IF WAYNE Rooney makes a miracle recovery to play against Trinidad and Tobago tonight, he may have Tarmac to thank.
The contractor and supplier last week sent the England hitman a pair of its new site boots to protect his recently healed right foot.
After footballers, construction workers are the most likely professionals in the UK to suffer a metatarsal injury. In response to this, Tarmac has developed site boots which include a metatarsal protector tongue made from the same material used in ak jackets.
Tarmac sustainable development manager Ken Bradley said: 'We've all shared Wayne's pain, but the traditional option has been a heavyweight and uncomfortable safety boot.
This is a lightweight alternative that is both comfortable and protective of the metatarsal.' Health & Safety Executive records show there was a total of 479 work related foot fractures in 2004/ 05, with impact injuries or heavy items accidentally dropped onto the foot being the most common causes.
A Tarmac spokesman said falling items rarely hit steel toecaps, but land across the unprotected lace-holes instead.
These statistics led Tarmac to work with labour protection manufacturer BacouDalloz to develop boots that protect the entire metatarsal area.
Tarmac is planning to issue the hi-tech super boots to all its UK contract workers this summer and to sub-contractors thereafter.