Higginbotham holds Sidibe hope
Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham is hoping that the injury suffered by team-mate Mamady Sidibe is 'not too serious'.
By Subhankar Mondal
Last Updated: 27/10/11 10:57am
Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham is hoping that the injury suffered by team-mate Mamady Sidibe is "not too serious".
Sidibe suffered knee damage during the reserve team's 6-2 victory over Port Vale away from home on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old forward needed oxygen during his treatment on the pitch before being taken off on a stretcher, and is now facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The Malian was playing in only his second match since returning from injury, and Higginbotham sympathises with the former Swansea City and Gillingham player who has been plagued by fitness issues over the last two-and-a-half years.
"What happened to Mama makes the match irrelevant," the 32-year-old said in The Sentinel.
"What he has been through in these last couple of years is terrible.
"I've got close to him because we've had a long recuperation together and this is horrible.
"He's the nicest lad you could ever meet and he will do anything for anyone.
"I'm just praying it is not too serious and he can bounce back again."