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Osborne Keeping Fingers Crossed

Leon Osbourne

Former Apprentice Leon Osborne hopes his crash into an advertising board won’t push him out of Stuart McCall’s plans.

The young Bradford City winger has been on the verge of the first team with three outings as a substitute so far, but he slammed his left knee into the hoardings in the Reserve game with Huddersfield Town on Tuesday.

After unsuccessfully trying to carry on Osborne limped off the pitch and is now keeping his fingers crossed that the damage is nothing more than severe bruising.

Talking to the Telegraph & Argus he said:

“I’ve got ice on it and I’ll see the physio again this morning. The last thing I want is to miss some training because I’ve been giving it my all. I was running at full whack for a ball when one of their lads gave me the slightest of touches. My momentum was such that I couldn’t stop myself and it felt like I hit the boards at 100mph!”

Osborne has targeted this season as his breakthrough year after signing a new deal with the Bantams in the summer. But he has already suffered a setback after being floored by swine flu.

He added:

“I had to stop for a week because I couldn’t come in, which wasn’t the best start. But I’ve been doing really well in training and for the reserves and the gaffer told me last week that I was that close to being in the starting line-up.”

“I feel I’ve got a chance if I can keep going as I am. That’s why I hope this injury doesn’t hold me up too long. It’s more the muscle than the actual ligaments so hopefully it will just be a bit of bruising.”

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