Injured player’s legal battle loss

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A FOOTBALLER who said his dreams of playing in the Premiership and World Cup were destroyed by a botched knee operation has had his hopes of a £10 million damages payout dashed by a judge.

Sharu Naraji, aged 27, suffered a ligament injury in 2005 which ended his career.

The former Sheffield United winger launched a compensation claim against US sports injury surgeon K Donald Shelbourne, who carried out a 2006 op to reconstruct his cruciate ligament at his Indiana clinic.

But High Court judge Mr Justice Popplewell refused to award the Bolton-born player a penny – despite finding the operation had been negligently performed.

Even had the surgery been a success, Mr Naraji would probably never have played football at the highest level, ruled the judge, who added in any event his claim had been brought too late under Indiana law.