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Wordsworth May Miss Rest of the Season
Monday, 18th Feb 2013 13:55

Midfielder Anthony Wordsworth could miss the rest of the season after cracking three vertebrae during the first half of Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Blackpool, the ex-Colchester man’s full debut. The 24-year-old is expected to come out of hospital today having been kept in after the match.

Manager Mick McCarthy says the Londoner won’t even be training for six weeks: “He’s not looking very good, he’s cracked three vertebrae in his back.

“He won’t require any surgery, it’ll heal, he’ll be fine. But I think it’ll be six weeks before he’s doing anything.”

Whether he’ll be back in the team this season, the Blues boss admitted he is as yet unsure: “We’ve to wait and see. It’ll depend how long it takes to heal, he won’t have any surgery. He should be coming out today.”

The Blues boss added: “I think he’s going to be a good player for us, he’s a talented footballer.

"I said [before the game] that Daryl Murphy will drift out wide left and if he does he’s good at it, he’ll get his cross in, so you make sure you get in the box.

“He said that the thought was ‘I better get in the box or the gaffer will kill me!’. I didn’t, but the keeper did.

“But he did it, he got in there and he just got turned by the defender and you could see when we were analysing the game yesterday on the video that he got a knee right in the bottom of his back.

“We didn’t know what it was at the time, he put his hand up and it looked like a serious one. Then when he came back on I thought he must just be winded, but he was in real pain then.”

While Wordsworth’s absence is a blow, McCarthy had had better news regarding other injured players.

“Murph’s all right, he’s fit, he did take a knock,” he said. “He put a really good shift in there because they do try and force you back with the full-backs, he kept having to track back. But he’s fit.”

Lee Martin has been out with a hamstring injury and Scott Loach with a sprained thumb but both are now available again: “Lee’s fine, Loachy’s trained, we’ll have to see whether he has any ill effects with his thumb after he’s trained, but he’s not reported any and he should be fine.”

The Blues boss hinted that Saturday’s goalscorer Michael Chopra could be in his thoughts for a start against Watford on Tuesday.

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SamWhiteUK added 14:02 - Feb 18
Gutted for him, absolute gutted.

Chance for JET to come in as a creative player?

im_marcacus added 14:03 - Feb 18

CambridgeBlue added 14:03 - Feb 18
Poor sod, hope he recovers perfectly, hate to see another civelli.

tractorblue99 added 14:03 - Feb 18
Should we loan in a replacement or let Drury have a go?

cooper4england added 14:06 - Feb 18
OUCH!! No wonder he was sucking on gas and air.

Kesgraveblue57 added 14:06 - Feb 18
Get well soon Anthony I feel so sorry for you it must be your worse nightmare

John_Portman added 14:08 - Feb 18
would be nice to see Chopra have a start! Looked to be working hard on saturday and obviously paid off. He's had plenty of chances but seems he has some confidence now so worth another shot.

RaymondovicBlue added 14:08 - Feb 18
PJ staked his future on Paul Taylor and he didn't last long either ... signing AW offered us a lot of hope .... really hope the existing players keep "playing for their places" despite the competition being injured. Really do hope Chops keeps coming good - he has a long way to go to appease angry fans but he can do it and Mick and Terry will make it happen.
No more loans for me - we have a left mid replacement in Lee Martin (or Murphy - but I prefer him up front) and agree that JET (sorry, Jay Emmanuel Thomas!!) needs to have one last shot at proving he wants to be a footballer !!!!

Lord_Mac added 14:09 - Feb 18
We seem to get more than our fair share of these. Really bad luck. Should be a real influence next season. Get Well Soon.

SouperJim added 14:10 - Feb 18
Welcome back to the team Andy Drury. He was already our most creative midfield player anyway...

StuartBrett8 added 14:12 - Feb 18
We don't get a lot of luck with permanent signings do we :(

irishtim added 14:13 - Feb 18
Bummer. Hope all will be ok for him. Hopefully a few on the fringes can step up & prove they should be here next season.

gazzmac4 added 14:15 - Feb 18
Do we have some rubbishy luck with injuries and new signings this year or what?! Taylor and now Wordsworth! Id like to see Chops figure in the Starting XI so i think well see Murphy out on the left for a while. And then id imagine Lee Martin will come back in there in a few games time?

Get well soon Wordy, hopefully so you can have a run before the end of the season! COYB.

Solman added 14:17 - Feb 18
good luck with recovery, maybe McCarthy could look at McFadden as he's free. can give us that bit extra on the flanks.

Chop_Chop added 14:17 - Feb 18
taylor now wordy...this club is cursed.

petermorris added 14:18 - Feb 18
Cracked three vertebrae in his back, and he got up and tried to play on!

bluemikey100 added 14:28 - Feb 18
not havin much luck signin local players from colchester or peterbro but lets go back and sign boyd on loan

AdScHi9678 added 14:35 - Feb 18
First Taylor, now Wordsworth...

JWM added 14:37 - Feb 18
You just couldn't write the script!

Gutted for you Wordy and I wish you a speedy recovery.

WarkOn added 14:38 - Feb 18
Really feel for him – get well soon, AW.

What is it with us and home debutants? Le Pen, Taylor and now Wordy to name but three of many. Are they actually trying too hard to impress and therefore going in for over-physical situations?

This could be a serious blow for our survival hopes - I don't fancy the alternatives, although rather Drury than Martin. Carson perhaps?

Bergholtblue added 14:40 - Feb 18
Did well to walk off the pitch! Hope he makes a full recovery.

ITFCFan added 14:43 - Feb 18
We're really unlucky with are better players, First Taylor who I was very excited about when he arrived looks a quality player and now Wordy, Gutted!! So as long as we stay on this league we will have two quality players to return for next season....COYB!!!!!

battyblue added 14:46 - Feb 18
Speedy recovery woody we need you mate

RetroBlue added 14:52 - Feb 18
Sod it ! Thats him in an extension brace for 6 weeks then. How was that not a foul by their GK then?

Sebastian added 14:53 - Feb 18
I mean wtf... Had i hopes for Taylor, injured directly. High hopes for Wordsworth, injured directly. These two could mean a big difference.

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