Ouch! Horncastle Town ace Matt really is a ‘broken’ man
Footballer Matt Low has given a whole new meaning to the cliche ‘playing through the pain barrier’.
The 22-year-old recently played 70 minutes of a game for Horncastle Town - with three broken bones in his foot.
Low was playing for Horncastle’s first team in a league game against Heckington at The Wong.
He was injured in an accidental clash with an opposition player.
Although he felt some discomfort, he completed the match, but it was 24 hours before he discovered the extent of the injury.
Low said: “I went for a high ball with one of their players and his boot came down on the top of my foot.
“At half time, my foot started to swell up but I just thought it was one of those things.
“I managed to get through the second half and when I took my boot off at the end of the game, my foot looked a bit swollen.”
Low didn’t give the injury much thought, until the following day (Sunday).
He added: “I went to work as usual but then I saw my foot had turned black so I drove to Louth Hospital.
“I didn’t think there was anything seriously wrong but then the doctor told me I’d broken three metatarsal bones in my foot.
“I think even he was surprised I’d completed the game.
“I wouldn’t mind but David Beckham broke one metatarsal and there was all kinds of fuss.”
Low’s foot was put into a protective pot, which meant he could not drive his car home.
The pot has now been replaced by a plastic boot but it is likely to be mid-December before he returns to the pitch.
Despite the injury, he has managed to carry on working as a sport and leisure supervisor at Tattershall Lakes Country Park.
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