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City FC launch probe after injury in training

AN INTERNAL investigation has been launched by Chester City FC after a training ground incident which left midfielder David Mannix with facial injuries.

AN INTERNAL investigation has been launched by Chester City FC after a training ground incident which left midfielder David Mannix with facial injuries.

Last Friday lunchtime Mannix, 23, was taken by ambulance from the ground at Bank Farm, off Sealand Road, to the Countess of Chester Hospital’s accident and emergency department.

Reports on the internet suggest Mannix may have suffered a fractured cheek bone. It is believed another player was involved although his identity has not been confirmed.

Cheshire police attended the training ground and also went to hospital to speak to Mr Mannix, who did not play in Sunday’s 2-1 home defeat to Port Vale.

Cheshire Constabulary says it has now passed the matter on to North Wales Police as the alleged incident happened over the border, although its Colwyn Bay-based Press office could not find any reference on its computer system.

Chester City FC managing director Bob Gray said: “There is an internal investigation into the training ground incident. Whatever the findings are, he will be dealt with according to the disciplinary procedure if it’s found it did take place.”

Mr Gray said the police were not involved at this stage although the football club would support Mr Mannix if he decided to press charges.

Mr Gray said he had spoken to Mr Mannix and his family at length and he was “feeling OK”.

“He may be off a few weeks or maybe a few days. Whenever he wants to come back into the team that’s up to him.”

 

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