MP Chris Bryant breaks leg in charity rugby game
Thursday 21 April 2011
A Labour MP has broken his leg during a charity rugby match.
Former foreign office minister Chris Bryant fractured his left tibia playing at Twickenham yesterday in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
The injury occurred as he was tackled by two players from different directions.
Mr Bryant, 49, initially believed he had torn two ligaments, but the Rhondda MP visited the minor injuries unit at the newly-opened NHS Llwynypia Hospital in his constituency when pain worsened earlier today.
He had hoped to be out on the campaign trial ahead of Welsh Assembly elections on May 5.
But Mr Bryant today told his 5,438 Twitter followers: "My contribution to the Assembly campaign will now have to be sedentary!" adding: "Phone canvassing it is!"
He has been in Parliament since 2001 and has run three marathons for charity.
Recalling yesterday's fateful tackle, Mr Bryant said: "It happened just before half-time.
"I had the ball and one player tried to tackle me from the left, taking my leg in one direction, and another tried to tackle me from the right and take my leg in the opposite direction.
"I was left lying on the floor, screaming a lot of expletives."
Twickenham medical staff treated Mr Bryant at the west London ground, but no-one realised how bad the injury was.
He endured a sleepless night before going to hospital today where X-rays confirmed the break.
A nurse set his leg in temporary plaster of Paris and he is due to return to hospital next week when his damaged limb will be put in a tougher cast for six weeks.
Mr Bryant said: "I was hoping to be out campaigning but now I've got to sit at home with my leg in the air and taking two types of painkillers."
The MP added: "And we lost the match."
Mr Bryant's Commons and Lords team was beaten 55-12 by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust side, which included television presenter and charity patron Ben Shephard.
About 150 spectators witnessed yesterday's horror tackle.
A Trust spokeswoman said: "We were really pleased to have Chris playing at the match yesterday, although it's such a shame he got injured.
"We have to pay tribute to him for showing such dedication to the cause and wish him a speedy recovery."
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