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9th December 2013
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Poland's national team goalkeeper will be out for six weeks due to a broken hand

The Southampton goalkeeper broke his hand during a Premier League game against Chelsea (lost by the Saints 1-3), which means Artur Boruc could be out for as long as six weeks recovering from the injury. 

Artur Boruc

Some say it’s perfect timing for Mr Boruc, as during the last few weeks he has made some serious blunders, and now he will have time to recover from them psychologically.

It all started at the beginning of November, when just 13 seconds after the referee blew the first whistle in a match against Stoke, the opposition keeper put the ball past the Polish goalie into the back of the net.

Such goals happen very rarely and are often blamed on the keeper that let it happen. This time most pundits blamed the defenders, who just stood there observing the ball and called the goal “a fluke.” Ultimately the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

But Mr Boruc couldn’t escape the blame after the game against Arsenal at the end of November. The Polish goalkeeper tried to dribble past Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud in his own penalty area, only to be robbed by the French striker who flicked a shot into an empty net for the opening goal (Arsenal won the game 2-0). The series of fumbles earned him the nickname “prince of clowns.”

Despite such blunders, Mr Boruc remained Southampton’s starting goalkeeper, mostly because the team’s reserve goalie, Kelvin Davis, is also sidelined with an injury (the team’s third keeper, Argentinian Paulo Gazzaniga will most likely deputize for Mr Boruc).

Nevertheless, the Polish keeper is highly regarded by the club’s managerial staff and is one of the reasons why the Saints are performing better than expected this season so far (currently in seventh position in the Premier League table). It looks like a short break can only do the Polish international good giving him time to calm his nerves and come back with a vengeance.

Jacek Ciesnowski

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