Bitten by a false widow spider and I don't know when I'll be back playing; WREXHAM ACE LEFT IN THE DARK AFTER 'BIZARRE INCIDENT'.
Byline: BEN BUTLER Daily Post Reporter email@example.com
WREXHAM striker James Gray has been left in the dark about when he will return to the football after he was bitten by Britain's most venomous spider. Gray, 23, was rushed to hospital after the false widow spider sunk its fangs into his right arm while he was asleep in bed at his Manchester home.
Speaking to the Daily Post, the footballer described the bite as "the most bizarre experience of my life" and admitted he doesn't know when he will be able to train with the team again despite being released from hospital more than a week ago.
He attended Wrexham's 0-0 draw with Macclesfield yesterday but the striker has been left with a stomach-churning hole in his arm following surgery to cut out the infection.
He said: "It all depends how quickly the hole in my arm from the surgery heals.
"The wound is bandaged up to stop the wound getting infected.
"Most of the pain has now gone away but we really don't know.
"The club don't want me to train at the moment as you can only imagine if someone stood on my arm - it would be pretty painful.
"So we're taking precautions and being cautious and will have to see when the wound heals. Only then can I get back to action."
In the days following the bite, Gray's arm began to swell up and was filled with yellow-coloured pus.
He also developed a fever and struggled to sleep.
Doctors advised him to go straight to A&E, where he was put on a drip and taken for tests to determine the cause of the swelling.
Gray, whose veins were red and "popping out" of his arms, was informed shortly after by medics that he had suffered a spider bite.
The footballer spent a number of days in hospital, having IV antibiotics pumped into his body and undergoing the operation.
dergoing the opera-He said: "When I went to hospital, the doctors informed me when I got there that I would have to stay for a couple of days.
"The doctors, nurses and other staff at the hospital were brilliant, especially as it was the first time I've been on a drip... and I'm not fond of needles."
Since the bite, James has posted images of his painful wound to his Twitter and Instagram accounts as a warning to others about the dangers of false widow spiders.
James, who began his career at Darlington in 2011, plans to add to his tattoo collection after the hole heals to "remember" his spider bite.
Steatoda nobilis, more widely known as the false widow spider, has been recorded in England as long ago as the mid-19th century.
At its worst, it is capable of inflicting a bite to humans that is painful, but usually does not have long-lasting consequences.
Contrastingly, the bite of the black widow spider, native to North America, can cause severe symptoms and even death.
Gray added: "I was totally oblivious to all of it as I was asleep. I didn't really really feel the bite if I'm being honest.
"But when I think about it, it scary what it can do and I can safely say it's the most bizarre experience of my life."