By SAMMY WEJINYA
Rivers United team doctor, Chukwuemeka Agi, has revealed that ace forward, Frederick Obomate, was only lucky to have recovered from his leg injury to return to professional football.
Disclosing that he was diagnosed of incomplete fracture, Dr Agi said the development may have resulted from the over use of his legs.
“Obomate Frederick complained about pain in his leg and when we investigated and examined me, we realized it might have been as a result of overuse.
“So we asked him to run some investigations which he did and what it revealed was that one of the leg bones had an incomplete fracture/break which we refer to as a stress fracture in medical terms.
“It is something that occurs from overuse so he was referred to an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Bob Yellowe who also examined him and asked for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test.
“With those in place, he was able to treat him, giving both drugs and putting him on Plaster of Paris (POP) to ensure that the leg was well-rested.
“He subsequently improved. This injury occurred between late October and early December, 2016.
“He was on POP for close to two months before rehabilitation commenced.
“Some players never return from such kinds of injuries because the incomplete fracture becomes complete because of overuse.
“However, in his (Obomate’s) own case, it healed properly and completely.
“I must commend the sponsor of the team, the Rivers State Government via the Sports Ministry for consistently making the welfare of players, health inclusive, top priority by responding to our call in this case.
“Obomate is now out of the woods and is now able to assist the team,” Dr Agi concluded.