Injured winger Steve Davies has paid tribute to help and support he’s received since breaking his arm in last Saturday’s game away at Halifax.\r\n\r\nWith an operation to re-pin his arm scheduled for Thursday, Steve said he has been inundated with offers of help from his teammates.\r\n\r\nThe 22-year-old admits he still isn’t sure how he managed to fracture his arm, just above the elbow, but said he knew straight away it was a bad injury.\r\n\r\nHe said: “I can remember tracking the full back down the touch line with him on the outside, and I slid to make the challenge, and as I did my arm was fully extended behind me and began to twist, I can only think it couldn’t handle the load of me and the opposing player where it unfortunately gave way and I heard a loud snap.\r\n\r\n“I knew I had broken it but also the urgent shouting from Greener (right back Mike Green) to get Craig (Barden, City’s physio) on assured me that it was a nasty one.\r\n\r\n“Unfortunately next I have to have surgery so they can pin the bone, as they said I’ve done a good job of it, which in doctors’ terms means I made a good mess of it. That’s happening Thursday. Then from there its six weeks till rehab begins. So the season ends early or me which is frustrating as I’d just got back in the team and was having a good run, but that’s football.”\r\n\r\nSteve, who joined City from Forest Green Rovers in the summer, said his latest setback was far worse than previous injuries, such as the hernia operation and cartilage problem, which both kept him on the sidelines during his spell at the New Lawn.\r\n\r\n“Although I’ve been under the knife before, they were mechanical problems,” he explained. “But there was no real pain they just stopped me from playing, but the pain with snapping my humerus cannot be described and cannot be compared to anything.”\r\n\r\nThe former Hartpury student, who lives in Gloucester, said he had been swamped with offers of help from his teammates, including near neighbour Jack Harris, who broke his leg playing for City last season.\r\n\r\nSteve said: “The lads have been brilliant, to be honest there is not one that hasn’t been in contact to see how I’m doing, and they have all offered to drop in if I need anything. I’m sure it won’t be too long till Vern is around as he pretty much lives at my place anyway, but what he won’t be pleased to know is he’ll be doing the cooking.”\r\n\r\nAlthough he doesn’t remember much about how he got to hospital on Saturday, Steve was quick to thank the Tigers’ physio team of Craig Barden and Ade Tandy, as well as their opposite numbers at Halifax.\r\n\r\nHe said: “I’ve got to give a big thanks to Craig and the doctors at Halifax, they were excellent along with the Gloucester and Halifax fans whose appreciation when they were lifting me up was uplifting, and I was lucky the injury happened at such a great club with excellent facilities.\r\n\r\n“Also big thanks to the Gaffer, the Chairman, Tis (driver of the team coach) and the lads, for waiting for me in the hospital car park, as I know Tis was on the clock and the lads probably had better plans than sitting in a hospital car park on a Saturday night.\r\n\r\n“Hopefully the boys will keep up their form in 2012, and try and finish as high as possible, and make it Gloucester’s best season to date in the Conference North. With suspensions and injuries we are a little light on the ground, but there is a great team spirit at Gloucester and which why I have loved it here, its a fantastic club and we will see what next season brings, but is unfortunately out of my hands with this injury.”
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