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Salmon laments pitches in SA

2010-10-13 13:36

Johannesburg - SuperSport United's battering ram Glen Salmon believes the playing surfaces in South Africa have compounded his injury woes.

The striker is sidelined with a right knee problem and his long-term prognosis remains uncertain due to chronic tendinitis.

"I've never had this before and it is caused by overuse I am told," Salmon told the PSL's official website.

"I'm training on my own and doing different exercises so as to not aggravate it further. It is very frustrating as I want to play but unfortunately I can't, doctor's orders."

"In Europe the fields are better maintained and not as hard as the turf we play on here. I think it added to my knee injury. I have strong legs and am used to playing with a defender on my back, so I am used to that but ja, it started last season and I must rest for a while now," he added.

The 32-year old is out of action for an indefinite period and he admits this has left him and his manager feeling disgruntled.

"It's frustrating more than anything else. The coach wants me to play and he always asks how I am doing and when I will come back. He is also frustrated but unfortunately we cannot rush this," he said.

After a long break, Matsatsantsa resume Premiership action on Saturday with an away trip to the Moses Mabhida Stadium where they will face AmaZulu. 

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Comments
  • Jimmy Jump - 2010-10-13 13:46

    Glen you finished, just retire you old man, The pitches that we have are the best in Africa and i believe top 10 in the world dont know what you smoking. Messie was always diving in those pitches

  • Gee - 2010-10-13 13:51

    Soft!!!

  • European - 2010-10-13 13:58

    As if you the only person playing on that surface. We have hundreds of players in PSL sustaining no injury for seasons playing in SA pitches. Go for trials in Andora or somewhere and leave our pitches.

  • Nitro - 2010-10-13 14:00

    So wear-n-tear on that old body (I mean at 32 you're not exactly a spring-cricket) after years of service in the equally tough Dutch league can't be the reasons?? It has to be the SA pitches?? Funny enough your team's home pitch at the Atteridgeville's Super Stadium was considered by many punters (including the FIFA inspection team) to be the best in the country... Considering you play 50% of your matches there i'd say it throws your argument out the window....

  • Rhorhwesikhuni - 2010-10-13 14:16

    Hayi maan Glen Salmon. What are you talking about, why are you the only one who has a problem with hard pitches? Go to Europe then if you feel they have better pitches, or retire, sukusigezela maan.

  • thabo mofutsanya - 2010-10-13 14:19

    I never thought I'd see the day when I support Jimmy Jump but I could not have said it better myself. Glen is over the cliff, time to hang your boots mate. hope you have other ventures on the side (clinging on for dear life like that)

  • Glen Salmon - 2010-10-13 14:24

    This man is too old he must blame his management for not building him his own stadium to play in his too soft.

  • Teboho Twala - 2010-10-13 14:29

    As much as i symphathise with Glen, i'd also like to differ with him when it comes to our pitches. He's definetly saying that he wont play for the national team becoz if he were to be selected, he will only be able to play the home based or European games. I think the fact that this is a recurring injury, simply tells us that it has gotten worse over time and it can not be attrinuted to our pitches. its a convenient excuse!!!

  • JJ - 2010-10-13 14:37

    "In Europe the fields are better maintained and not as hard as the turf we play on here. I think it added to my knee injury." Out of over 540 registered players in the PSL "YOU are the only one feeling the hardness of our fields" i think the problem is that your PATELLAS need some overhauling.

  • Jones - 2010-10-13 14:58

    Glen man just admit that your over the hill. You played on these before you went to europe and do not sustain any injuries before. Ag sies man go and play in europe, we are sick tired of players like you who go to europe and then come back & complain everything here. The Robinhos, kakas, Robben i mean world class players played on this field and they never complain, who do you think you are?

  • Jones - 2010-10-13 14:59

    Glen man just admit that your over the hill. You played on these before you went to europe and do not sustain any injuries before. Ag sies man go and play in europe, we are sick tired of players like you who go to europe and then come back & complain everything here. The Robinhos, kakas, Robben i mean world class players played on this field and they never complain, who do you think you are?

