Following Wayne Rooney’s injury sustained against Fulham, the Professional Footballers Association have opened an investigation into whether or not the Nike SG Pro stud configuration worn by Hugo Rodallega was safe to be worn on the pitch.
Rooney missed England’s World Cup Qualifier against Moldova as a result of the deep gash he sustained when Hugo Rodallega’s Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII cut into his leg. The SG Pro soleplate of Rodallega’s boots is, according to PFA chief Gordon Taylor, now under investigation to determine whether or not the stud configuration is safe.
According to Rooney, the gash was a mere millimeter away from hitting a major artery, a further injury that would’ve kept the T90 Laser IV wearer out for an even longer period of time. If the PFA investigation does reveal that the SG Pro configuration is unfit to be worn on the EPL’s pitches it’ll be a huge blow to Nike who only recently unveiled it. If professionals at the highest level aren’t allowed to wear the configuration, Nike may have to scrap it as a whole, and revert back to the traditional six stud configuration (like the one Rooney was wearing).
Despite all of the controversy surrounding the configuration, in our review the Clash colourway Vapors, Jon rated the SG Pro soleplate very highly
I personally feel this stud configuration is absolutely fantastic for use in the wet. You can feel the blades providing that extra bit of grip when you turn, which is exactly what they’re designed for.
We’ll be waiting eagerly for the result of the PFA’s investigation, and will be sure to post about it when it does eventually come out. In the meantime do you think the SG Pro configuration should be banned? Leave your comments in the section below.