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31 July 2022

Club News


31 July 2022

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Emmanuel Osadebe has today successfully undergone surgery, having suffered a double leg fracture in yesterday’s game against Doncaster Rovers. 

Osadebe was stretchered off the field just 13 minutes into his City debut at the University of Bradford Stadium, following a challenge from Rovers’ Liam Ravenhill six minutes into the contest. 

The 25-year-old was transported straight to hospital, where scans revealed breaks to both the tibia and fibula bones in his right leg. 

He had an operation on the injury this morning, and will now begin rehabilitation with the club’s medical department. 

Bantams boss Mark Hughes said: “Our thoughts are with Manny who is in hospital now. Unfortunately, it is not good news and he is going to be out for a significant length of time.

“He is at a new club and had been playing extremely well in pre-season. He, like us all, was really looking forward to the start of the new season.

“To have it cut short like this is really emotional for everybody. You saw the reaction of the players yesterday. Some of them were really affected by it, and showed great character to pick themselves back up and stick to their jobs.

“We will give Manny all the support he needs throughout his rehabilitation, and be behind him every step of the way. Hopefully, we will see him back on the field as soon as possible.”

City’s head of performance and medicine, Chris Royston - who was among the staff from both clubs to treat the midfielder at the game - added: “We were able to stabilise Emmanuel on the pitch yesterday, and he had surgery today to repair the fracture. His road to recovery has already started. 

“We would like to thank all those involved in Emmanuel’s care so far, for their help and support.”

Everyone at Bradford City AFC wishes Emmanuel a speedy recovery, and extends their very best wishes. We will offer him our full support throughout his rehabilitation, and look forward to seeing him back on the field in claret and amber. 

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