Bristol Rovers and Joey Barton message to Portsmouth midfielder after suffering leg break

Louis Thompson faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering an injury against Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers and first-team manager Joey Barton have sent their best wishes to Portsmouth midfielder Louis Thompson following his leg break.

Thompson was stretchered off for the opposition in the Gas’ 3-1 defeat to Pompey on Saturday afternoon after a tackle in front of the managers dugouts from Republic of Ireland international Glenn Whelan.

Thompson had to receive medical treatment, which put a pause on to the game for seven minutes, which the home side later scored from.

The 27-year-old was stretchered off and later admitted to hospital where the extent of his injury was ruled to be a double fracture to the fibula, though there is a further scan to reveal the extent of the ankle injury.

Now more information has come to light about the injury, both Bristol Rovers and their manager have got in touch to wish Thompson well as he recovers from Saturday.

Quote tweeting the news from the official Portsmouth account, Joey Barton said: “All of us @Official_BRFC wish Louis a speedy recovery.

“Horrible part of the game injury. Hope Louis is back competing and playing, as soon possible.”

Barton’s message was in addition to the message from the club which said “All the best in your recovery, Louis,” accompanied by a blue heart, the predominant colour of both clubs.

Thompson himself shared his disappointment at the injury by taking to Instagram, on Sunday, posting a message which read "Just another bump in the road. Gutted, but I’ll be back stronger. Thanks for your support always."

After suffering the injury, first-team manager Danny Cowley told his players to win the match for Thompson, which they did as Joe Piggott and Owen Dale restored the home side’s lead after Aaron Collins had cancelled out Connor Ogilvie’s opening goal.

Providing an update on the situation ahead of Portsmouth’s Carabao Cup match with Newport County, Cowley said to The News: ‘Louis has a double fracture of the fibula, which is the non weight-bearing bone in the leg.

‘So that’s better than it being the tibia, which is the weight-bearing bone. ‘That is good news, but we don’t quite know the extent of the ankle damage.

‘The early prognosis is that there doesn’t seem to be too much damage. ‘We’ll get an MRI scan today so we can look at the tendons and ligaments to see how they’ve been affected. ‘We have our fingers crossed for sure.

‘When we first saw the incident, the way the leg looked out of shape it looked like he’d done both the tibia and fibula. That was our fear. ‘It is a double leg break, but a double break to the fibula. So we’re hopeful, as long as there isn’t too much ankle damage that it will be weeks rather than months.’