Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Unlucky Christie Told This Is Not the End

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Unlucky Christie Told This Is Not the End

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Byline: By Damian Spellman

Middlesbrough striker Malcolm Christie has been assured his career is not in jeopardy after suffering another bout of injury misery.

The 25-year-old former Derby star was yesterday ruled out for the rest of the season after tests revealed he picked up a stress fracture of his left foot in last Saturday's 1-0 win over Blackburn.

Christie was just two games into his comeback from two broken legs when the latest blow struck, leaving him devastated.

However, Boro boss Steve McClaren has been assured that the new injury is not connected with his previous misfortunes and insisted that Christie's career is not at risk.

"No, no, no," he said. "It's a stress fracture and something that I think had been coming on and was aggravated last week in the game.

"It was a bit sore afterwards and upon further investigation, he's got a stress fracture there, so it's not ideal for the lad. But there's nothing you can do, it's part and parcel of football life."

Christie, who has played just 26 times for Boro in more than two years on Teesside, faces yet another long haul back to fitness, but is already plotting his return.

"The reaction came from him," said McClaren. "There was such disappointment to learn that his season is practically over, but he said he'll be back.

"After coming back from two broken legs this will be relatively easy.

"It's unbelievable, not just for the individual but for the football club. We just seem to be getting one injury after another and nothing you can do anything about, broken bones or ligament injuries.

"We are saddened and shocked by the news on Malcolm, who had made a fantastic comeback from two broken legs, got back to playing football, looked very, very good, very sharp, and then to get this which rules him out for the rest of the season is a devastating blow to Malcolm.

"But he knows he can come back to this level, he knows it's not a re-injury, it's a new injury and when he's back, he knows next season, he'll be as sharp as anything. …

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