Gaetano Berardi and Matthew Pennington will both probably know the outcome of their injuries today, and hopefully they aren’t as bad as they looked. Berardi has a dislocated his shoulder, we know he will be out for some time. Pennington just about walked off the pitch which is a good sign, but it did look nasty.
Pennington made more clearances in his 63 minutes than any other Championship player over the weekend, let that sink in. The whole team looked a little uneasy until the first goal went in and then we kicked on. Pennington was one of the key players, up against the brute that is Gary Madine and doing well considering the height and power differences. He got his head on everything that came into our box and was a rock at the heart of a defence that is, on paper weaker than last season. He was also very good on the ball and was often seen dribbling past players and playing some nice passes forward.
Gaetano Berardi doesn’t have much luck. I guess the commitment and no holds bar attitude he plays with mean injuries are never too far away. It was only a year ago he hobbled off the pitch on opening day at Queens Park Rangers after picking up and injury. Two or three burst heads via elbows and now a dislocated shoulder to add to that list. The problem for Berardi here will be getting back into the side. Vurnon Anita was very good when he came on and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has also joined the club from Manchester United and will expect to play. Hopefully Berardi can have a fast recovery but you never know how long with an injury such as this.
Hopefully both aren’t as bad as we first thought and both players came come back sooner rather than later.