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Port Vale's Adam Yates suffers 'horrendous' injuries

Port Vale defender, Adam Yates Photo: BPM

Port Vale's Adam Yates has suffered 'horrendous' injuries after fracturing his nose, cheekbones, eye sockets and breaking his jaw and wrist in a reserve match.

The defender must wait to see if he has suffered any long-term damage after a collision with goalkeeper Sam Hornby left him with the series of injuries.

The 34-year-old, from Werrington, Staffordshire, has also had to have stitches above and under his left eye and must wait to find out if there has been long-term damage to his vision.

Yates was playing in a reserve game against Morecambe on the Valiants' Bycars training pitch on Tuesday (November 28) when he collided with Hornby as they both went for a loose ball.

He was kept in hospital in Tuesday night before being released on Wednesday.

Adam sustained the injuries during a reserve game Credit: BPM

He missed the whole of last season after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury and spent plenty of that time helping the club’s community scheme.

After years of a relatively problem-free career, I’ve suffered the two worst injuries I could have imagined during the past 18 months, but the most recent could inflict long-term damage, and at this stage we don’t know the severity of particularly the eye injury.

– Port Vale, Adam Yates

Port Vale manager Neil Aspin described the injuries as horrendous and among the worst he has seen on a football pitch.

Everybody’s thoughts are with him at the moment because he suffered an horrendous injury in the reserve game.

I have never seen, on a football pitch, someone get the extent of the injuries he has got. It is really bad luck for him and we are all disappointed because we know what sort of lad and character he is. It is a real shame for him, you don’t want to see that happen.

– Port Vale, Neil Aspin

Yates is the Valiants' longest-serving player having made 248 appearances since he joined the club in 2009.