Date:Monday February 13 2006
Wolverhampton Wanderers injury jinxed Striker Carl Cort looks set for further surgery.
Cort has already missed 3 months of this season after undergoing an operation to clear cartilage debris from his knee.
It was initially thought to be a complete success, but the 27 year old has been feeling discomfort in his knee joint, and now further surgery seems inevitable.
But Cort is prepared to play through the pain barrier to help Wolves faltering promotion push.
Talking to the Express and Star Cort said :
'I'm having better days than others and that probably shows in training because there's been a couple of days when I've had to drop out and be a bit cautious,'
'I think we knew before the operation that it wouldn't get any easier, but it would get to a level where I could perform.
'In terms of it getting better, I don't think that will happen, probably the opposite actually.
'And it's probably only a matter of time before we have to take some more action, but I'm hoping that we can hold off until the end of the season.”
Carl Cort’s career has been plagued by a series of injuries, and his bad luck looks set to continue. But he is trying to stay positive, and goes on to reveal that it’s not the rigours of matchday that are causing the problems, but that he is still cautious regarding the physical nature of competitive action.
'It doesn't really affect me in a match situation, but the only down side is training because there are certain things I would like to do, like extra finishing and sharpness work, that I have to do less of,' he said
'Now it's about getting match fit and getting my confidence back, including the confidence that my knee will get through a bad tackle and hold up when I'm jumping and landing.
'But if I can start scoring again my confidence will double. Scoring goals is what gives a striker confidence.'
With Wolves promotion chances taking a hefty dent at the weekend, and they desperately need everyone to be firing on all cylinders for their remaining fixtures.
And with Jeremie Aliadiere waiting in the wings, Carl Cort’s contribution may soon be restricted to cameo’s from the subs bench.
The arrival of Tomasz Frankowski has meant Cort moving away from his central berth, which many have questioned as he is, and has always been, a straight through the middle striker.
And though he may battle hard, and cover a lot of grass, out wide is never going to play to his strengths.
A sub’s role may also increase the chances of Cort making it to the end of the season, something that is essential given that Leon Clarke is now on loan, and George Ndah is still out injured.
But that would also deny him the opportunity to regain the sharpness that saw him bag 9 goals before injury interrupted his season, a number that still remains the clubs highest haul so far this campaign.
Whatever happens, it seems that once again, just as Wolves need all the luck they can get, fate has decided otherwise. Something Glenn Hoddle will be left to ponder on as he prepares his side to take on Burnley on Tuesday night
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