If he's good enough for Chelsea ...


As sports injuries go, my latest one has run, and run and run. It's been 16 tough months since I last kicked a ball in anger but my meeting with a Harley Street medic has left me feeling rather optimistic.

I walked into his room at rock bottom but walked out of it feeling like a Premiership footballer. Well almost.

Dr Ralph Rogers is confident that a course of injections plus some physio will have me up and running again. Fingers crossed as I've been in constant pain for too long.

No-one in their right mind would befriend someone who is about to stick long needles into them and given my frustrations, there's every chance that insanity might have kicked in. However, Dr Rogers is no ordinary doctor. He works three times a week at Chelsea Football Club and was involved in the medical of £50m striker Fernando Torres. He also has more initials after his name than a Countdown conundrum.

Dr Rodgers is a black Jew born in New Jersey. During our initial consultation, he asked me if I'd heard about that Holy Mount Zion story in the nationals last week. Heard of it?" I replied. "I broke the story."

We exchanged business cards and I got thinking. He's Jewish, he's athletic, he's 6ft-plus. Maybe I should get him to play for my team, North London Raiders. Now that really would be some story. Watch this space ....

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