Bradford City: Martin O’Neill tips John Egan to make full recovery

Stephen Darby and keeper Matt Duke help attend to stricken team-mate John Egan after his awkward fall against Plymouth

Stephen Darby and keeper Matt Duke help attend to stricken team-mate John Egan after his awkward fall against Plymouth

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Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill is confident that John Egan has the character to bounce back from his double leg-break.

The young defender will undergo surgery this morning after returning to the north-east when the horrific injury cut short his loan spell with the Bantams.

The Black Cats academy product fractured the tibia and fibula in his right leg after landing awkwardly during City’s clash with Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night, in what was his fourth outing for the club.

Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Egan spent the night at Bradford Royal Infirmary before moving on Wednesday to Darlington’s Woodlands Hospital, where he will have his leg pinned.

The 20-year-old, who lost his father – retired gaelic footballer John Egan senior – earlier this year, will be ruled out for the rest of the season after earning rave reviews since arriving at Valley Parade.

O’Neill admits Egan is despondent after visiting the centre-half in hospital.

“I went to see him in hospital on Wednesday and it’s just really bad luck for the lad,” said the Sunderland manager.

“He was doing exceptionally well for Bradford and he’s had a tough old year.

“Of course, he was very down on Wednesday. Maybe it was the journey from Bradford hospital to Darlington, but he was in some pain. But he’s a real fighter and he’ll come through it.”

Egan made three appearances for Sunderland’s first team during pre-season and was one of only four members of Kevin Ball’s development group to be handed a squad number by O’Neill.

The defender, who spent month-long spells with Crystal Palace and Sheffield United last season, was an unused substitute in September’s Capital One Cup tie at MK Dons, with several Football League clubs vying to take him on loan.

But Bradford were successful in their pursuit, with Egan helping Phil Parkinson’s side to three clean sheets in four outings.

O’Neill said: “I gave him a squad number at the start of the season, almost as much for attitude as anything else. He’s got a fantastic attitude to do really well.

“He wanted the opportunity to go out on loan and there were a number of clubs interested, but Bradford really wanted him.

“Now suddenly this has happened. But I don’t think he can look back. He’s got to look forward and remain confident that he’ll recover.”

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11:43pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Cityman23 says...

All football fans can unite in sympathy/support when this kind of unfortunate occurence afflicts a player. Less than a week a go, Egan was looking forward to boosting his career by making some regular first team appearances for City. Now, after some incredible bad luck, he faces a long, long lay off followed by a real battle to get back into the game again.

The future is far from certain but, now he deserves a bit of good fortune.
Good luck, John!
All football fans can unite in sympathy/support when this kind of unfortunate occurence afflicts a player. Less than a week a go, Egan was looking forward to boosting his career by making some regular first team appearances for City. Now, after some incredible bad luck, he faces a long, long lay off followed by a real battle to get back into the game again. The future is far from certain but, now he deserves a bit of good fortune. Good luck, John! Cityman23
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11:29am Sat 24 Nov 12

shoesmaker4 says...

good look lad for a speedy return to football once again good look to you john
good look lad for a speedy return to football once again good look to you john shoesmaker4
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12:26pm Sat 24 Nov 12

bcfc1903 says...

Yeah...Good luck John Egan...you did a great job during your brief time with BCFC...all the best for the future..from the Carroll's..Gaffey's and Byrne's family's...all BCFC fans of Irish descent.

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We shout with pride...we never hide...Claret and Amber.
Yeah...Good luck John Egan...you did a great job during your brief time with BCFC...all the best for the future..from the Carroll's..Gaffey's and Byrne's family's...all BCFC fans of Irish descent. ** We shout with pride...we never hide...Claret and Amber. bcfc1903
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