The news Jack Wilshere will miss at least six weeks of the season due to a fractured foot came as little surprise to anybody who knows his injury record, or England's history with media-anointed saviours when it comes to international tournaments.
David Beckham and Wayne Rooney have both faced similar races for fitness ahead of World Cups, and even if Wilshere makes it, he won't arrive with much semblance of form to speak of.
The injury was sustained in a tackle with Denmark's Daniel Agger in midweek, which saw him stretchered off, and then continue playing for another 40 plus minutes before being substituted.
The spike in the story comes via the two clubs of the players involved. While this was simply an aggressive but not illegal challenge from the Dane, the fact it was Agger and Wilshere adds spice to the incident, when it's really not needed.
Wilshere, of Arsenal, and Agger, of Liverpool, find their clubs in a unique situation and mini-rivalry despite their geographical difference.
The two sides are level on points in the Premier League, and can both be considered surprise packages somewhat in the chase for the title. Arsenal knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup, beating them for the second time this season, but the biggest win came for the Merseysiders, a 5-1 mauling last month.
The two teams and sets of fans have been at odds ever since Arsenal tried to sign Luis Suarez, submitting what was seen as a bid of a derogatory nature - £40 million plus £1, in a brazen attempt to trigger the player's release clause last summer, which Liverpool owner John Henry this week admitted he outright ignored despite it's existence.
There has been a lot of to-ing and fro-ing from fans, especially last summer when Arsenal fans lauded their superiority over Liverpool, as a Champions League club, as reason for Luis Suarez to make the switch as it was seen a clear step up, while supporters of the Reds pointed to their own trophy cabinet, and more poignantly, to Arsenal's barren run which is now approaching nine years.
Even with all of that taken into account, is there any need for the glorification of Daniel Agger, shown by countless Liverpool supporters via Twitter yesterday when Jack Wilshere's injury was revealed?
He'll crush your thigh, He'll make Arsenal fans cry, DANIEL AGGER, DANIEL AGGER. Mr. Glass is sad and that's not bad. DANIEL AGGER.. #LFC— Leo. (@LFCLeo96) March 6, 2014
Good work agger putting Wiltshire out for 6 weeks - anything to help us finish above arsenal #LFC— Ashley Andrews (@ash_andrews1) March 6, 2014
LFC (@Mobbydove) March 6, 2014
Daniel Agger injured Jack Wilshere? HAHAHA. That is all. #LFC— Ashley Nibloe (@merchenberg) March 6, 2014
There are countless more. When did a player getting injured become something to celebrate?
Sadly this is the tribal and at times selfish nature of football today. Forget the fact that there's a young player in Wilshere that faces missing out on playing football in April for the third successive season and loses the chance to fairly attempt his personal goals.
Forget the fact Daniel Agger did no such thing as target the midfielder because he plays for a rival club. It's simply been construed that way due to the two players involved. Had Adam Lallana broken his metatarsal in similar circumstances, there would likely not have been a word mentioned - the situation is simply being hijacked by one set fans to beat the other around the head with.
It's important to note that while there were a sizeable number reflecting well-wishes towards Agger for his involvement in the challenge, other Liverpool fans felt like this.
Nor is it just Liverpool fans to behave in this manner. It's a cultural one with regards to football today, where club rivalries and 'banter', arguably the word with the loosest definition in the dictionary nowadays, are prioritised above all others, especially the hopes of the national team.
Arsenal fans themselves have not covered themselves in glory in this regard either, take for instance - their reaction to former player Robin van Persie getting injured for Manchester United at various points this season, a situation which did not directly concern them.
Van Persie is injured haha, call me an arsehole but I hope it's a long one— Arsenal Man (@Arsenal4ever95) September 22, 2013
Arsenal win and RVP is injured ! Best news ever. haha— ▼ΔCΔPZIL▼ (@AcapAFC) September 22, 2013
Again, their are dozens more where those came from. It may just be a by product of social media where fans tweet their thoughts without really thinking, but that would be sidestepping the debate, for these are conversations and views which would instead be had in the pub among fans.
Will it change? This isn't come over as all 'think of the children', or sanctimonious, because nobody likes being preached at on how to support their football team.
Yet somewhere in the line of passionate support and wanting their own team to do well, does wanting others to desperately fail mean fans become unsporting, and in bad taste, and hailing a player who accidentally injured another as a hero - who has had more injury problems of his own than the average player, is just that.
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