getting worrying now: Foster, Park, Solskjaer, Heinze, Silvestre… we must ask: are the medical team doing something very badly? It’s just not normal, like the bloody curse of the metatarsal for English players.

We at Vital United wish Mikael a speedy recovery, I hope we’ll still see him on the pitch in a United shirt, be it next season if it must be.