Thommo injury setback
Jun 30 2007 South Wales Echo
STEVE Thompson has suffered a devastating injury blow in a freak holiday accident.
Cardiff City centre-forward Thompson could be out for up to six months after the accident when he fell off a ‘banana boat’ being towed behind a speed boat in the United States.
He suffered a severe groin injury and it is feared the muscle may have been torn away from the bone.
The extent of the damage will only be known after an operation on Monday.
Thompson reported back for the start of pre-season training and saw a specialist yesterday before being booked in for surgery.
“Steve Thompson will have an operation on Monday,” said City chairman Peter Ridsdale.
“He suffered an accident during his summer break.”
The injury is a massive blow to the former Dundee United and Rangers target man.
Thompson, 28, was transfer-listed by the Bluebirds after scoring only six goals last season and had reported back determined to fight for his place.
This week the Scot lost his number nine jersey when the squad numbers for the new season were released, new signing Steve MacLean being handed the shirt.
Meanwhile, City manager Dave Jones is close to bringing in a new goalkeeper and is still keen on bringing in a right-sided midfield player and a central striker.
That search is even more essential following the injury to Thompson.
Cardiff City are close to completing the signing of a goalkeeper to wear the number one shirt next season.
Ridsdale said: “We are extremely hopeful, maybe 80-20, things will be completed within a few days.”
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