York City's Lanre Oyebanjo out with fractured skull

York City’s Lanre Oyebanjo after his clash of heads at Gillingham

York City’s Lanre Oyebanjo after his clash of heads at Gillingham

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YORK CITY defender Lanre Oyebanjo will be out for about six weeks after suffering a fractured skull.

The 22-year-old was injured during a sickening clash of heads with Gillingham’s Charlie Lee in the second half of the Minstermen’s 1-1 League Two draw at Priestfield Stadium on Saturday.

Former Histon player Oyebanjo was attended to by a doctor on the pitch in the aftermath of the injury, which happened in the 71st minute, but was keen to play on. He managed to carry on for more than ten minutes before bleeding from the ear finally forced him off.

Continuing to feel unwell, he was taken to hospital, x-rayed, and the fracture was discovered.

Manager Gary Mills may now move to strengthen his defence, either before Thursday’s transfer deadline day or subsequently on loan, and described Oyebanjo’s loss as a “massive blow” to the club.

“Obviously Lanre got back in the side on Saturday and the back four were doing extremely well,” he said.

“He was having a really good game, doing his job well, and then that happened. It’s another blow. It’s another defender down for us and obviously with a fractured skull he has got to be careful.

“He played on for quite a while, headed a few balls, but he started getting bleeding from his ear. He came off and later went to the hospital. He’s a strong lad, he competes well and he said he didn’t want to come off.

“Once he did come off, once his ear started bleeding, he looked like he was going to collapse.

“Neither of them should have carried on. The doctor should have stopped them both going back on.”

With Oyebanjo now joining a defensive injury list that also includes Chris Doig (ankle), David McGurk (hamstring) and Jamal Fyfield (ankle ligament), Mills was left dreaming of being able to field a settled back four as City continue to try to hang on to the coat-tails of the League Two play-off race.

“The back four were excellent on Saturday,” he added. “Until Lanre’s injury we were talking about the same back four this weekend. They are saying it could be six weeks for Lanre and it is a blow because he was doing really well.”

Asked whether he would delve into the transfer or loan market to bring in cover, Mills said: “There is a possibility of that.”

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5:06pm Mon 28 Jan 13

yorkiemike says...

This is terrible news, my heart goes out to the lad.Best wishes Lanre for a speedy recovery.
Do we really need to look for yet another player?Come on GM give some of the existing lads a chance.Parslow and Challinor can play there and whilst the manager seems to think Fyfield is a problem I don`t agree.He needs encouragement not constant knocking.We have other youngsters who can cover the left back position, especially when McGurk and Doig are fit again.
This is terrible news, my heart goes out to the lad.Best wishes Lanre for a speedy recovery. Do we really need to look for yet another player?Come on GM give some of the existing lads a chance.Parslow and Challinor can play there and whilst the manager seems to think Fyfield is a problem I don`t agree.He needs encouragement not constant knocking.We have other youngsters who can cover the left back position, especially when McGurk and Doig are fit again. yorkiemike
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5:10pm Mon 28 Jan 13

nudger says...

what a brave couple of guys to carry on after that collision. Lanre was having a massive game for us and all fans will wish him the speediest of recoveries. The back five were outstanding on Saturday looking really secure against an aerial bombardment. The goal came from a cross that Lanre would have cleared at his back stick, a point that seems to have been overlooked so far.
what a brave couple of guys to carry on after that collision. Lanre was having a massive game for us and all fans will wish him the speediest of recoveries. The back five were outstanding on Saturday looking really secure against an aerial bombardment. The goal came from a cross that Lanre would have cleared at his back stick, a point that seems to have been overlooked so far. nudger
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5:10pm Mon 28 Jan 13

/kev/null says...

This explains why he was in York A&E late on Saturday night then. Did he leave it until then to get treatment? Hardcore!
This explains why he was in York A&E late on Saturday night then. Did he leave it until then to get treatment? Hardcore! /kev/null
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5:13pm Mon 28 Jan 13

oldmanvecrayke says...

Ouch!!!!!!! I hope he's not played on too long and made things worse for himself.
Ouch!!!!!!! I hope he's not played on too long and made things worse for himself. oldmanvecrayke
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5:14pm Mon 28 Jan 13

OLD - HEAD says...

What terrible news for the lad, he has perhaps been lucky, for he could have suffered a more serious injury by playing on at Gillingham. Fortunately we do have people who can cover at right back until Lanre is fit again.
What terrible news for the lad, he has perhaps been lucky, for he could have suffered a more serious injury by playing on at Gillingham. Fortunately we do have people who can cover at right back until Lanre is fit again. OLD - HEAD
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5:33pm Mon 28 Jan 13

RooBeck says...

