JON VAN WAGENEN - Monday, March 15, 2010
After sustaining an injury that seemed threatening at first, Johann Smith says he will resume training with Swedish Allsvenskan club Kalmar FF.
It was a memorable weekend for Smith, despite not playing in the season opener which saw Thomas Hysen put up a hat trick as IFK Göteborg dominated Kalmar FF 3-0.
During Friday's practice, Smith made a run and did not see a bench, which had been oddly placed right at the edge of the field.
The former Bolton man ran right into the bench, and fell to the ground badly hurt.
He was taken off the field to the hospital in front of a number of members of the media, who were there to observe the final practice before the season kicked off.
Initial reports said that it was a career-threatening broken bone, but much to Smith's relief, it has only turned out to be a minor injury.
"Everyone thought I broke or fractured initially including me it looked really bad for me for a couple hours, they did a x-ray and its just a real deep cut/wound," Smith told Yanks Abroad. "I will be out for a couple days I think. But I am grateful nothing is broken."
Smith's trial is expected to continue after he returns to health.