David Weir has offered his support to Jamie McDonagh after the Sheffield United youngster sustained a serious injury on international duty with Northern Ireland, writes James Shield.
McDonagh suffered a double leg fracture during an under-19 fixture against Scotland earlier this week and is now recovering after surgery.
Weir, who had been impressed with the teenager’s progress since taking charge of the League One club earlier this summer, said: “I telephoned Jamie as soon as I heard what had happened. You can’t help but feel desperately sorry for him, especially when you think he was representing his country which will have been such a proud moment.
“Jamie had done really well for us lately and we gave him a run out during the friendly against Alfreton because we were pleased with both his work and his attitude.
“There’s no disguising the fact it’s going to be a big blow for Jamie but hopefully he’ll come back as strong as ever from this. He’s a good lad and a good player.”
Weir, whose first team squad return to League One action when Colchester visit Bramall Lane tomorrow, added: “We’ll do everything we can for Jamie in the meantime.”