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Definition of “Transferitis”
—Transferitisian, noun: One who suffers from Transferitis
Add Luis Suarez to the growing list of footballers who have come down with mysterious cases of Transferitis this summer.
Initially scheduled to accompany Liverpool to Norway for Wednesday’s friendly against Oslo side Valerenga, the 26-year-old was pulled out of manager Brendan Rodgers’ traveling contingent at the last minute due to what the club is claiming to be a foot injury.
According to a statement posted on Liverpool’s official website, Suarez will “remain on Merseyside as a precaution following an injury in training [Monday]. He will undergo a scan on his foot later [Tuesday].”
One can only imagine what that scan will reveal.
Suarez, of course, has been the subject of a pair of Arsenal bids over the past few weeks and as far back as June was quoted as saying he’d rather not be a Liverpool player when the 2013-14 campaign began.
He no longer felt “comfortable” at the club, he told reporters (Guardian), and Tuesday’s injury news would seem to indicate that discomfort has manifested itself in his foot.
Just as it has done with Gareth Bale.
In an interview published by Spanish outlet AS on Tuesday, the Welshman’s agent claimed his client was “upset” with Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas, who has so far refused to sanction a world-record transfer to Real Madrid (Standard).
Bale, it turns out, turned up at Spurs’ training ground later the same day and received treatment on an undisclosed foot injury—a knock that follows a strained buttock sustained by the 24-year-old last month.
Perhaps transfer season is the real “squeaky-bum time.”
Finally, Wayne Rooney was left out of the Manchester United squad that traveled to Sweden for Tuesday’s friendly with AIK due to an apparent shoulder injury (Express).
The news came shortly after United received a second offer for the 27-year-old and amid reports he was readying a formal transfer request (Guardian).
Now, no one knows for certain whether he, Bale or Suarez will recover from their ailments in time to represent their current clubs. Transferitis can be like that at times—unpredictable and, apparently, contagious.