While everyone obsessively checks their RSS feeds – or BBC News 24 if you're not a geek – for news on Wayne Rooney’s scan, a company has launched a new material which it claims may have been able to protect his metatarsal from Paulo Ferreira.
The shock-absorbing material from d3o makes its footballing debut in these Contour goalkeeper gloves from Sells, and could eventually be used in boots.
So, how does it work? A mini forcefield? A thin coating of marshmallow? No, even more amazingly the gloves contain ‘intelligent’ molecules that flow around as you move, but then lock together on impact.
We doubt they could survive a vicious lunge from Michael Essien, but the material could potentially reduce minor fractures and bruises. Well, Jerzy Dudek and Mike Pollitt seem to think so – they’ll be wearing them for Liverpool reserves and Wigan next season.
The Contour d30 gloves will be available from 15th June for £55 from JJB, Intersport, Just Keepers, Pro Direct Soccer and Great Save stores. For more info on d3o, go to its site here.