HARTLEPOOL United defender Michael Duckworth has admitted he feared his season was over after being stretchered off after less than 11 minutes of his comeback, writes Richard Mennear.
Despite initial fears the marauding right-back had broken his leg after falling awkwardly in the opening stages of the 2-0 defeat to Northampton Town at the weekend, Duckworth escaped with tissue damage.
And the relieved defender is now looking for a swift return to action although no date has yet been set for when he will be back in the Pools starting XI.
The 21-year-old says he is taking it one day at a time and says it was just a relief the injury wasn’t more severe.
Duckworth was taken straight to hospital for x-rays where initial tests suggested there was no fracture.
That was confirmed yesterday when the club’s radiologist consultant looked in to the results of further scans and indicated there was only tissue damage to his left leg.
“The results are much better than I was expecting,” said a relieved Duckworth.
“I can’t remember much about the incident itself really.
“I just remember turning and then my left leg gave way and I heard a crack which was obviously worrying so I thought then I had broken something.
“Sam Collins was next to me at the time and heard it too and said it didn’t sound good, and I think as a player it’s natural that I was thinking I’d done some serious damage.
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“I went to the hospital and waiting there was quite anxious because if it had been broken that would more than likely have been my season done.
“It’s a massive boost for me to hear some good news on it so now I’ll just take it a day at a time and hopefully be back in action quickly,” said Duckworth who was speaking to the club’s website.
Confirmation that there was no break will also come as an almighty relief to the Pools management team of Colin Cooper and Craig Hignett as Duckworth, signed from Bradford Park Avenue in the summer has been one of the star performers.
Meanwhile, Pools have secured the signature of Manchester United winger Jack Barmby on another month-long loan deal.
The 19-year-old joined Pools in January on a four-week loan deal from the Red Devils and Barmby will now be staying at The Vic until the end of March.
The extension of his loan was confirmed yesterday.
Barmby scored a spectacular goal on his Pools and Football League debut after coming off the bench to help Cooper’s side seal a 2-0 win over York City.
The son of former England international Nick Barmby has made a total of five appearances, including two starts, since arriving at the Sky Bet League Two club, where he will remain until after the game with Mansfield Town on Tuesday, March 25.