Time to question the medical staff
This probably doesn't come as much of a surprise but I read today that Andy Reid will probably miss the rest of the season following an operation to correct a troublesome hamstring injury
. Reid has been plagued with injuries since his move to Tottenham from Nottingham Forest in January 2005, for whom he hardly missed a game.
In most of the games Reid played this season he was often our most influential player and although he has only played one game under Pardew it is a blow that he won't feature again. The club has been hamstrung by hamstrings this season, which in my mind says more about our medical team and training methods particularly I would suggest under Dowie, than anything else. Les Reed also stupidly played the Irishman through injury in December and those 8 games under his leadership will most certainly leave an indelible stain on the history of the club in more ways than one, and none of them good!
Pards was also quoted as saying he brought Reid back too early from injury against Middlesbrough on January 13th, I can only assume under advice from medical staff.
And there I believe lies our problem. There has been a whole catalogue of problems with injuries in recent years, whether they be early retirements, players signed with existing problems or a history of them, niggling injuries such as hamstrings, or simply minor injuries that seemingly last forever. The medical and physio side of the club is one area Pardew has yet to run his broom over and the sooner the better in my mind.