Hartlepool United’s Michael Woods undergoes surgery after being ruled out for the season

Michael Woods is given attention on the Victoria Park pitch.  Picture by FRANK REID
Michael Woods is given attention on the Victoria Park pitch. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United officials have confirmed Michael Woods will today undergo surgery after suffering a dislocated ankle and fractured fibula in the 1-0 win over Wimbledon.

The only sour note of the afternoon was the injury to midfielder Woods, he was stretchered off early in the second-half after a seven minute break in play and the serious injury will keep him out for the rest of the season.

Woods, who was being given oxygen, left the field in a leg brace and afterwards Ronnie Moore told SportMail he feared he may have dislocated his ankle.

Club officials confirmed on Saturday night the midfielder sustained a dislocated ankle and fractured fibula and following further examination it was decided to operate on Sunday morning.

The club’s head physiotherapist Ian Gallagher said: “After speaking with medical specialists at the hospital and with the club’s consultant it became apparent that Michael needed to have the operation as soon as possible.

“Due to the nature of the injury it was decided that we couldn’t afford to wait.

It’s a big disappointment for everyone connected with the club because I think Michael has been exceptional.

Ronnie Moore

“He is in the best possible hands now and once the surgery is complete we’ll make sure he gets all the support he needs during his rehabilitation.

“I would like to thank all the staff at North Tees Accident & Emergency who were superb with Michael, as well as all the staff there on Ward 33 who have looked after him so well.”

Moore has spoken of his disappointment in losing one of his star performers.

He said: “It’s a big disappointment for everyone connected with the club because I think Michael has been exceptional.

“All the lads are gutted for him but we’ll give him the best medical treatment available and everyone will rally round and support him during his recovery.

“He’s got an important part to play off the pitch for the rest of the season and I’m sure he will play a significant role in the future too because he’s a potential captain of this club in my opinion.”