Permanent injury victim Eirik Bakke is crocked once again. Bakke has spent most of the season on loan at Aston Villa where he clocked up 14 games for David O'Leary. However, as soon as it became clear he was to return to Elland Road he picked up a hamstring injury within seven minutes of the start of the next game and was returned to Elland Road injured.
Bakke has recovered from that injury but true to form he has now received another injury in training and is not expected to play for United until March, if he can get into the team by then, of course. But with Eirik's past record forgive me if i don't hold my breath waiting to see him in a white shirt again.
Bakke's, often self-inflicted, injury and off-pitch problems have been well-documented. If he was a TV set he'd have been returned to the retailer as "not fit for the purpose" he was sold. In almost seven years he has made just 180 appearances; 27 of which as a sub. 34 appearances were in Europe. But to put that total in perspective, 46 of the appearances were in just the one Champions League season, 2000-01. He made just 11 appearances in our relegation season due to injuries. In the two seasons since we were relegated he's made four appearances in total.
Norwegian-international Bakke is on hyper-inflated Ridsdale wages and so is not keen to ply his trade any where but Elland Road. He had a chance to move to Everton at the start of the 2004-05 season but said he wanted to stay and help Leeds win promotion, he was then injured almost immediately and played only one game (against Brighton) all season. Doh!
The unexpected return of Bakke from Villa and his unwelcome wages meant that Blackwell had to shelve plans for more signings to bolster the Leeds squad in preparation for the end of season assault on an automatic promotion place.
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