Nahki hoping for quick recovery
Nahki Wells has targeted a speedy recovery from injury.
Bradford City's Bermudian striker is currently walking with the aid of crutches after suffering a foot injury in his team's 2-1 win against Shrewsbury Town at Valley Parade at the weekend.
Wells, who has banged in nine goals in nine appearances for the Bantams so far this term, damaged ligaments in his left ankle challenging for the ball midway through the first half and received a standing ovation from a crowd of 14,000 as he hobbled off the pitch.
“The defender took the ball down on his chest and I went to nick it while it was in the air and got to the ball first and sort of kicked it around his side,” the former Dandy Town man explained. “But as I did that he continued his swing and went through the bottom of my foot and sort of jarred and twisted my ankle.”
Wells, 23, underwent scans yesterday and is anxiously awaiting the results.
“Hopefully when I get the results back from the scan I should be all clear in terms of no break or significant bone damage which would be a positive,” he said.
“That way we can just work on getting most of the swelling and bruising out so the healing process can start. There's nothing else I can do apart from icing it which is all I've been doing since Saturday.”
Wells' injury could not have come at a worst time given his prolific start to the 2013-14 League One campaign.
“Since I've been a pro I've been fortunate enough not to miss a game through injury yet,” he added. “Obviously the weekend looks a bit doubtful but these things happen in football.”
Wells is eager to get back on the pitch and do what he does best — shake the back of the net.
“I would really like to be fit for next Saturday but it would be a big ask,” he said. “I'm a quick healer and I'm not going to come back too early because that wouldn't be smart. But I am going to do whatever it takes and get treatment everyday to get back as soon as possible.
“I will be happy if I'm back by next weekend but if not the week after. The fortunate thing is it's just Saturday fixtures at the moment so I wouldn't miss too many fixtures because there are no mid-week games.”
If it was any consolation, City prevailed against Shrewsbury to protect their unblemished home record.
“It (victory) definitely softened the blow,” added Wells. “We had a bad start to the game but were able to turn it around late.
“I didn't get to catch the rest of the first half after going off but I watched the second half from the stands on crutches and after the game we all went out to dinner together.
“The result definitely softened the blow but I don't like missing too much football and it hurt me watching that 45 minutes. I don't even want to know what it feels like to miss a few months out injured because it would kill me to watch it from the sidelines. But hopefully I'm back in no time and won't have to deal with that dilemma.”
Fifth-placed Bradford are away to Kyle Lightbourne's former team Walsall who are four places below the Bantams in the standings on Saturday.