Date: 16th July 2018 at 8:00am
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In Saturday’s friendly between Stoke City and Walsall at the Bescot Stadium, Saddler’s youngster Kory Roberts suffered a terrible injury late on in the game.

The 20-year-old Academy prospect tussled with Ryan Sweeney but unfortunately landed awkwardly and the player suffered a suspected leg break in the incident. Stoke’s medical staff assisted their counterparts and as the player was stretchered off, he left to a standing ovation by both sets of fans at the ground, which he acknowledged.

It was unfortunately just one of those freak things that can happen in the game following the largely innocuous tangle and Stoke were quick to send their best wishes to the player, as were Stoke fans themselves on social media.

Speaking to the Stoke Sentinel following the game, Rowett sent his own wishes to Roberts and indicated that if Walsall wished to follow up, he would gladly offer them one of our youngsters for a loan to provide cover so they don’t lose out over the injury.

I presume Rowett meant with Stoke covering wages as well so they didn’t incur additional costs.

“There was the injury in the second half, which is not what you want to see. I’d have lost the game 5-0 for the lad not to have broken his leg, which it looks like he has done. My heart goes out to him. It’s a real shame and we will try to help Walsall out how we can because I think it’s a very good club for us to form links to.”

The offer certainly went over well amongst the fanbase and it is to be applauded.

 

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