It's that time of the year when stones dropped into unrelated pools, even Liverpools, have ripples that can have tsunami like consequences. What possible impact can an injury to Steven Gerrard have on our chances of avoiding relegation? Well, of course, we have completed our fixtures with Liverpool so the injury to their midfield general will not benefit us, but they still have to play a number of our rivals who could therefore benefit to the tune of an unanticipated point or three.
The counter balance in the case of Liverpool, of course, is the return to fitness of Carroll and the signing of Saurez. I'm glad we met the Reds when Carroll wasn't ready and Gerrard was clearly struggling. On the other hand, Valencia is on his way back for Man Utd and Nani should be fit for our game with them at Upton Park. Rio also has more recovery time and so could be back to marshal the Mancs defence. Switch the attention to Spurs and they have 10 days free ahead of our battle at White Hart Lane, crucial time to get Van der Vaart and Ledley King fit and ready, amongst others.
There's no point in moaning, of course, it won't change anything, but luck is a factor in where you finish at the end of the season and sometimes, if luck is cruel or kind, it can make the crucial difference. We stayed up in the Great Escape season because we shafted Lady Luck remorselessly (THAT goal at Blackburn, Arsenal's 35 shots but no goals, Big Spam leaving Bolton in the week of our game, Man Utd resting stars in the last game of the season), let's hope that the injury to Gerrard isn't the first evidence of Lady Luck stealing a strap on from the Davids' warehouse in readiness of pay back!