YOUNG rugby star Aaron Jeffrey is back home after breaking his thigh bone in a freak incident on the pitch.
Match officials said they had only ever heard of people sustaining such an injury in car smashes rather than rugby.
He has since undergone two-and-a-half hours’ surgery to have a titanium rod inserted into his leg and looks set to be out of action for the rest of the season.
But Aaron, known as AJ, doesn’t appear to have been fazed after sustaining the horrific break just five minutes into a game between his side, Hartlepool Rovers’ third team, and Horden’s third team on the Central Park field last Saturday.
Aaron, who lives in Durham Street on Hartlepool’s Headland, said: “It was just one of those things.”
The public services student at Hartlepool College of Further Education, who wants to be a fireman, described the moment the excruciatingly painful incident happened.
He said: “I heard a click and one of my mates heard it too. I’ve never felt anything like it.
“It was just the way I landed and another player landed on top.”
He said teammates and officials assumed he had dislocated his knee and he even got up to walk, thinking he just had a “dead leg”.
But he fell back down due to the pain and an ambulance was called.
Aaron was rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, where an X-ray revealed the broken femur.
He underwent two-and-a-half hours of surgery on Monday and had 24 stitches.
Aaron, whose mum Wendy, 53, is club stewardess, and whose dad Roy, also 53, is a part-time bar worker at the club and also works for J&B Recycling, now faces a course of physiotherapy and three months on crutches.