Fuller counting his lucky stars
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
National striker Ricardo Fuller is counting his lucky stars, after a scan on his injured right shoulder has revealed that it was not fractured.
The Stoke City player, who is in the island for the Reggae Boyz friendly international match against Trinidad and Tobago at the National Stadium tomorrow, picked up the injury against Newcastle in an English Premier League match two weeks ago.
"The scan showed that I had no damage to any of the ligaments and none of the bones have been bruised or fractured, and so that is a plus for me," said Fuller in an interview with The Gleaner, following a Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) press launch at Cuddy'z Sports Bar in New Kingston on Thursday.
"This is second time lucky for me, because this is same situation I had with my left shoulder 16 months ago," Fuller recalled.
"All the doctor had to do was to put me to sleep and put it back in and it feels good, except for some little aches and pains," he added. "They gave me some painkillers to keep the swelling down and it has been fine ever since."
Recalling how he picked up the injury, Fuller said: "I came on in the last 20 minutes against Blackburn (Rovers) and we won 1-0, but I had to play with a strap to restrict the movements because we don't want it to come out again."
The 30-year-old Fuller, who has scored one goal so far in the Premier League this season, added that he was given two injections prior to his departure from London on Tuesday, which helps the joints to develop blood cells so that the tears in the joints could heal.
"This (injection) should settle about Friday, or the latest Saturday (today) and so, hopefully, I will be fit enough to play on Sunday," Fuller said.
Fuller, who last represented the Reggae Boyz at the 2009 Gold Cup in the United States, has so far netted 11 goals in 60 appearances for Jamaica, and admits that he has always given of his best for national team.
"I have always done the best for the team because football is always about the team," he said.
"If we play as individuals we are going to lose, but if we play as a team, collectively, we stand a better chance of winning, and football is about winning," he stated. "I don't need any motivation to play for my country because that comes straight from my heart."