Chris Basham injury: Sheffield Utd star breaks silence and reveals latest info after horror Fulham incident

Chris Basham

Chris Basham injury: Sheffield Utd star was forced out of his side's 3-1 defeat to Fulham

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 08/10/2023

- 12:54

Updated: 08/10/2023

- 12:55

The defender was forced out of his side's 3-1 defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon

Sheffield United star Chris Basham has opened up on his horror injury after being forced out of his side's 3-1 defeat to Fulham on Saturday.

The defender went down in the first half and required urgent medical attention.

Injuries that are too graphic to publish in this article show Basham's leg twisted all the way round.

The Sheffield United star required oxygen as he lay down on the turf at Craven Cottage, with Fulham star Tim Ream quick on the scene to provide support.

Basham's injury led to a lengthy absence in west London.

However, he was able to manage a thumbs up to fans inside the ground as he was stretchered off the field of play.

Now, the 35-year-old has taken to social media to provide an update - revealing he's already had one operation having been carried off the pitch by medics.

"Devastated with my injury in yesterdays game, had my first operation to clean things up and will have a second this week to make things right," he said.

"Would like to thank the football world for there support in messages and social media posts all my close friends and family to Sheffield united for taking care of me and @fulhamfc for there support in the process @timream5 for being there and putting football aside.

"Catch up with updates in the coming weeks, Bash."

Footballers have already flooded in with supportive messages, with Manchester United defender Harry Maguire saying: "Thinking of you mate."

Ream responded by saying: "Thinking of you pal!

"Rest up and get right."

Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale also weighed in by saying: "With you mate."

And former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam also sent a supportive message, saying: "Thinking of you big man."

Blades boss Paul Heckingbottom was asked about Basham's injury in the immediate aftermath of his side's defeat.

And he responded by saying: “He’s where he needs to be, in hospital with the doctors and the medical team.

"No-one wants to see that, ever, and when you’re involved in it, and it’s one of your players, it’s far far worse.

“I’ve been on a pitch with a teammate and involved when it’s someone else but when it’s one of your players it’s tough and you can see that with the players.

"No [diagnosis] but you guys have seen the pictures, it’s terrible, it’s horrific.

“I don’t know what the next step will be, but he’s where he needs to be and that’s the most important thing.

"Everyone could see he needs to be in hospital. We’ve lost a good player, had to make changes we didn’t want to change. We can’t blame that.

"It’s going to affect us but it’s going to affect us for the season.”

Addressing his side's defeat, Heckingbottom also made it clear he was disappointed with the team performed - with Sheffield United still rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.


Chris Basham

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“We made the adjustments at half-time and I was happy with how we came out,” added the 46-year-old.

“But [Fulham’s first goal] shows we still have a naivety at this level and the difference is probably that speed of thought, when they broke.

"When we lost the ball at the throw-in there’s no way they should be breaking on us. But they did.”

Sheffield United are next in action against Manchester United on October 21, after the international break.

The Red Devils will head into that contest on a high after a pulsating 2-1 victory over Brentford on Saturday, with two late goals from Scott McTominay giving them all three points.

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