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Armand Gnanduillet's Flexible Finger

9 February 2015

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Spireites striker Armand Gnanduillet suffered a bizarre injury in the first half of Saturday's 1-0 win at Notts County, dislocating his finger in the first half.

The dislocation came after just eight minutes when Gnanduillet was clattered on the touchline by Haydn Hollis - who was booked - and fell awkwardly onto his hand.

The club's head of sports science and medicine Rodger Wylde was first on the scene and described what he found on the others side of the Meadow Lane field.

He said: "I could see he was in pain but I knew it wasn't his legs from the way he was kicking them about, Armand's a bit of a drama queen to be honest. I ran across the pitch and then I could see it was a finger dislocation because the fourth finger was hanging out of its socket.

"I quickly felt the finger and I could feel it wasn't broken. I pulled the finger and then popped it back into its socket.

"It's not an uncommon injury and it hurts a great deal when you do it, but after that it's nothing worse than an ache. At half time Armand's finger did ache, so we taped it up and he was fine to carry on."

The striker did continue and had a role to play in the game's winning goal, playing the ball forwards for strike partner Caolan Lavery to chase, forcing that man Hollis again into clearing into the Spireite, the ball then looping home from 35 yards. Brief highlights can be watched here.

Gnanduillet himself is now fine, though did have a weekend banned by the club's medical staff from playing tiddlywinks. He explained what happened and the pain of the injury.

The striker said: "The other player came across and then I was surprised because he moved across his other leg and I fell down.

"It's okay now, it hurt but Rodger told me to relax and then pushed my finger back in. The pain was a lot at first, but now it's fine."

Footage of the squeamish injury is available on YouTube and can be watched here.

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