No blame for Whiting ankle break, says HerridgeBy Adam Lee
April 11, 2012
Wokingham & Emmbrook winger Sam Whiting sufffered a broken ankle in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Shortwood, but manager Roger Herridge insisted there was no blame for the Shortwood player involved.
Whiting, who has 10 league goals to his name this season, was involved in a collision with Shortwood full-back Kiran Dinari shortly before half-time.
It soon became clear that there was a serious problem with Whiting, and the game was delayed as he was stretched away by paramedics.
The second half eventually got underway at 4.30pm, and Shortwood went on to win to keep alive their title hopes.
Whiting spent the night in hospital, but was out on Sunday and even attended Wokingham's 2-1 defeat at the hands of Binfield on Monday.
And Herridge was quick to point out that Whiting’s injury, as horrible as it was, was simply an unfortunate accident.
“There was no blame whatsoever on their lad (for the injury),” he said.
“It looks to me as though he just got his foot caught in the ground and has fallen awkwardly.
“You never want to see one of your players suffer an injury like that and I think it affected players from both sides.
“He’s broken his ankle, but he’s in safe hands now and he’s got some X-rays coming up and might need an operation. Obviously the club wish him all the best.”
It was the first in a series of setbacks that Wokingham suffered in a weekend where they failed to collect a single point.
But Herridge is confident that his side will brush themselves off and recover, starting with the double header with Highworth Town at home on Thursday (7.45pm kick-off), then away on Saturday (3pm).
He said: “We’ll move on, we’ve got two or three really hard games to go. and we’ve got to make sure we keep going until the end and try to pick up a few points.
“As hard as our weekend seemed I really expected us to take something from it, but we haven’t and that’s football for you’
“Overall it’s a disappointing weekend for us but maybe next week will be better.
“We expect two tough games and have got a few players who are playing through injuries so it might be a time to use a few of the younger lads coming through.”
Tom Hopper and Matt Jones both missed Monday’s derby and are still doubts for Thursday’s game.
Danny Horscroft went off injured against Binfield, but his replacement, Daniel Collier, is already forging a good name for himself at the club.
“Daniel has done really well for us again,” said Herridge.
“He’s come back from a bad injury he picked up as an 18 year old.
“He was our best player against Highworth in the cup last week. He rarely gives the ball away and he could have a big future.”