Shay Given's Career in the Balance Due To Recurrence of Shoulder Injury

True BlueCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2011

There are some unconfirmed reports that Shay Given will be forced to retire from football after a recurrence of a shoulder injury that dates back several years.

Given is due to see a specialist with the expectation of a third operation being required to permanently cure the persistent dislocations that the Irish shot-stopper has be plagued by.

There is a feeling, however, that the operation to cure the dislocation problem may well also limit the mobility in the joint, and mean that Given may have no option but to retire.

The innocuous knock that led to the most recent shoulder problem is also a concern as the joint was apparently under no major stress at the time of it dislocating.

However there is also some hope that with only limited restriction to the joint Given could easily continue to perform at the highest level. Given's hopes of a move to another club now seem out of the question with no club likely to take such a major risk on his future fitness.

But for Manchester City fans this could be better news. If the operation is successful enough to allow him to continue playing it would likely mean he remains at City as back-up to Joe Hart. 

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