Young Shropshire football fanatic Jamie Thomas is sure to remember his first match watching his sporting heroes - because Wayne Rooney broke his wrist. The nine-year-old was watching Manchester United for the first time when a stray shot caught his arm and left him needing hospital treatment.
Young Shropshire football fanatic Jamie Thomas is sure to remember his first match watching his sporting heroes - because Wayne Rooney broke his wrist.
The nine-year-old from Wem was watching Manchester United for the first time when a stray shot from the £250,000-a-week striker caught his arm and left him needing hospital treatment.
Jamie, who attends St Peter's Primary School, broke his wrist after trying to block Rooney's wayward thunderbolt in the warm up before their game with Wolves at Molineux on Sunday.
It left Jamie, who was sat on the front row of the Jack Harris Stand, missing most of the second half being treated by first aiders.
Rooney is not believed to have been aware of the incident.
Jamie's father Andy said: "It was his first Man Utd game and we were in the Wolves end because somebody got us tickets.
"We were sat on the first row right at the front. We were with my nephew, Jamie's uncle, his sister and her brother.
"The players were warming up and Rooney and Hernandez were taking a few shots. Rooney missed one and it was coming straight towards Jamie so he put out his hands to stop it hitting him and it broke his wrist.
"At first we thought it was just bruising but Jamie wasn't enjoying the game so we went to first aid. We ended up missing most of the second half.
"They wanted us to go to Wolverhampton hospital but we were catching the train so we went to Shrewsbury instead.
"They said it was a clean break and he has to go back in a couple of weeks.
"He went back to school yesterday and has had his friends signing his cast. He can't write with his hand and we are having to help him get changed."
He added: "It shook him up a bit but he's fine about it now and I don't think it's put him off going to other games.
"I don't think Rooney realised what he had done otherwise I am sure he would have come over."
A spokesman for Manchester United said: “Wayne did not have any idea this had happened. He has now signed a shirt for Jamie and will be writing to him to apologise.”
A Wolves spokesman said Jamie has also been invited to watch the squad train.
Both Jamie and his dad are also Shrewsbury Town fans and try and watch them regularly.Subscribe to our Newsletter