Young footballer forced to retire

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An island man has spoken of his disappointment at having to hang up his football boots at the age of just 22 after suffering a horror injury while playing the game he loves.

Last month, Duncan Macrae suffered a fractured skull while keeping goal for Harris following a collision with an opponent during the match which resulted in the youngster requiring a four-hour operation and 53 staples to repair his head.

And now speaking as he recovers from home Macrae, and his concerned parents Chris and Donna, have urged footballers to be careful on the football field where an injury can affect the rest of a player’s life.

“I now have four metal plates in my head,” began Duncan, “and the doctors have advised me not to play any contact sports again so I know I can’t play senior football again incase something happened to me.”

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