Pompey Academy defender Yates suffers serious ankle injury

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POMPEY Academy defender Dory Yates suffered a serious ankle injury in today’s game against Yeovil.

The centre-half was taken to hospital with a suspected broken ankle but awaits a scan to see what the extent of the injury is.

This is the second time the teenager has suffered a serious injury after he broke his leg in February 2013.

He returned to the squad at the end of last season after 11 months out.

Academy coach Mikey Harris said it was hard to say how long he would be out for this time.

‘Until the scan is done, we don’t know how long he will be out for,’ he said.

Even if he has come away without a fracture, it is still a serious injury

Mikey Harris

‘We thought it was a fracture or a break but we are hoping and have our fingers crossed that it is just a dislocation.

‘Even if he has come away without a fracture, it is still a serious injury.’

Yates got injured in the 1-0 loss after he jumped for a header and landed awkwardly. Harris said they knew straight away it was bad by the look of his foot.

He added: ‘We were all quite shocked and a lot of the lads were shook up because it isn’t something you want to see.

‘He is a great lad and a leader within the team.

‘Dory has got that experience of going through this from when he broke his leg and I am sure whatever is thrown at him, he will do the same thing and battle through it.’