By Alan Duffy
A pulled hamstring or a twisted ankle are all part and parcel of the game of football, but you don’t expect to hear about a footballer breaking his back during a training session. However, that’s exactly what has happened to Exeter City defender Danny Coles.
At the Grecians’ (fabulously named) Cat and Fiddle training ground on Monday, the 30-year-old was involved in an accidental collision with goalkeeper Arthur Krysiak which left him with a fractured bone in his spine.
Coles was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and will miss the rest of the campaign. However, the exact seriousness of the injury is yet to determined. Exeter’s Director of Football, Steve Perryman, said:
“Normally people get a scrape or a bruise in training, but this was a bit more serious. He’s a very experienced player who has done very well for us. But it’s part and parcel of what happens in football.”
Let’s hope that the injury doesn’t keep the unfortunate Coles out of action for the League One side for any longer than just this season.