Liverpool fans will be disappointed to learn that midfielder Joe Allen will be lost for the season to undergo shoulder surgery. But Anfield supporters will probably also have a newfound respect for Allen after learning he battled through the pain of the injury for nearly five months to stay on the pitch.
Joe Allen is scheduled to have surgery this week on a shoulder injury that will sideline the Liverpool and Wales midfielder for the rest of the season.
The 23-year-old suffered a recurrence of the problem in October but played on for Brendan Rodgers's team to delay an anticipated lay-off of three months.
According to Matt Law of the Mirror, "Liverpool kept Joe Allen’s shoulder injury a secret for five months to stop him being targeted."
Allen also had to withdraw from the Wales team just ahead of a pair of World Cup qualifying matches against Scotland and Croatia.
You have to respect a player who is willing to play through pain and try to gut it out for the majority of a season. Even his decision to undergo the surgery now is admirable, as Allen wants to ensure he will be fit to start next season.
Allen has appeared in 37 games for the Reds this year, scoring two goals. However, Allen's forte has never been scoring, but rather in moving the ball through the midfield with accurate passing and a deft touch.
According to WhoScored.com, Allen has averaged 51.7 passes during the Premier League season and has a pass success percentage of 89.7. Allen may not have the most flair on the pitch, but he's a steady distributor and a reliable option for Brendan Rodgers.
Now is the right time for Allen to undergo this surgery. Along with allowing him to return for preseason training over the summer, Liverpool is nine points out of fourth place and very unlikely to qualify for Champions League play next year.
In other words, gutting it out for the rest of the season would essentially be for naught. After five months, I think Allen has gutted it out long enough.