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Will touched by support

Posted: Thu 10 Jan 2013
Author: Andy Walker
Lee Clark and Will Packwood

Lee Clark shows Will Packwood his messages of support.

Image by: Roy Smiljanic

Will Packwood says he’s been inspired on his road to recovery by the overwhelming support he’s received from fans since his season-ending injury.

Well-wishers have flooded the club with e-mails, tweets and Facebook messages since the 19-year-old’s horrific leg break at Elland Road last Saturday.

The defender is set to undergo a further operation on his left leg in the next few days and faces at least nine months out.

As well as the immediate support from his parents, Richard and Mary, who jetted in from their home in America moments after hearing news of his injury, Packwood has been boosted by hospital visits from Blues boss Lee Clark and his teammates.

And the USA Under-20s international had a further reason to be positive on Tuesday afternoon as Clark delivered the hundreds of messages from football fans from all backgrounds.

“It’s so nice to know that so many people are behind you when you’ve got a pretty tough injury to come back from, it’s just great to have that support,” Packwood told

“I’ve had messages from fans from all types of clubs and all different areas popping up to let me know that they’re all hoping and praying that I’ll get back quickly.

“It’s fantastic to know that people really care about how you are doing and it makes it so much easier to really motivate yourself to get back when you know so many people are really wishing you well and looking forward to when you can step back on the pitch again.”

Looking to the future, the determined American added: “I want to pull a Blues shirt on again as soon as I possibly can. I know that I’ve got to be a little bit patient because certain things take time but there’s one day that I’m looking forward to and it’s that day.”

The Blues boss has paid several visits to Packwood’s bedside since he returned from Leeds and has every faith that his teenage talent will be back to his best on a football pitch.

Clark said: “It’s been great for Will to look at the messages on Facebook, Twitter and via e-mail and to see that they’ve come from all over the world of football.

“Will has been very positive and that’s something that we don’t take for granted but we expect.

“We know it’s a long road ahead for him. It’s a cliche to say that he’ll come back fitter and stronger but this lad will because I know he’ll follow his rehab to the letter. Whatever has been given to him, whatever task by doctors, surgeons or physios, he’ll do it all right.

“We’ll give him the care and support he needs to back that up.”