FORMER Celtic player Josh Thompson suffered a horrific, career threatening injury at the weekend. Playing for Southport against Wealdstone on Saturday, Thompson suffered a serious knee injury and was stretchered off midway through the second half in the FA Trophy match.

The 25-year-old, who also played for Portsmouth, will now need major reconstructive surgery this week to determine whether he will ever play again,

Southport  released a statement on the injury and revealed that Thompson had “suffered a catastrophic injury to his patella” adding “sadly, Josh faces a considerable battle to be able to play football again.”

Thompson was taken by ambulance from Southport’s Merseyrail Community Stadium to hospital, and was accompanied by his parents and club physio Luke McCall. he was later discharged once his pain levels had subsided.

The former Celtic and England Under-19 international saw a specialist yesterday and will now face surgery over the next day or two.

Thompson began his career at Stockport before Tony Mowbray signed him for Celtic in 2009 and he played 18 times for the Hoops.

After leaving Parkhead he has spells at various clubs south of the border including Rochdale, Peterborough, Chesterfield, Portsmouth,  Colchester and Tranmere before signing for Southport.

Everyone in the Celtic support will wish Josh and hope that he makes a full recovery.


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