Nedum Onuoha reveals he intentionally injured Wayne Bridge in practice after his Manchester City teammate asked him to cover up a SNOWBOARDING injury.
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Nedum Onuoha has opened up about the bizarre incident in Manchester City, where he was asked by teammate Wayne Bridge to injure him.
Onuoha, who retired as a professional footballer last year, began his career at City, progressing through the club’s academy.
He played 95 league games for the club, but fell out of favor with the arrival of Roberto Mancini and was one of a number of players forced to train with the youth team.
Nedum Onuoha (L) has opened up about a bizarre incident involving Wayne Bridge (R) in Man City
Among them was Bridge, who was also not in the photo of the first team. And with few opportunities to play, the former Chelsea defender turned his attention to matters off the field – something that resulted in a bizarre request.
Speak to the Tubes & Ange Golf Life channel on YouTube, Onuoha revealed: ‘It was a tough time at Mancini, when we trained with Under 16s at 3pm.
Bridgey had a social agenda, be it potentially snowboarding, being in Surrey, even though we played in Manchester, and I think he hurt himself or whatever.
‘He asked me the question and that’s when we’re in the trenches together, so I was like,’ yeah, no problem, ‘so I left a little bit on him.
Bridge (photo training in 2011) asked his teammate to help him cover up another injury
He escaped the situation because he might have been injured on the training pitch, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t there.
“I think he hurt himself by doing something he might not have done. Maybe, maybe, I’m not sure …
‘At that point we were the dead forest. We had nothing in front of us and looked forward to each other. ‘
When asked for more details, the retired defender continued, “It was a tough situation to be in. Bridgey was certainly busy with other things.
Both players were relegated from Man City’s first team under Roberto Mancini (left)
‘I didn’t hurt him, but the field can be a bit unstable at times. I went in to win the ball and unfortunately he might have rolled his ankle.
“It’s just one of those tough times in football, I guess, overcoming setbacks.”
Onuoha left City in January 2012 after being loaned out to Sunderland the previous season.
The Nigeria-born defender joined QPR, where he played for six years before moving to MLS in 2018 and joining Real Salt Lake, where he ended his career.
Onuoha (left) and Bridge (right) played together in Manchester City between 2009 and 2012