Joe Hodge

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Sadly Joe has not kicked a ball for Derry City. Apparently a hairline fracture of the back was discovered and he is back in Manchester. Hopefully he won't be another rising star shot down by persistent injury issues. Interestingly ex City youth, Will Patching is now on loan at Derry City from Dundalk and provided the cross for Derry's equaliser tonight. Many here had high hopes for Patching but at 22 he has a long ladder to climb.
Damn shame about Hodge, sounds like something that just needs time.

I remember Patching alongside Foden at 14 or 15, a tall and elegant player whose style was quite a contrast to Phil's hustle & bustle. I'd have sworn he was the same age but hopefully he can kick on.
 

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Sadly Joe has not kicked a ball for Derry City. Apparently a hairline fracture of the back was discovered and he is back in Manchester. Hopefully he won't be another rising star shot down by persistent injury issues. Interestingly ex City youth, Will Patching is now on loan at Derry City from Dundalk and provided the cross for Derry's equaliser tonight. Many here had high hopes for Patching but at 22 he has a long ladder to climb.
Patching looked like a future International at one time,it just shows how frequently things can change and the difficulties these youngsters face.
Hopefully he gets back to a decent level.

Regards Joe,a huge shame.Again,hopefully he recovers and kicks on as he too looks a great talent.
 

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Patching looked like a future International at one time,it just shows how frequently things can change and the difficulties these youngsters face.
Hopefully he gets back to a decent level.

Regards Joe,a huge shame.Again,hopefully he recovers and kicks on as he too looks a great talent.


Hodge did indeed looked like a huge talent. I`m sure we all wish him all the very best and a speedy recovery.
 

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Sadly Joe has not kicked a ball for Derry City. Apparently a hairline fracture of the back was discovered and he is back in Manchester. Hopefully he won't be another rising star shot down by persistent injury issues. Interestingly ex City youth, Will Patching is now on loan at Derry City from Dundalk and provided the cross for Derry's equaliser tonight. Many here had high hopes for Patching but at 22 he has a long ladder to climb.

He seems incredibly unfortunate. Wasn't it a broken leg or something similar that kept him out for a long time previously?

If it was a case of multiple soft tissue injuries then it would also be sad to see but at least we have a better idea of where to stand. Fractures and other impact injuries are another matter.

That being said, I'm not a doctor and could well be talking out of my arse.
 

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