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West Brom sue 'negligent' surgeon
Michael Appleton
Michael Appleton had to retire at the age of 27
West Bromwich Albion Football Club has begun a 1m compensation claim against a surgeon, who it alleges was negligent and ended the career of a top player.

Midfielder Michael Appleton suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in a training-ground accident in 2001.

The club is taking action against knee specialist Medhet Mohammed El-Safty, who advised Mr Appleton to have surgery, from which he never recovered.

At the Court of Appeal the club claimed the surgery should not have gone ahead.

The 750,000 signing had to retire from the game two years after the surgery at the age of 27.

Duty of care

Mr El-Safty advised that Mr Appleton had reconstructive knee surgery.

At a previous hearing the club claimed the surgery should not have gone ahead and if that had been the case the midfielder would still be playing football.

But a judge at the High Court in December last year rejected that, saying the surgeon had no contractual duty to the club.

At the Appeal Court on Wednesday the club argued Mr El-Safty did owe a duty of care not to cause it economic loss in the advice and treatment he gave the player.

The hearing continues.




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