Wrexham goalkeeper Ben Foster has leapt to the defence of Manchester United’s Nathan Bishop following a horror injury to star striker Paul Mullin.
The 23-year-old clashed with Mullin in the first half of Wrexham’s 3-1 win over the 20-time English champions in San Diego in the early hours of this morning, with the attacker suffering a punctured lung as a result.
The challenge drew the wrath of Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson, who did not hold back in the aftermath of the game. Speaking to reporters, the former Sunderland boss said;
“I’m fuming about it, I’ve got to be honest with you. It was a clumsy, reckless challenge in a pre-season game and I’m not happy with it at all.
“We just got a call from the hospital to say there’s a small puncture in his lung. It’ll probably be tomorrow morning before we get the specialist to have a look at it.
“I haven’t seen the goalie and he’s probably best steering clear of us for the time being because we’re not very happy.”
However, Bishop has found an ally in his Wrexham counterpart through Ben Foster, who revealed that he had spoken to the former Mansfield Town loanee.
What Has Been Said?
Foster – who himself used to man the sticks at Manchester United – divulged to The United Stand that he had comforted his fellow shotstopper, saying;
“I feel so bad for Nathan (Bishop) though, he’s absolutely heartbroken.
“I passed Paul’s (Mullin) number onto Nathan so he can get in touch with him, but yeah he’s absolutely gutted, I feel for the lad.”
Accidents happen in football, and this is exactly what this was. That will be no comfort to Mullin though, who is now likely to miss the start of the League Two season in just under two weeks time.
Phil Parkinson’s comments after the game were out of line and reports state that Manchester United are furious with the Wrexham boss. Foster has shown himself to be the bigger man by taking time out to console Nathan Bishop, who himself has apologised on his social media platforms.
It is a major blow for the Red Dragons though, who will be desperate for their talisman to hit the ground running upon his return.