BRIAN SCIARETTA - Sunday, January 6, 2013
Birmingham City youngster Will Packwood, one of the top young American players, suffered a gruesome broken leg in FA Cup action against Leeds.
In the 66th minute, Packwood went up for a header and collided with Leeds United striker Luciano Becchio. On his way down, Packwood landed awkwardly and a loud snap was heard.
"He's at Leeds Hospital now," Birmingham City press officer Andy Walker told YA. "Suggestion is that he's broken his tibia and fibula."
The timetable for his return is not known at this time but his first scheduled surgery was scheduled for Sunday. Packwood revealed on twitter that it was suspected that he had double breaks in both his tibia and fibula.
The game ended 1-1 but n the post game press conference all the discussion was on Packwood. Birmingham City manager Lee Clark was distraught as he went into detail on the injury that will cost the Boston native the rest of the season and well into the 2013/14 as well.
It will also cost Packwood, 19, a chance to play for the US U20 national team at the World Cup this summer in Turkey should the Americans qualify next month.
"Packwood has suffered a horrendous leg break," said Birmingham manager Lee Clark. "It took the gloss off a fantastic performance. "Will's young teammates and friends are distraught, they were in tears. I said, 'Let's try and win the game for Will.' We couldn't quite do it but I thought we deserved to do so. We will give him as much care and support as possible and have him back fit and strong for next season."