Get well soon Lanre,and hope next season you can be free of injuries and bad luck such as this. GM and staff should be looking to building a successful team around young promising players like you and City fans will well remember, your second-halfdefensive bravery against Luton at Wembley, that was one of the main reasons for us winning promotion on that memorable Sunday afternoon in May!! COYR.
Get well soon Lanre,and hope next season you can be free of injuries and bad luck such as this. GM and staff should be looking to building a successful team around young promising players like you and City fans will well remember, your second-halfdefensive bravery against Luton at Wembley, that was one of the main reasons for us winning promotion on that memorable Sunday afternoon in May!! COYR. RooBeck
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5:35pm Mon 28 Jan 13

rogue84 says...

wow, serious respect for playing on! these are the kind of players we need at this club, although playing with a broken skull is pushing the ycfc love a bit far....some things are always more important. get well and back on the pitch soon.
wow, serious respect for playing on! these are the kind of players we need at this club, although playing with a broken skull is pushing the ycfc love a bit far....some things are always more important. get well and back on the pitch soon. rogue84
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6:12pm Mon 28 Jan 13

tomwillo1 says...

Terrible news. Lanre would be my 1st choice right back everytime! Hope he gets well soon, will probably have to wear a Petr Cech mask now!
Terrible news. Lanre would be my 1st choice right back everytime! Hope he gets well soon, will probably have to wear a Petr Cech mask now! tomwillo1
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6:13pm Mon 28 Jan 13

bartsimmo says...

Hmmm medical professionalism seems a bit lacking in this situation especially considering it was a head injury!

Thoughts with Banjo and wishing you a speedy recovery!

Challinor and Parslow more than capable of covering at right back which means you will have to play midfielders in midfield for sure now Mills! (Even though Challinor is a midfielder and not right back, so many people seem to forget that!)
Hmmm medical professionalism seems a bit lacking in this situation especially considering it was a head injury! Thoughts with Banjo and wishing you a speedy recovery! Challinor and Parslow more than capable of covering at right back which means you will have to play midfielders in midfield for sure now Mills! (Even though Challinor is a midfielder and not right back, so many people seem to forget that!) bartsimmo
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6:39pm Mon 28 Jan 13

brahma says...

Not there on Saturday, so didn't witness the incident, but I remember Bolton's Paul Hallows fracturing his skull in a clash of heads at Bootham Crescent in January 1972. Sickening noise, followed by absolute silence from the crowd.
Not there on Saturday, so didn't witness the incident, but I remember Bolton's Paul Hallows fracturing his skull in a clash of heads at Bootham Crescent in January 1972. Sickening noise, followed by absolute silence from the crowd. brahma
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7:35pm Mon 28 Jan 13

play up city says...

Get well soon Lanre from all the ciyt faithfull and wishig you a speedy recovery
Get well soon Lanre from all the ciyt faithfull and wishig you a speedy recovery play up city
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7:37pm Mon 28 Jan 13

play up city says...

play up city wrote:
Get well soon Lanre from all the ciyt faithfull and wishig you a speedy recovery
Get well soon Lanre from all the city faithfull and wishing you a speedy recovery”
[quote][p][bold]play up city[/bold] wrote: Get well soon Lanre from all the ciyt faithfull and wishig you a speedy recovery[/p][/quote]Get well soon Lanre from all the city faithfull and wishing you a speedy recovery” play up city
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8:14pm Mon 28 Jan 13

YorkCityLuke says...

RooBeck wrote:
Get well soon Lanre,and hope next season you can be free of injuries and bad luck such as this. GM and staff should be looking to building a successful team around young promising players like you and City fans will well remember, your second-halfdefensive bravery against Luton at Wembley, that was one of the main reasons for us winning promotion on that memorable Sunday afternoon in May!! COYR.
Too right, your post inspired me to re-watch the highlights and Banjo put in a couple of absolutely crucial last ditch tackles/ blocks in the second half, without a thought for his own health. Hope he mends quickly.
[quote][p][bold]RooBeck[/bold] wrote: Get well soon Lanre,and hope next season you can be free of injuries and bad luck such as this. GM and staff should be looking to building a successful team around young promising players like you and City fans will well remember, your second-halfdefensive bravery against Luton at Wembley, that was one of the main reasons for us winning promotion on that memorable Sunday afternoon in May!! COYR.[/p][/quote]Too right, your post inspired me to re-watch the highlights and Banjo put in a couple of absolutely crucial last ditch tackles/ blocks in the second half, without a thought for his own health. Hope he mends quickly. YorkCityLuke
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8:43pm Mon 28 Jan 13

YO1 says...

What a brave guy. I can't imagine what pain he must have been in at the time. Having broken the odd bone, I know the pain gets worse over the first 24 hours so good luck on your recovery Lanre.
What a brave guy. I can't imagine what pain he must have been in at the time. Having broken the odd bone, I know the pain gets worse over the first 24 hours so good luck on your recovery Lanre. YO1
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8:48pm Mon 28 Jan 13

YO1 says...

The Gillingham lad looked like he was going to collapse when he came off the second time. Lanre played on.
The Gillingham lad looked like he was going to collapse when he came off the second time. Lanre played on. YO1
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8:56pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Yorkieroy60 says...

Yes shades of him putting his head and body on the line in the Play Off Final against Luton-never to be forgotten!
Echo the above good wishes for a speedy recovery.
Yes shades of him putting his head and body on the line in the Play Off Final against Luton-never to be forgotten! Echo the above good wishes for a speedy recovery. Yorkieroy60
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12:26am Tue 29 Jan 13

cityforthepremier says...

bartsimmo wrote:
Hmmm medical professionalism seems a bit lacking in this situation especially considering it was a head injury!

