Sunday, April 13, 2014

Doncaster Rover's Brown Played Through Broken Foot

It seems to be a popular theme of my blog posts lately: elite athletes playing with broken feet.
The latest to go this route is Chris Brown of the Doncaster Rovers. Brown played on the broken foot for more than a month, according to Paul Dickov. The 29 year old striker has not missed a game so far since the beginning of the year. 
It sounds like Brown fractured a bone in his foot over the Christmas holiday and has played through the pain barrier since then. Brown had been briefly sidelined in November with a hamstring injury. 
The strategy to stay in the game even with a severe injury paid off for the Doncaster Rovers (not a strategy we could recommend) as Brown scored a goal in home games against Wigan and Charlton. 
Trying the same gamble on Richie Wellens backfired last Tuesday night when the Rovers' skipper lasted just 34 minutes against Bolton. Prior to the game he had taken painkillers for the foot injury he suffered at Leeds.
Dickov said, "Richie put his hand up to play on Tuesday night and there have been a couple occasions this season that players have put their bodies on the line for us.
"We've had lads play after injections and they've been fine. 
"Chris Brown played for about four weeks with a broken foot for us earlier in the season and no one would have known.
"You hope you'll get away with it but obviously we didn't on Tuesday night."
With regards to Wellens' injury, Dickov added, "We've just got to wait and see with Richie. He got a nasty kick on the foot [at Leeds].
"We've had it scanned and there's no fracture there. Hopefully he's back sooner rather than later."
Reference: The Star
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