PERCH OUT FOR THE SEASON WITH FRACTURED SKULL
Update: James Perch
mansfieldtown.net, Fri 17 Sep 2021
Defender James Perch has been ruled out for the season after a scan has revealed a fractured skull.
The 35-year-old suffered the injury during a training session last month following an innocuous aerial challenge.
The former Newcastle United player had been in excellent form in his first four games of the season for the Stags.
Manager Nigel Clough said: “It’s devastating news for both James and ourselves. It’s a massive blow.
“As we’ve said all along, we cannot take any chances with this type of injury and are being completely guided by the specialists.
“We’ll do everything we can to support James throughout his rehabilitation.”
James Perch said: “I feel gutted to learn that I won't be able to step on to the pitch again this season and help the team.
“I also feel so disappointed not to play in front of the Stags’ supporters again in 2021-22, on their first season back inside the ground, and was hoping for a really productive campaign for my hometown club.
“I’d like to thank the medical staff at the club, the manager and his staff, my family and the Stags’ fans for their support and well wishes.
“I’ll remain as positive as possible and as one of the experienced players in the squad, I’ll be doing my utmost to support the boys in and around the training ground on a daily basis.”
The club will offer its unreserved support to James throughout his rehabilitation period.
James Perch told BBC Radio Nottingham on Sat 18 Sep 2021:
"I'm fine now. It happened about three weeks ago.
"We were just doing a crossing and finishing session in training. I was defending. A cross came in, I went to head it clear and someone just caught me with the ball of their elbow straight in the temple.
"The pain I was in, I knew it was quite serious. But I thought it was my jaw, fractured my jaw, and the medical staff thought it was that as well. Until I went to see the specialist and he told me it was a skull fracture, which was the worst news possible.
"I can still run, tackle, but I can't play because of the risk of getting another knock on it.
"The gaffer invited me to help him out with coaching and I want to learn from him definitely. I can still do the warm-ups with the lads, I can still do passing drills, I just can't get into any contact stuff.
"I'm thinking about keeping fit enough to play next year. But I've also got to think about the risk. I'm 36 next week so I'm not going to keep going for ever.
"If I have got one or two years left in the game, I've got to think is it worth the risk of getting a bang on the head. I'm not too sure yet, I haven't quite weighed it up.
"I'm just going to play it by ear, keep fit this season, and see what happens next season and see how I feel."
David Sharpe @DavidSharpe91
Terrible news for James and for us all to hear this week. Speedy recovery Perchy!!
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