This picture shows the horrific facial injuries suffered by Port Vale defender Adam Yates after a clash with his OWN goalkeeper.
Vale boss Neil Aspin says he cannot put a date on the return of the defender after he suffered a catalogue of injuries in a collision with Sam Hornby in a reserve match with Morecambe on Tuesday.
Yates missed the entirety of last season due to a cruciate knee ligament injury, and the Werrington born right-back is now expected to face a similar spell on the sidelines.
“We’re all very disappointed, both for himself and for his family,” Aspin said. “You don’t expect to go onto a football pitch and pick up the extent of injuries that he’s suffered.
“To fracture your cheekbone, break at least one eye-socket, break your nose, your jaw, your wrist all in the same incident… I’ve never known it before in my entire career.”
Asked how long he expects the defender to be out, Aspin said: “I can’t put a timescale on it.
“There’s so many injuries and they’re not able to operate until the swelling has gone down. It’s going to be a long job, and he’s not going to be in contention for a while.”
Yates is currently Vale’s longest-serving player, racking up 248 appearances for the Valiants since his arrival in 2009. The 34-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season, with his future – and a potential testimonial – now up in the air.
He told The Sentinel: “I would like to thank everybody who has contacted me and sent their support in regards to my recent injury.
“After years of a relatively problem-free career, I’ve suffered the two worst injuries I could have imagined during the past 18 months, but the most recent could inflict long-term damage, and at this stage we don’t know the severity of particularly the eye injury.
“I’d like to thank the manager, players and chairman as well as the fans who have offered their support so far and I hope to be back fit as soon as possible. Up the Vale.”