Friday, July 21, 2006

Bent out after sandwich accident

There were fears that Darrent Bent could miss the start of Charlton's season after a freak accident while making a sandwich. It's a bit reminiscent of Fish falling through a coffee table, an accident from which he never fully recovered, although in that case the Springbok could have been sampling his collection of fine wines.

The Addicks were said to be worried their star striker could be out for up to six weeks after suffering the injury as he chopped onions and bread to make a sandwich at home. The injury could rule him out of England's friendly against Greece at Old Trafford on August 16. He was thought unlikely to make Charlton's open fixtures against the Irons, Manchester United and Bolton. However, the latest word is that Darren will appear against Millwall tomorrow with a bandaged hand.

There were fears that he had severed a tendon as he cut open a finger with the knife during his kitchen mishap. Those fears have been allayed but there were still concerns about the depth of the wound. And Bent has had his arm strapped up to allow the injury to heal.

Speaking at yesterday's community event at Sparrows Lane, the striker said, 'I had a kitchen accident. I just cut it when I was making a sandwich. I don't even know what kind of sandwich it was. I didn't get to try it.'

Although he is was in training yesterday the club are particularly anxious about the impact that a collision in a pre-season game could have on the ex-Ipswich star. The Addicks are also worried about the repercussions if a collision during a game caused Bent to fall on his arm and aggravate the injury.

The Greece friendly was widely seen as a chance for Bent to break into the England picture under McClaren after being snubbed for the World Cup by Sven Goran Eriksson despite 22 goals last season.

Perhaps the club needs to provide some training on kitchen safety! What this scare reveals is that we still have a lack of strength up front. Should Bent not be available, I would favour Marcus Bent, but I suspect it will be a case of 'Step forward, super Kevin Lisbie.'


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