Reading defender Chris Casper has had his contract terminated just two months before it was due to expire. However, he feels may be able to continue playing professional football. Former Manchester United defender Casper broke his leg on Boxing Day 1999 when a horror tackle from Richard Carpenter, then of Cardiff City cost him the best of his career. He has since sought legal action against Carpenter.
Casper told readingfc.co.uk “I've left Reading but as far as football is concerned you never say never. I'm looking at my options then I'll make a decision. I'm waiting to see an independent specialist to get an opinion. I'm waiting for an appointment date which should be in the next couple of weeks”.
Alan Pardew paid tribute to Casper he told readingfc.co.uk “Chris is a level-headed lad and will be able to deal with it, and maybe move on to coaching or some other part of football if he has to. I hope he stays in the game because I think he's got something to offer. It's been a difficult couple of years for him, he never really recovered from the tackle and we wish him the best. I'll certainly be thinking of him in the next few years, looking for him to re-appear.”
Meanwhile, Paul Merson has been added to the star-studded ex-England XI for Phil Parkinson's testimonial.