  • jackey - 2010-10-13 16:07

    "Chalky Bones" are considered a sign of old age...Maybe a dose of Caltrate will do the trick so stop moaning our retire !!!!!

  • Siya - 2010-10-13 16:11

    hamba kahle Glen we glen Glen omdala

  • mohau - 2010-10-13 18:26

    typical foreigner,ungrateful. Go back Zimbabwe.

  • clint - 2010-10-13 21:26

    Having competed nationally in both SA and NZ I do admit that SA's turf is much different to the rest of the world. From NZ hero to SA fail I understand more than most the difference but; at the top level: do it or don't and you can't blame the conditions.

  • grant9 - 2010-10-14 04:05

    If our pitches were bad there would have been nemerous complaints before. Look how the winging poms have complained about the pitches in India and Pakistan yet nothing about SA pitches. I don't claim to be an expert but alltold, I think our groundsmen are doing a top-job. Why kick them in the teeth just because you're getting old Mr Salmon? One commentator infers you're Rhodesian. If so, don't let the side down - ask yourself : What would Mike Procter have done in this situation?

  • Sphesihle - 2010-10-14 08:29

    Mr Glen Salmon, please go back overseas and stop telling us this nonsense. Man get used to the idea that you are old , don't come here and blame our stadia

  • MrFantastic - 2010-10-14 09:18

    Forgive him people!!!!!!You know that OLD people just talk...They also day dreaming: like he want the overseas-pitch..how can he go there where he has only scored 3 goal...Lixoleleni ikhehla PLZ

  • Billy - 2010-10-14 09:42

    Why then don't you go back to Europe? Too old, I guess! Just retire and stop moarning like an old lady without teeth!

  • mbodla - 2010-10-14 10:33

    Mr Salmon u have two options here. One, retire and consider a career in Bowling, it does not take much strain on one's knees. Two, go to Europe where the turfs are soft for your liking.

  • @grant9 - 2010-10-14 11:27

    If I place my tongue between my bottom lip and teeth and try to talk I imagine that is how grant9 would sound if he were to talk normally. Grant9, you dumb f*^k, the article is about soccer, not cricket. Maybe you shouldn't be posting comments at 4 in the morning!

  • Mbuyi "Sekunjalo" - 2010-10-14 11:33

    Glen here in Sa you either behave or you jump, what is it that you have done that should distinguish you as a star. We has players from all parts of the world for the world cup & they applauded our pitches, some even said that Fnb stadium was one of the best pitches they have ever played in. Wena you come with your mambo jumbo stories because you are bitter old man who doesn't have what it takes to play soccer, you have made your money overseas just retire of go build soccer pitches in your native Zimbabwe, I am sure they would chase you out Zim because of your ignorance & arrogance.

  • mano mano - 2010-10-14 15:30

    I find the comments of Mr. Salmon hard to conceive, he is the same man who went to MultiChoice and highlighted that whites and coloureds are discriminated against in SA soccer, realising that he did not get any support on the subject of racism he has concorted the not so properly maintained pitches in SA. Simply put, the lawns that we have even in the country are not the same and again, in Europe there is a preference to water the lawn before the game. Come on Mr. Salmon, you are a grown up

  • Tommy1 - 2010-10-14 16:11

    GLEN ; YOU ARE A NKOMO. Why dont you concentrate on football instead of talking about our pitches. Try scoring some goals or retire and live happily ever after with MINA MOO and you can keep grazing our beautiful grass in MZANZI. You footballers dont get offered contracts in europe anymore as the clubs are quick to see that you have past your shelf live,then you run to MZANZI and get to play a few more years and milk more money for yourself. You have the nerve to COMPLAIN when you are hear out of generosity by a few clubs that wanted A OLD COW in there structures.If you cannot do your job then please shut up or get out of the psl.

  • Zeeman - 2010-10-15 11:47

    Salmon wa hlanya period. We had oversees players who came and played here and never once complain. What is special about you? Retire

  • MOSK - 2010-10-15 11:59

    ...he must just go ., andt take Mr Hunt with

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