A football captain’s career has been cut short after he dislocated his ankle just before a cup final.
Dan Herron, 22, has played for Rothbury Football Club since he was 12 years old.
But two weeks ago, during a match at Red Row Welfare, an attempt to get the first touch on the ball was probably his last as it left him needing an operation and in a cast.
As he went for the ball with his right foot, his left was stuck in the ground. He slipped over and his left foot ended up facing the wrong way.
Dan pushed it back around the right way and was taken to Wansbeck General Hospital. The ankle was badly dislocated and he had an operation to have a metal plate put in. He also had a bolt put in his tibia and fibula.
Dan, who lives in Thropton, said: “Playing for Rothbury has been a big part of my life.
“To say I’m not very happy would be an understatement.
“I don’t think I’ll be able to play again, I don’t want to risk being crippled.
“It wouldn’t be so bad if I had just broken my leg but because it was a dislocation I am 50 per cent more likely to do the same thing again.
“It’s even harder because I’m the captain and we have the cup final, if we win I would have been the one lifting the trophy.
“I’m pretty gutted to be missing the game. But I will still be there.”
But Dan isn’t going to let the injury stop him being involved with football altogether.
Rothbury manager Anthony Sutton said: “The sight of someone so young being hurt through no one’s fault other than a freak accident is sickening to say the least and we all wish Dan well and hope he makes a speedy recovery.
“He is already asking if he can be involved with training and helping out with running the team, which shows tremendous spirit on his behalf, but the real message from this sorry affair must be the thanks we have to give to Red Row Welfare for their concern and downright sportsmanship in helping out the way they did.
“We congratulate all at the club and thank them sincerley for their help and support and for renewing our faith in human nature.”
The Laidler/Lancaster Cup final, against Tweedmouth Harrow, takes place tomorrow.