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O’s midfielder James: I thought it was my shinpad

18:00 04 December 2014

Lloyd James lies on the floor after breaking his leg in the 3-2 home loss to Rochdale on September 27. Pic: Simon O'Connor.

Lloyd James lies on the floor after breaking his leg in the 3-2 home loss to Rochdale on September 27. Pic: Simon O'Connor.

Simon O"Connor 2 Burnham Road Chingford London E4 8PE

Orient man relives leg break incident.

Lloyd James’ leg break is a painful memory for the midfielder, but he initially thought it was merely his shinpad!

The Welshman came off worst in a 50/50 challenge after 25 minutes of the O’s 3-2 home loss to Rochdale back on September 27 and can certainly remember the incident.

However, the 26-year-old initially believed the crack he heard was his shinpad, only to soon realise the

seriousness of the injury.

“To be honest I thought the cracking noise was my shinpad, but then I soon realised it wasn’t that and obviously a bone instead,” said James.

“For the first couple of weeks I

literally couldn’t get out of the bed and I was in a lot of pain as well.”

Any injured footballer will tell you they miss the buzz of training and playing, but James admits it’s not just that which starts to play on your mind, especially when you have two young children to look after, or even three if you talk to his wife.

“It’s one of the worst feelings having to watch from the sidelines,” he added.

“I love football and I miss playing and training. It does make you realise how lucky you are to be doing something you love for a living.

“You miss not being able to take your kids to school and it has certainly been a tough time.

“For the first few weeks the wife must have thought she had three kids in the house!”

■ See the website tomorrow for a second piece from Lloyd James where he talks about being back amongst his team-mates, his hopeful return and Mauro Milanese.

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