Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Defender's Injury Blow Mars Boro Cup Victory; More Agony for Jinxed Williams

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Defender's Injury Blow Mars Boro Cup Victory; More Agony for Jinxed Williams

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Byline: Williams

BARNSLEY 0 MIDDLESBROUGH 2 INJURY-JINXED Middlesbrough defender Rhys Williams faces a scan today on the nightmare Achilles injury which could wreck another season.

The Boro man lasted barely a minute of Boro's 2-0 third-round FA Cup win at Barnsley on his first start for a year.

The Teessiders eased to victory at Oakwell with second-half goals from Jelle Vossen and Daniel Ayala to go into tonight's draw.

However, boss Aitor Karanjka admitted: "All our thoughts are with Rhys right now."

The Australian international rightback was stretchered off in tears before he had even touched the ball amid fears his Achilles tendon has suffered a second rupture.

He suffered the initial severe tear at the end of January last year in a 0-0 Riverside draw with Wigan but has worked hard to get back into Karanka's squad.

Williams came of the bench for a six minute Boxing Day cameo in the 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest and was looking forward to a run-out against League One Barnsley.

Now it is touch and go whether he will play again this season.

Karanka admitted he felt deep sympathy for the unlucky Aussie.

He said: "We won the game but it was not a good day for us. The worst thing is a very serious injury to Rhys. I wish him all the best.

"We will know more after he has a scan but it does not look good for him.

"It looks like it is an important injury and a long-term injury.

"We are not sure yet if it's exactly the same as the last injury but we think it could be similar and that's the worst possible thing for him.

"I just want to pass on to him my best wishes. Myself and all the players feel for Rhys and we all hope for the best possible news."

Williams, 26, has endured injury hell in recent years with three of the last four seasons wrecked.

He missed the 2010 World Cup after being sidelined for a year with a pelvic injury, then after a solid season he suffered an ankle injury which ruled him out for six months in 2012.

He had just played his way back to full fitness - and into Australian World Cup contention for Brazil last summer - when he suffered his first Achilles blow. …

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