Ipswich Town midfielder Jonathan Douglas apologises to Derby midfielder George Thorne after he suffered suspected broken leg

George Thorne suffers a suspected broken shin after this collision with Ipswich's Jonathan Douglas

George Thorne suffers a suspected broken shin after this collision with Ipswich's Jonathan Douglas

Ipswich Town midfielder Jonathan Douglas has sent his best wishes to Derby midfielder George Thorne, who suffered a suspected broken leg at the iPro stadium this afternoon.

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The Derby midfielder suffered the injury following a tackle from Douglas, in the closing stages of the Blues’ 1-0 victory against the Rams this afternoon.

Douglas wrote a message on Twitter this evening insisting there was no malice in the challenge and wished Thorne a speedy recovery, with the Derby midfielder quickly replying to insist there were ‘no hard feelings’.

“Absolutely gutted with what happened with George today,” Douglas wrote.

“In no way did I intend on hurting him - I was just trying to block his shot, and help my team,


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“I did apologise to him on the pitch and would like to put it on record again that I am sorry.

“Never do I like to see a fellow professional injured.

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“I truly wish him a speedy recovery and my thoughts are with him and hope he’ll be back as soon as possible for Derby, who I also with good lick to in their play-off campaign.”

Derby head coach Darren Wassall wasn’t impressed with the challenge.

“It is very unfortunate,” he said.

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“George has been in great form and he is important to us.

“If you see the tackle, I think it is a little bit of a naughty tackle, so I am not very pleased with the tackle.

“Until we know the outcome, we cannot really speculate on the injury but the reaction of the other players was not very good. They thought it was a nasty one.”

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