Wednesday 21 February 2018

Hoban not to blame for injury – McBride

Derry City's Ryan McBride
Derry City's Ryan McBride
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Derry City defender Ryan McBride has absolved Dundalk striker Pat Hoban of any blame for his part in their collision in Monday's Airtricity League encounter which led to the centre-half swallowing his tongue and spending two nights in hospital.

McBride left Drogheda's Lourdes Hospital, with his situation having led to a row between Hoban and Derry boss Roddy Collins, who has alleged that the Galwegian showed an intent to injure an opponent in his side's 3-0 win.

However, McBride revealed that Hoban had been in contact and doesn't feel there was any nastiness at play. "I don't think he meant it," he said. "He sent me a text saying he felt sorry for what happened and told me he didn't mean to do it and he was hoping I was okay.

"I don't remember much about the actual incident. I know I won the ball first, but I don't remember the aftermath and getting stretchered off the pitch.

"I don't think he intentionally went out to do me damage. In football, you do everything to win three points and score goals, but you don't go out to hurt people."

McBride will miss his side's clash with Athlone tomorrow and faces a further fortnight on the sidelines.

Irish Independent

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