Mark Cousins reveals dislocated finger shock

COLCHESTER United keeper, Mark Cousins, played through the pain barrier to help the U’s to a first win of the season, 3-1 over Hartlepool on Saturday.

Cousins has revealed that he dislocated a finger, after just 12 minutes, when ensuring that Steve Howard’s lob did not drop into his net to give Pools a 2-0 lead.

The U’s custodian was relieved to see the shot sail inches over the top, although his fingers cracked into the top of the bar, leading to several minutes of treatment on the pitch.

Cousins explained: “I caught my finger on the cross-bar, which dislocated the top of my index finger.

“It also split the skin where my tendon was poking through. I had three stitches at half-time.”

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However, Cousins is confident he will be fit to play at Swindon Town tomorrow evening.

A brace from debutant Jabo Ibehre and an earlier equaliser from Gavin Massey wrapped up Saturday’s win over Hartlepool.

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