Thanks for your support in my hour of need

Richard Lawton: stand in.
Richard Lawton: stand in.
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As you may be aware by now this week has been a pretty tough one for me.

I crashed while testing equipment at King’s Lynn last Tuesday and although it didn’t appear to be a high impact fall at all, I was aware straight away that it was likely I’d broken my leg.

After numerous hours at King’s Lynn Hospital my worst fears were confirmed and they diagnosed a broken ankle in two places. Due to the impact my ankle shattered into several pieces and I was advised to be treated by a specialist team at Sheffield Northern General.

On Thursday my family and friend and sponsor Matt transported me to Sheffield, and then it was just a case of waiting for the swelling to go down so I could have an operation. After a couple of delays I was operated on by a team of specialists and it took four hours. I’m currently sat in my hospital bed looking forward to getting home and eating some proper food!

I know the next eight weeks are going to be a long, tough process but I have a fantastic network of friends and family that I know will support me in my road to recovery. I intend to do everything possible to get back in shape and I have no doubts everyone at Owlerton will be seeing me before long!

As captain of the team my job remains the same as always and I will still be there to motivate, encourage and help to develop the guys in the team.

Although I won’t be joining them on track I’ll still be prominent in the background and all I ask is that the Sheffield fans get behind the guys now.

I have every faith that the Owlerton crowd will help to guide the team through some big fixtures in the upcoming weeks, including tomorrow’s League Cup tie at home to Newcastle. Thanks to Richard Lawson for standing in for me. Finally, I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has wished me well and sent messages. It is very much appreciated and means a lot. I also must thank David Hirst and Joe Egan, who stepped in to help the guys at Thurgoland School raise a lot of money for Make It Better Day on Friday. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it but those guys stepped in and did a great job. I need to say a huge thank you to all the doctors and nurses at Northern General too, who have been absolutely fantastic with me since I arrived.

Thanks once again for all the support.