There was cause for concern as an ex-Hearts and Hamilton player suffers a horrifying leg injury during a pre-season friendly on Saturday.
Camelon Juniors’s Jack Simpson suffered a double compound leg fracture during yesterday’s friendly match with Whitburn Juniors, which was cancelled following the injury.
He posted a picture of himself in a hospital bed roughly 24 hours after the incident, seen with his hands doing the thumbs up.
All our thoughts are with Jack, his family & team mates as we wish him a speedy recovery.
— Back Onside (@BackOnside) June 13, 2021
A post on Camelon Juniors FC Facebook page stated: “All at Camelon Juniors are devastated after today’s events – unfortunately our game versus Whitburn was cancelled due to a serious injury to our captain Jack Simpson.
“Thanks to Linton for his quick response and Asia for quick response on the emergency services and the management team for staying with Jack. All our thoughts and best wishes are with Jack and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery.”
Manager Andy Colley wrote: “Football is back and boy were we looking forward to our game against Whitburn juniors but it turned out to be a nightmare with our leader and captain Jack Simpson suffering a double compound leg break, I would like to thank Anne and Jamie from whitburn for all their help today.
“All our thoughts are with Jack at this time and hopefully he will have a successful operation tonight.”
Earlier in 2021, Camelon Juniors showed just how delighted they were to announce Simpson’s signing with the club on a two year deal.
During his career, Simpson has played with the likes of Scottish Premiership club Hearts as well as Hamilton and enjoyed a successful time in both America and Canada with CBU Capers and Erie Commodores.
At the time of the signing announcement, Camelon manager Andy Colley said: “I am absolutely delighted to get Jack signed, with him being such an established player and having worked with me at Hearts.
“We had to fight off some tough competition for his signature but we are delighted to get Jack in. He will bring a wealth of experience to the club.”
When he took over the manager job in March, Andy Colley added that he hoped to lead the Mariners to an East of Scotland championship.
For the halted and then cancelled 2020/21 season, they finished in 6th place, taking 20 points from 10 games played, just eight points off the leaders.
As mentioned, Jack Simpson posted a photo via his Facebook account, saying on Sunday: “Just to give everyone an update on how i’m doing. Had my tibia and fibula reset and now not long out of surgery resting up well.
“Can’t thank everyone enough from both clubs Whitburn Junior FC & Camelon Juniors Football Club for taking care of me until the services arrived and the Camelon committee for making me comfortable about the future.
“Hopefully not too long until i’m back on my feet and working hard to get back playing.
“Thanks everyone for all the kind words and messages, i appreciate it more than i can say ❤️❤️”
Fans reacted as the ex-Hearts and Hamilton player suffers horrifying leg injury during a pre-season friendly…
@7Stoogs: Horrible to hear that. Speedy recovery to the player
@dazzyw10: Absolute terrible for Jack wish him a speedy recovery. Thoughts and prayers with him.
@jamiesandiland5: Horrible injury Andy and I know a number of our players been in touch with Jack direct but goes without saying all our best wishes are with him tonight and the next few weeks as he begins his rehab.
@JCGKing1956: Best wishes to him, absolutely gutted for everyone at the club, just when we are starting to play again
@DanRous73: Thoughts and prayers with Jack and the whole team
@spud2207: Sorry to here that Andy! Don’t know the lad personally but pass on our best wishes from all @WishawFC to lad and I hope he has a speedy recovery!
@rickyp99: Terrible news to hear. Don’t know Jack personally but please pass on my thoughts and hopefully he makes a full recovery
@s_t_black1: Thoughts are with him
@cocosmyth1: Was horrible to see, our thoughts are with jack
@Andrewheeps1: sorry to hear this , after all this time to get back this happens, so unfortunate, best regards to lad from all kilsyth rangers
@ForeverAYellow: Ouch, proper sounds a painful one that, really wishing him all the best in his recovery!