Wound a bloody nuisance

WHOEVER said football players were soft should meet Ipswich Knights defender Andrew Drager.

After colliding leg first into a goal post (see photo Page 2), Drager inspected the aftermath and found a white shin-bone that used to belong inside his leg was now staring back at him.

But the Ipswich-based engineer did not panic. Instead, he calmly wondered aloud: “Do I need to go to the hospital?”

Yes, you certainly will was the reply from sickened teammates who noticed that blood was pouring so heavily from Drager's wound it was leaking through and out of his left soccer boot.

The freak accident occurred at Knights' training on Wednesday night.

Drager's shin would later require several stiches and the injury has ruled him out of the QT Cup and pre-season matches.

But Drager said the gash looked worse than it felt.

“I was trying to stop a goal and the field was very wet, so when I slid in, I just kept going leg first,” Drager said.

“When it happened I wasn't concerned really. It hurt a bit but I thought I could walk it off.

“I made it to the edge of the box and realised that there was a lot of blood coming through my shin pad.

“I took the pad off and just saw straight into the meat of my leg.

“The wound was an inch wide and I thought ‘oh no, that's my bone sticking out, isn't it?'”

An ambulance was called and Drager spent the next few hours in the Ipswich Hospital's emergency ward.

Drager was set to play in a raft of pre-season matches during the next month, including the QT Cup, but will now be faced with a stint on the sidelines.

“The guys in the ambulance said I would not be able to play soccer for six weeks, but I don't think it's that bad,” Drager said.

“I can walk on it okay at the moment, so I think in a couple of weeks I'll be ready to train again and then maybe a week or so after that I'll be able to play.”

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