DAVID WOODS COLUMN: Howe should replace Wenger, Pellegrini to Chelsea still on

FOOTBALLERS are worth tens of millions, yet we still have incidents like the one involving Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Tuesday.

Who was surprised to find out Arsenal’s England star damaged ligaments in his high-impact collision with Javier Mascherano?

Yet he carried on playing in the first half and even came out for the second before coming off after five minutes. Surely that must have made the injury worse.

It seems crazy clubs do not have state-of-the-art medical equipment to make quick diagnoses of injuries or, at least, adopt a safety-first approach.

Ben Dinnery, who runs the website premierinjuries.com said: “You have to wonder why Premier League clubs don’t encorporate a medical centre in their stadiums.

“Even if it would cost £2m-£3m a year to run that pales into insignificance with losing a player, who is being paid £150,000 to £200,000 a week, for longer than you needed to.”

You sense one day football will look back on this ‘run it off lad’ approach as something from the Dark Ages.

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