The news yesterday that Cameron Carter Vickers will require three or four months before we see him near the first team was, I presume, supposed to be a giant shock. It wasn’t.
Anyone who knows anything about knee operations would have known that it was going to be something like that. The club would have known it was going to be something like that.
Obviously, we want him back as soon as possible, but the media is trying to rattle us here and we should not become rattled.
There are two upsides to this.
The first is that there will almost certainly be a central defensive signing in the summer, and probably a very good one, although we’ve got decent options there. The second is that there is virtually no chance of Carter Vickers being the target of a summer move.
That will prevent some of the crazier rumours.
My supporters bus guys have just taken our votes for Player of the Year, and Cameron Carter Vickers looks as if he has come out on top. Our nomination will go to the Association along with all the other buses.
He deserves our nod.
Too often it is the strikers and the attacking players who get the awards and I think he’s going to end up in the final three.
We will miss him if he’s not there for the start of pre-season, but we do have plenty of time.
The big guy stands a good chance, and even if he’s not there for the kick-off I suspect he’ll not be out for much longer than that. Our sports science people are getting very good and he’s a big strong lad who loves being out on the pitch.
As I said at the weekend, there’s an argument for saying that he’s the manager’s most significant signing. His impact on the team has been momentous. We paid big money for him, but he has been worth every single penny of it.
Get well soon, and be back in the team quickly big guy.