Thorpe's Unlucky Finger

Last updated : 28 January 2002 By Jonathan Hall

It needs to be pointed out to supporters that this is not to stop him from gesturing his middle finger at supporters, but to protect a broken bone in his hand!


The Imps striker, making the headlines for contrasting reasons over the past week or so, sustained the injury at Halifax, forcing him to apply bandaging to his hand which was noticeable in Tuesday night's home game against Leyton Orient.


“I broke it when the ball came at me from a corner at Halifax,” explained Thorpe. “I heard a crack and knew I had done something straight away, so I had it strapped up.”


“I might even need to leave it on when I am not playing just to protect it for a while.” Thorpe indicated that the minor injury will not prevent him from playing, nor will it significantly affect his game. He said, “But it will not stop me from playing.”


Thorpe was caught making an obscene gesture to travelling Imps supporters during City's 3-0 defeat at Halifax. Many fans utterly condemned the player's actions and the Lincolnshire Echo and LCFC Message boards on the Internet were inundated with complaints – some suggesting that the player be relieved of his duties at the club.


The club have decided to deal with the incident internally. We are not aware of how Thorpe was punished for his actions, but the Imps board and manager Alan Buckley would certainly not have been pleased. Will we see any more misdemeanours from Thorpe this season, or is that the last of his hot headed ways?


Thorpe is set to be included in an unchanged line-up for Tuesday's visit to Darlington. Jason Barnett and Stuart Bimson are both fit to start.