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Player must wait on surgery claim
Michael Appleton
Michael Appleton suffered a knee injury in training
An ex-footballer whose career was ended because of unnecessary surgery faces a wait to find out how much compensation he will receive from a surgeon.

Mr Medhat El-Safty admitted he should not have operated on Michael Appleton after he injured his posterior cruciate ligament in November 2001.

The 31-year-old former West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United player retired after failing to recover.

A High Court judge adjourned the case in Manchester on Wednesday.

Mr Appleton is suing for a loss of earnings.

Training accident

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and two of his top players, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, gave evidence during the trial.

The court heard Mr Appleton had great potential as a footballer and could have earned more than 500,000 a year as a top-flight player.

The midfielder was injured in a training ground accident in the season before his club, West Brom, was promoted to the Premiership.

The court heard Mr Appleton's career would have probably lasted until 2009 had he not undergone a series of operations.

Testimony supported his claim that he could have recovered from his injury in four months with less invasive treatment.

Mr Justice Christopher Clarke, sitting in Manchester, has yet to set a date for his ruling.

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