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Update emerges after Bradford player suffers serious injury with match halted for 8 minutes

An update emerges after Bradford City player Emmanuel Osadebe suffers a rather serious injury with the match halted for around 8 minutes.

The 25-year-old midfielder faces a “significant time” out after suffering a double leg break in their 0-0 draw at home to Doncaster Rovers and was just seven minutes into the League Two opener on his Bantams debut.

Emmanuel Osadebe – who moved to Bradford from Walsall in June for an undisclosed fee, signing a two-year deal with the club – was stretchered off after the injury.

“It’s not good news, it’s a double break unfortunately so he’s going to be out for a significant time,” manager Mark Hughes told BBC Radio Leeds after the final whistle.

“A lot of the lads you could see clearly were affected emotionally by it, so for them to be able to just get on with their jobs – because we had to keep on playing for Manny’s sake, really.

“It wasn’t the opening day that we all wanted for a number of reasons.

“But I thought that they stuck at it, showed character and they had to get about their work and unfortunately on the day it wasn’t quite enough. I think we deserved it just for our efforts but unfortunately there’s more things that are important.”


Emmanuel Osadebe has today successfully undergone surgery, having suffered a double leg fracture in yesterday’s game against Doncaster Rovers.

Osadebe was stretchered off the field just 13 minutes into his City debut at the University of Bradford Stadium, following a challenge from Rovers’ Liam Ravenhill six minutes into the contest.

The 25-year-old was transported straight to hospital, where scans revealed breaks to both the tibia and fibula bones in his right leg.

He had an operation on the injury this morning, and will now begin rehabilitation with the club’s medical department.

Bantams boss Mark Hughes said: “Our thoughts are with Manny who is in hospital now. Unfortunately, it is not good news and he is going to be out for a significant length of time.

“He is at a new club and had been playing extremely well in pre-season. He, like us all, was really looking forward to the start of the new season.

“To have it cut short like this is really emotional for everybody. You saw the reaction of the players yesterday. Some of them were really affected by it, and showed great character to pick themselves back up and stick to their jobs.

“We will give Manny all the support he needs throughout his rehabilitation, and be behind him every step of the way. Hopefully, we will see him back on the field as soon as possible.”

City’s head of performance and medicine, Chris Royston – who was among the staff from both clubs to treat the midfielder at the game – added: “We were able to stabilise Emmanuel on the pitch yesterday, and he had surgery today to repair the fracture. His road to recovery has already started.

“We would like to thank all those involved in Emmanuel’s care so far, for their help and support.”

Everyone at Bradford City AFC wishes Emmanuel a speedy recovery, and extends their very best wishes. We will offer him our full support throughout his rehabilitation, and look forward to seeing him back on the field in claret and amber.

The player himself wrote via Twitter: “Grateful for all the messages, calls and kind words. It’s not been an easy past 24 hours but successful operation done now. Thankful to all those who’ve helped in their own way and to my family & friends for being there. Appreciate you all. Recovery starts now & by God’s grace….”

Meanwhile, Doncaster Rovers boss defends Liam Ravenhill after the leg-breaking tackle on Bradford City’s Emmanuel Osadebe.

McSheffrey, who managed Ravenhill in Doncaster’s youth team and rates him highly, said: “He’s tacked like that throughout his whole academy career, he’s strong in the tackle.

“It’s a derby and his dad’s played for the club and was a similar type of midfielder, and what do you say when you play a derby?

“Win your first headers, don’t pull out of any tackles and Ravs went in and took the ball. We’re hugely disappointed with the outcome.

“As his manager, he’s a young lad, I have to protect him. We brought him off to protect him. We’ll try and not talk about that anymore and let him get on with his career.

Ravenhill cut a quiet figure in Rovers’ dressing room at full-time, his boss said.

McSheffrey added: “It’s important we just get around him and don’t let this ruin (things). He’s had a good pre-season, hence why we put him in today.

“We rally round him and try to make sure we keep his career going in the right way.”

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Fans reacted as an update emerges after the Bradford player suffers a serious injury with the match halted for 8 minutes…

@TomStirk1992: Good luck with the recovery Emmanuel come back for the promotion party at the end of the season

@tom_halfyarddd: All the best with the recovery mate, we’re all behind you ❤️🧡

@PargeyBCAFC: All the best paddy ❤️

@lukebcafc2: We are all with you Paddy, have a quick and restful recovery 💛🤎

@DanielW65096791: Praying for you Paddy, hoping you can stay stable throughout the recovery 🙏 ❤

@JOSH_BCAFC: Speedy recovery Paddy, been playing on my mind a lot since yesterday cause first time I’ve seen something like that in person but I hope you’re well

@matthewbcafc: Wishing you a speedy recovery ❤️‍🩹 come back stronger 💪

@stoylesey: Hope you have a speedy recovery mate. Had a great preseason so it’s such a shame to happen especially so early on but we’ll look forward to having you back hopefully at some point in the near future. We’re all with you #bcafc

@wmichallat: Can’t wait to see you back! And you’ll be back before you know it.

@cstreet80: Keep positive Paddy, all the best with your recovery. Can’t wait to see you back on the pitch!!

@CTDees: God bless you Paddy. My 12yr old was really upset with what happened yesterday (right in front of us). You looked class on the pitch until then. Heal well sir. 🙏🏻

@markyoung1990: Speedy recovery Paddy. Cruel way to begin your time at the club – come back stronger!

@damianpittam: It was horrific to see. You’re a Bantam now, we’re all behind you and we all look forward to seeing you back soon!

@MattBcafc_: Love you paddy, not long until you’re back to your best taking the piss out of defenders

@daztrocks: All the best pal. I’d literally just said to my son “I like him, he looks a player” then this. I’m you’ll be back smashing it in no time, we’re all with you dude ⚽️👌

@toddy2717: My sons first game as a season ticket holder (7 year old) and he said “I can’t stop thinking about his leg , Im getting his name on back of my shirt” get well soon 👍👍🧡🖤 #bcafc

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