‘We’d used the subs’ – Port Vale’s Tom Pope plays on with broken arm



Tom Pope played on with a broken arm and shoulder ligament damage in Port Vale’s game at Sunderland on Tuesday.

Vale’s post-war record scorer had come on as a 71st-minute substitute then played on until the end of the 2-0 Papa John’s Trophy defeat after the injury.

But he told The Sentinel and StokeonTrentLive this evening that he faces a spell on the sidelines.

He suffered the injury falling awkwardly after a clash of heads. He said: “I can’t really remember it. I couldn’t put my hands out to protect myself and I have obviously landed on my arm. I thought I had popped my shoulder but I have had a scan and I have done my shoulder ligaments and broken my arm.

“I have to see the specialist on Friday. I don’t know whether I need an operation or it can attach itself. I will know more once I have spoken to the specialist.”

Talking about playing on with the broken arm and shoulder injury, he said: “We had made all the substitutions. If there was one available I would have come off. But I know it was quite an important game for the club and there was a lot of money on it.

“I did it when I did my knee ligaments and my hamstring came off. It always seems every time I am injured we have made all our subs.

“I just feel like me being on there gave us more chance. Not that I was going to score or make anything happen because I couldn’t walk, but just by being on the pitch you are a presence and can maybe take a defender out of the way.

“Had it been 2-0 or 3-0 by that point there was no point me carrying on, but with it being 1-0 there is always a chance we could nick a goal and it go to penalties so that is why I carried on.”

He’s frustrated with the prospect of a spell on the sidelines just as he was hoping to play a role in the team under interim manager Danny Pugh.

He said: “It is frustrating. The last couple of months have been difficult but I have been a big advocate of Danny Pugh and been telling everyone how great he is. I want to be there supporting that but now I can’t do that.

“I felt like I did okay on Saturday and proved my worth and then all of a sudden I am back out again. So that part of it is frustrating.

“People are getting back fit – Dave Worrall, Tom Conlon and Cristian Montano – and you feel like a lot of key players coming back.

“I am not saying it makes the team weaker me not being fit but I know I can give 110 per cent for him. So, from my point of view it is tough to take.”





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