Back fractures to keep American out until April
The American will not require surgery but there is no definite timescale on his recovery either given the nature of his job as a goalkeeper and the greater impact that diving has on the spine.
The Guardian quote David Moyes as saying: "Tim is out against Wigan. He has broken two bones in his back. We don't think he will be out for the season.
"I read that [Newcastle's Fabricio] Coloccini could be out for seven weeks [with a similar injury] but we are not sure how long Tim will be out for because, obviously with a goalkeeper, he has to dive around and hit the ground.
"I have let him go away for a few days. It might be that, if everything goes well, he misses next week's game as well and then because of the international break he might be close after the rest because that would be four weeks."
That would mean Howard could be pencilled in for the home game against Stoke City on 30th March, though his manager remains cautious.
"He has two fractures," Moyes continued, "but they are not bones that are supporting anything. It is off the spine. They are not weight-bearing. It just needs a bit of healing time. It is not like a pure fracture where you need to wait to look at it.
"It is a question of whether he can cope with the pain. The bones will heal themselves but it's not good."
Howard was on course to break Neville Southall's record of consecutive League starts for Everton but fell a handful of games short at 206 when he missed the clash with Reading last weekend. It was the first Premier League game he had failed to start in over five years.
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489 Posted 09/03/2013 at 00:20:31
494 Posted 09/03/2013 at 00:45:47
498 Posted 09/03/2013 at 02:17:30
Big chance for Mucha now though.
499 Posted 09/03/2013 at 02:12:18
500 Posted 09/03/2013 at 02:25:56
502 Posted 09/03/2013 at 02:36:03
505 Posted 09/03/2013 at 02:58:00
507 Posted 09/03/2013 at 04:50:19
521 Posted 09/03/2013 at 07:59:29
522 Posted 09/03/2013 at 08:06:01
Mucha regardless of the puns is not a Prem goalie and I think we will do even better to keep clean sheets in the next month now. Some big games coming up so I hope I'm wrong............
541 Posted 09/03/2013 at 09:22:51
550 Posted 09/03/2013 at 09:55:18
Their goalkeeper blatantly baulked Howard by having both arms above his head and just jumping into him.
Howard was furious as he walked off at the end.
I often think Goalkeepers are given too much protection but it was not in evidence during that incident which was a throwback to the Nat Lofthouse days and the neck injury to Bert Trautmann.
I just hope that Mucha can dominate the box and not stay rooted to his line for crosses.
My God Im worried about Heitinga and now Mucha
551 Posted 09/03/2013 at 10:06:07
559 Posted 09/03/2013 at 10:22:51
Or Dai "The Drop" Davies!!!! AAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!
562 Posted 09/03/2013 at 10:31:43
I would be doubtful at him being (no pun intended) back fully fit in 4 weeks. More like 6 minimum if my experience is anything to go by.
PS I've broken pretty much everything (arms/legs/nose/ribs/cheekbone/knee/thumbs/fingers etc) and doing your back really effin' hurts!
563 Posted 09/03/2013 at 10:36:17
564 Posted 09/03/2013 at 10:33:03
Mucha as an opportunity to prove himself now, with a run of games. Everyone slated him as crap, but let's not forget his performances for his country. He is a really good shot stopper, doesn't conceded daft goals, and doesn't sit behind his goaline like howard tends to do, and he isn't a flapper at crosses either.
Due to Moyes favouritism with clumbsy Howard, Mucha as never really stood a chance, and that must be extremely demoralising. Everyone is entitled to make a mistake, but Howard seems to make far too many of them, and I have been hoping for his replacement. I just hope Mucha can prove to be better, which shouldn't be that difficult.
I have never really rated Howard. United let him go, because he wasn't good enough, we got him because we needed a keeper and had no money.
566 Posted 09/03/2013 at 10:37:50
569 Posted 09/03/2013 at 10:47:27
571 Posted 09/03/2013 at 10:52:27
You ever met Jimmy Sorheim? if not I think you would get on like a house on fire.
572 Posted 09/03/2013 at 10:57:51
Cheers - Here's to your knees ;-)
575 Posted 09/03/2013 at 11:01:22
584 Posted 09/03/2013 at 11:48:17
590 Posted 09/03/2013 at 12:17:51
595 Posted 09/03/2013 at 12:30:11
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