JACK RODWELL is facing the prospect of not playing for Everton again this season after pulling up with yet another hamstring injury.
The 21-year-old has already missed a large chunk of the current campaign with the problem, and has barely featured for his club since starring for England in November.
David Moyes had already suspected the midfielder’s problem was deep-rooted, and his latest setback – suffered in training at the weekend – has confirmed those fears.
Now the Blues plan to send Rodwell to see renowned German specialist Doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt to find a solution once and for all, but the doctor’s limited availability means time is running out for the player to recover and play a part in the season’s run-in.
“He did it in training Saturday morning,” said Moyes. “We had him scanned and he’s got a grade one which is only small but it’s still the third time he’s done it.
“I don’t know exactly how long were looking at or what treatments we’ll try to get him to. But the doctor is busy. He’s away this week and he’s also the Bayern Munich doctor so he is busy the week after. In the short term we won’t be seeing him soon.”
If Rodwell cannot recover over the remaining weeks of this campaign, Moyes admitted he would prefer him to prioritise concentrating on getting fully fit, rather than playing for England in the Euro 2012 tournament, or for Great Britain in the London Olympics.
He added: “I’d prefer him to get fit and sorted in summer because he’s probably missed six months with hamstring injuries, and we need to get him doing whatever work he needs to do to stop it.”
At least the Toffees can hope for a successful outcome after Rodwell has flown to Germany. Dr Müller-Wohlfahrt has treated Jürgen Klinsmann, Ronaldo and Jonathan Woodgate and other sportsmen and women such as Paula Radcliffe, Kelly Holmes, and Usain Bolt.
He is an expert at hamstring problems, and has even helped Australian rules footballers Max Rooke and Mark Coughlan with chronic hamstring injuries.