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Ex-soccer star suing over 'water slip' injury.

Byline: AODHAN O FAOLAIN

A FORMER League of Ireland player has launched a claim for damages after injuring his leg while playing indoor soccer.

Stephen Wilkie, 37, said his pain levels were through the roof after slipping on water seven years ago.

The former Shamrock Rovers player and father of three fractured his lower leg and had to have operations.

His counsel Oonagh McCrann said he now suffers from chronic regional pain syndrome and has a constant burning pain in his lower left leg.

Mr Wilkie, of Cushlawn Dale, Killinarden Tallaght, Dublin, is suing Tymon Bawn Community Association Ltd, the owners of the Tymon Bawn Community Centre.

He claims he was allowed to play soccer at the centre when it ought to have been known it posed a risk or a danger to him. He also says he was caused to fall because there was liquid on the floor.

Mr Wilkie added: "I slipped on water. My shorts and football socks were wet."

TABLETS He heard two cracks as he fell and was in a lot of pain. He was helped by the other players and taken to hospital.

He said since the accident he does not take so much interest in football. He said he would love to get back to work as a van driver but is now on 25 tablets a day.

He added: "I had the good life; it was like somebody flicked the switch."

The defendant denies the claims and alleges contributory negligence on the part of Mr Wilkie, who it is claimed fell in a clash with another player.

In evidence, Mr Wilkie said in the weeks prior to the accident there was scaffolding around the centre and men were working on the roof. He claimed it was "lashing rain" on the night of the accident. The case before Mr Justice Kevin Cross continues on Tuesday.

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Date:Apr 30, 2016
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