Everton vs. Arsenal: Jack Rodwell's Hamstring Injury Hurts the Toffees

Jessica MarieCorrespondent IIMarch 21, 2012

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Jack Rodwell of Everton looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Everton at The Hawthorns on January 1, 2012 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Everton's Jack Rodwell suffered his fifth hamstring injury of the season ahead of Wednesday's match against Arsenal, and suddenly, Everton's chances of winning are slim.

And now, Rodwell's chances of making England's Euro 2012 squad might be too.

Rodwell previously underwent an extensive rehab program designed to heal his injuries for good, but a recurrence knocked him out of an FA quarterfinals match against Sunderland and is likely to keep him out of Wednesday's match against Arsenal.

Whether this hurts Rodwell's chances of being included on the Euro 2012 squad this summer remains to be seen, but at this point, it looks likely.

Everton assistant manager Steve Round told the Guardian's Andy Hunter that he is slightly concerned about the injury and that it might have something to do with the nervous system, since the injuries are never in the same spot. The team is currently looking into the matter.

When questioned about the Arsenal match, Round added:

At a push, he could be involved against Arsenal but we owe it to him to make sure that we're doing the right thing. Maybe just giving him an extra week at this stage is the smart thing to do. It may be that a summer's rest or an injection into a nerve helps to get the inflammation down.

A summer's rest, of course, would mean no Euro 2012, which is the right move for Rodwell's long-term health. Recurring injuries like this won't go away unless you allow the area to heal by resting. Putting pressure on Rodwell to return only means his chances of returning with his health fully intact are shot.

The right thing to do in this case is to let Rodwell heal until Everton is 100 percent certain he is healthy. Even if that means putting the team's chances of beating Arsenal in jeopardy, having a healthy Rodwell down the line will be better than having a hampered and ineffective Rodwell now.