The number of serious injuries in football is relatively small compared to the number of people articipating but when things do go wrong it’s amazing how quickly recoveries can be made, writes Paul Douglas.
Marc Young, of Inverurie Locos, suffered a serious leg break in his team’s match at Brora on February 7 this year but 16 days later he is up and walking - albeit on crutches - with little sign of the injury, just a couple of small plasters.
Marc was due to celebrate his birthday that Saturday night but instead found himself in Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.
With a transfer to hospital in Aberdeen, he was faced with choices about how best to deal with the clean fracture.
The 27-year-old defender opted for a titanium rod insert into the bone which gives him the chance of being back at work in weeks, rather than months, and the benefit of not having a cast on the leg for several months. Marc has found the lack of mobility frustrating but is hopeful that he will be back in training by the summer, and is targeting September for a return to action with Locos.