Wed, Sep 14, 2005 - Page 19 News List

Footballer wants finger amputated to improve game

AP , SYDNEY

An Australian professional football player said he plans to have one of his fingers amputated in an attempt to improve his game.

Brett Backwell, who plays Australian rules football for Glenelg, a suburb of Adelaide, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) yesterday that he has suffered from pain and restricted movement since he broke his left ring finger three years ago.

Doctors had suggested fusing the bones in the finger, but Backwell rejected the proposal.

He said he believed that amputating the finger was the only way to stop the pain and allow him to keep playing.

"I love my footy, and love playing sport, and if that's going to help me to succeed at this level then it's something you've just got to do," he said.

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