JOHN Egan’s loan spell at Bradford City was brought to a cruel and premature end last night when he suffered a suspected broken leg.
The 20-year-old centre-half (left) was stretchered off in the 18th minute of Bradford’s game against Plymouth Argyle at Valley Parade with a suspected broken fibula.
The incident happened in the 12th minute when he appeared to fall awkwardly after making a headed clearance.
The game was held up for more than five minutes while the Republic of Ireland Under 21 international, clearly in great pain, was treated on the pitch before being stretchered off.
Regardless of the degree of injury, it certainly spells the end of a two-month loan spell which the youngster had only just embarked upon.
He had featured in the League Two side’s three previous games, playing every minute against Chesterfield, Aldershot and Exeter with the Bantams conceding only one goal in those matches.
Last night, though, he suffered heart-break with what is likely to be a season-ending injury.
It is a big blow for the no-nonsense centre-half who is highly rated at the Academy of Light and who had asked to go out on loan to get more league experience.
Only last week, Under 21 coach Kevin Ball was speaking glowingly about him.
He told the Echo: “John has got an outstanding attitude and is desperate to be a successful footballer.
“It’s great to deal with a young lad who really wants to be a footballer, really wants to make the most of his game.
“He went to Bradford with the approval of everyone here because he is at that stage of his career where he needs league football.”