Welsh Rugby Player's Knee 'Ripped Open' After Horrific Injury
A Welsh Rugby Union player had to be driven to the changing rooms in the boot of a supporters car after his knee was torn open in a bizarre and horrific injury.
Ryan Crandon was playing away from home for Risca Athletic against Bargoed in the WRU Conference when he carried the ball in and took a blow to his knee.
Even thought the game had only just started he realised that his involvement was over when he discovered that he couldn't walk and noticed that his entire knee had split open, leaving a gruesome wound.
The opposition coach, Gareth McCarthy, grabbed a spectator to get his car, they loaded the 23-year-old second row forward into the boot, and drove him to the changing rooms.
He then spent two nights in Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport before returning home.
Ryan told Wales Online: "I carried from a lineout close to the Bargoed line and ran into one of their players.
"He went flying that bad his boot got caught into the side of my knee and ripped all of it open.
"I could see all the flesh hanging out and I thought there were bones coming out as well. When I stood up the knee opened up even more.
Believe it or not, these pictures were not taken immediately after the event, but once it had been cleaned up. We can only imagine what it must have looked like out there on the rugby field.
Ryan continued: "The picture I tweeted out was a tidied up version of the injury.
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"After taking an X-ray the doctors thought they could see a piece of metal on the scan deep into my knee. It turned out to be a piece of calcium that was growing by itself in the knee, so they took that growth away.
"I know I have a lot of stitches in the knee, both internal and external which will come out in 10 days time."
Fortunately, the people of Welsh Rugby knew when to put a rivalry aside, and Ryan is incredibly thankful for the quick actions of members of the opposition.
Of their coach, he said: "He's a credit to Bargoed. He got some random person to open the boot of their car up and he didn't leave my side until my father turned up to take me to hospital.
"To be fair to Gareth he's been texting me finding out how I am and I can't praise him enough."
He is now facing a race against time to be fit for a fundraising match for Motor Neurone Disease in June.
MND is a subject close to his heart, having lost his mother to the illness 4 years ago.
He added: "This year there's a little lad from the area who has a child's version of MND so we're doing a game on June 2 for him at Risca RFC so I'm trying to get fit for that game to give this lad the best living we can,"
Good luck to him.
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