Four months out for Fulham's Zamora
Published : 11 Sep 2010 23:24:53
Bobby Zamora appears destined to be prevented from earning a second England cap, as he faces four months out with a broken ankle. Zamora, 29, suffered the injury after a challenge from Karl Henry as Fulham defeated Wolves 2-1 in the Premier League. "If the injury is as we think it is, it's likely to be four months," said Mark Hughes, the Cottagers manager. "If the surgeon goes in and finds other damage rather than just the break, which is four centimetres above his ankle, it will be even longer than that. The four months looks like a minimum." Zamora made his Three Lions debut in August, in the friendly win over Hungary, but missed the European Championship qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland. England host Montenegro next month and France in October. Zamora would have been in contention for a starting place in both games, especially with Jermain Defoe already ruled out due to an ankle injury. Even a return to club football in four months would leave him struggling to impress in time for inclusion in the squad that will head to Wales at the end of February. "Bobby had got to a point where he was playing at a high level and producing week-in, week-out. He would be honest enough to admit he hasn't been able to maintain that level of performance over long periods during his career," he added. "But he's reached that point so to be taken out of top level football for four months is a real disappointment for him and us."