Batley: Campbell injury is one of worst seen by veteran coach Kear

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THE INJURY suffered by full-back Johnny Campbell against Dewsbury Rams two days ago was one of the worst Batley Bulldogs’ veteran coach John Kear has seen.

Campbell needed lengthy treatment on the field before being taken to hospital early in the second half of Bulldogs’ 28-22 defeat in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield.

A still shocked Kear said: “It was an horrific injury and I think it has an effect on everybody at the ground. It was so bad, the Dewsbury players shielded him from the crowd when he was being treated, because they didn’t want the fans to see it.

“He’s got a very serious leg break and a badly dislocated ankle. He has had the ankle put back in, he is going to have to have the leg pinned and then he’ll have a scan to see what ligament damage there is.

“I have been in the game a long time and I’ve seen a lot [of this type of injury] and the only one I can compare it to is when Kevin Ward broke his leg playing for St Helens against Wigan. After a game I normally watch it again when I get home, but I couldn’t [on Sunday]. It has deflated everybody.”

Kear said he has been inundated with messages of support for his full-back, who was one of a number of players badly hurt during last weekend’s game.

“Once again the rugby league family is rallying round,” said the Bulldogs boss.