While Clint Dempsey enjoyed his FA Cup match on Saturday, the same could not be said for Birmingham City’s Will Packwood. Packwood got the start at right back, but ended up breaking his tibia and fibula after landing awkwardly in the second half of Birmingham City’s 1-1 draw to Leeds United.
The Blues boss told bcfc.com: “I think the early diagnosis is a break to both the fibula and tibia, so it took the gloss off a fantastic performance by us today. His young team-mates and friends were distraught on the pitch; in tears. I tried to get them refocused and I just said to them let’s try and win the game for Will, but we couldn’t do it.
“We were brilliant and I thought we deserved to win the game. But we’ve lost a good young player who’s a magnificent kid. We love him to bits at the football club. He’s so honest and genuine and he’s a good pro.
“It’s not actually his proper position right-back. He’s played his entire career as a young lad as a centre-half and he must be in double figures for appearances at right-back for us now. He just gets on with it. We’re going to give him the best care possible and get him back fitter and stronger next season and he’ll have the support of everybody at the club.”
The US U-20 defender just tweeted that he is going into surgery this morning.
Packwood’s first season with Birmingham City’s senior team has now come to an end after starting in five league games, one Capital One Cup match and Saturday’s FA Cup appearance. The injury will also knock him out of February’s CONCACAF U-20 Championship and likely June’s U-20 World Cup if the US were to qualify.