Fleetwood defender upsets Rosler by revealing jaw-break

Cian Bolger scored his first league goal for Fleetwood
Cian Bolger scored his first league goal for Fleetwood

Fleetwood defender Ash Eastham is expected to be out of action for several weeks after undergoing surgery to fix his broken jaw.

Eastham sustained the injury in Town’s 3-0 win over Shrewsbury Town last Tuesday and so missed the 2-2 draw at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

The media learned of the injury when Eastham posted a picture on his Instagram account showing himself watching a Kanye West music video.

Eastham wrote: “Surgery was successful on the broken jaw last night.

“One metal plate, four screws and a new nickname of ‘Kanye East’ (a reference to West’s song Through the Wire, which the rapper recorded while his jaw was wired shut after a car accident).

“Hopefully will have a full recovery and be back in the mix within four to six weeks. #ThroughTheWire #Jaws #DecentRecoverySocks”

When asked about Eastham’s injury, head coach Uwe Rosler said: “It is a typical example of how players should not go on social media.

“So you know all about it. You have to ask Ash Eastham because he should not have gone on social media. Call him up and ask him what he has.

“I don’t give you anything because there is nothing for the media. This is a confidential thing, then Ash decided to put that on Instagram.

“That is his decision and you have to ask him, not me because I will not speak about medical issues of players in public.

“He got injured on Tuesday and (showed) a fantastic fighting mentality to finish the game. We discovered what he had and now he has decided to make that public.

“That is not how I would like my players to deal with it.”

Town dominated the first half in the south-east but had only Cian Bolger’s first league goal for the club to show for it.

Half-time substitute Tom Elliott equalised within two minutes and won the penalty which Dean Parrett converted to put the home side in front.

Conor McLaughlin headed in Jack Sowerby’s corner in stoppage time, his second goal in successive games, to salvage a point for Fleetwood, who remain eighth in League One and are only outside the play-off zone on goal difference.

Rosler said: “I think first when you see the 90 to 95 minutes we were clearly the better team.

“The amount of chances we had and how big those chances were we are a little bit gutted that we did not put the game to bed early on.”