INJURIES can be the cruellest thing in football and I felt for Matt Kilgallon at the weekend, injuring his ankle only a fortnight after breaking back into the first-team picture at Sunderland.
He was so far out in the wilderness before Martin O’Neill arrived that I’d almost forgotten he was still here.
But the new manager brought him back on the bench with Sunderland suffering a shortage of centre-halves and he got his big chance in the New Year’s Day game against Manchester City when Wes Brown limped off.
He played well in what turned out to be a famous victory over City and he didn’t let anyone down in subsequent victories over Wigan and Peterborough.
His luck ran out though when he fell awkwardly on his ankle just before half-time at Chelsea and Fernando Torres trod on it.
I gather the injury might not be too bad. I hope not.
But on such moments your season can turn. Michael Turner came on for Matt and did very well. Titus Bramble and Wes Brown might also not be too far away from pushing for their places back. So Matt, having taking his opportunity with both hands and through no fault of his own, might find it a real challenge getting back into the side.
Read more in tonight’s Sunderland Echo.