Thoughts with Banjo and wishing you a speedy recovery!

Challinor and Parslow more than capable of covering at right back which means you will have to play midfielders in midfield for sure now Mills! (Even though Challinor is a midfielder and not right back, so many people seem to forget that!)
I didn't realise YCFC staff had xray vision? Surely your not implying they are incompetent for not diagmosing a skull fracture on the pitch???
[quote][p][bold]bartsimmo[/bold] wrote: Hmmm medical professionalism seems a bit lacking in this situation especially considering it was a head injury! Thoughts with Banjo and wishing you a speedy recovery! Challinor and Parslow more than capable of covering at right back which means you will have to play midfielders in midfield for sure now Mills! (Even though Challinor is a midfielder and not right back, so many people seem to forget that!)[/p][/quote]I didn't realise YCFC staff had xray vision? Surely your not implying they are incompetent for not diagmosing a skull fracture on the pitch??? cityforthepremier
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8:33am Tue 29 Jan 13

uhtred says...

cityforthepremier wrote:
bartsimmo wrote:
Hmmm medical professionalism seems a bit lacking in this situation especially considering it was a head injury!

Thoughts with Banjo and wishing you a speedy recovery!

Challinor and Parslow more than capable of covering at right back which means you will have to play midfielders in midfield for sure now Mills! (Even though Challinor is a midfielder and not right back, so many people seem to forget that!)
I didn't realise YCFC staff had xray vision? Surely your not implying they are incompetent for not diagmosing a skull fracture on the pitch???
bleeding from the ear is a symptom of a potential fractured skull, paticularly if straw coloured;basic first aid. However this did not materialise until after he went off according to the report.
[quote][p][bold]cityforthepremier[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bartsimmo[/bold] wrote: Hmmm medical professionalism seems a bit lacking in this situation especially considering it was a head injury! Thoughts with Banjo and wishing you a speedy recovery! Challinor and Parslow more than capable of covering at right back which means you will have to play midfielders in midfield for sure now Mills! (Even though Challinor is a midfielder and not right back, so many people seem to forget that!)[/p][/quote]I didn't realise YCFC staff had xray vision? Surely your not implying they are incompetent for not diagmosing a skull fracture on the pitch???[/p][/quote]bleeding from the ear is a symptom of a potential fractured skull, paticularly if straw coloured;basic first aid. However this did not materialise until after he went off according to the report. uhtred
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12:39pm Tue 29 Jan 13

nick clogg says...

YO1 wrote:
What a brave guy. I can't imagine what pain he must have been in at the time. Having broken the odd bone, I know the pain gets worse over the first 24 hours so good luck on your recovery Lanre.
Same here!
[quote][p][bold]YO1[/bold] wrote: What a brave guy. I can't imagine what pain he must have been in at the time. Having broken the odd bone, I know the pain gets worse over the first 24 hours so good luck on your recovery Lanre.[/p][/quote]Same here! nick clogg
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1:12pm Tue 29 Jan 13

TerryYork says...

Lanre is immense. Look at how he was made of steel in the playoff final. He literally took two Luton players out of the game when they tried to get the ball past him (by standing his ground and them colliding with him).

Get well some fella!
Lanre is immense. Look at how he was made of steel in the playoff final. He literally took two Luton players out of the game when they tried to get the ball past him (by standing his ground and them colliding with him). Get well some fella! TerryYork
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1:53pm Tue 29 Jan 13

YoRkIe59 says...

theres been a lot of talk on here about some of Gm,s duff signings of late,up to a point maybe justifiably but Lanre has to down has one of his many successes
theres been a lot of talk on here about some of Gm,s duff signings of late,up to a point maybe justifiably but Lanre has to down has one of his many successes YoRkIe59
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2:22pm Tue 29 Jan 13

paddymacwakey says...

its always the good players that get injured.oyebanjo,mcc
ready,coulson,chambe
rs,mcgurk.like mills said,we had just got the back four settled,now we are back to square one.like everyone on here said,good luck and get well soon banjo.
its always the good players that get injured.oyebanjo,mcc ready,coulson,chambe rs,mcgurk.like mills said,we had just got the back four settled,now we are back to square one.like everyone on here said,good luck and get well soon banjo. paddymacwakey
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4:06pm Tue 29 Jan 13

omse82 says...

Derry Journal reporting again on Dean Jarvis happening before thursday, looks a good signing.

http://www.derryjour
nal.com/sport/footba
ll/jarvis-to-become-
a-minster-man-1-4730
323
Derry Journal reporting again on Dean Jarvis happening before thursday, looks a good signing. http://www.derryjour nal.com/sport/footba ll/jarvis-to-become- a-minster-man-1-4730 323 omse82
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4:31pm Tue 29 Jan 13

ian923 says...

David McDaid signed from Derry City and awaiting international clearance.Should be available for Saturday.
David McDaid signed from Derry City and awaiting international clearance.Should be available for Saturday. ian923
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