Finished Gutless by Carl Deuker.
Brock is a soccer player (specifically a goalie) except he’s got a little bit of a nerve problem. OK, there’s not a nice way to say it: he’s afraid of getting hurt. You can see how that would be a problem when he decides to play football, right?
This also extends to his everyday life. His friend Richie is getting bullied and Brock mostly lets it slide.
This is not at all the kind of book I’d expect to enjoy but I really did. Carl Deuker makes Brock a really sympathetic character (as opposed to pathetic) and I love Richie.