James Holland’s club Austria Wien has revealed how the Socceroo escaped serious injury after wanting to play on following a nasty ankle wound last weekend.
Holland had to be replaced after less than half an hour in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Grodig after a nasty tackle to his left ankle.
The Australian midfielder has since been cleared of any serious injury and played 90 minutes in their 2-0 loss to Wolfsberger AC overnight.
However, he may not have been so lucky, after stunning the club’s medical staff by reportedly stating despite the wound, “give me a bandage and let me continue playing”.
Austria Wien assistant coach Renato Gligoroski revealed the right call was made to substitute him off, before receiving compression treatment on the wound.
"Our medical staff made the right decision," Gligoroski told the club website.
"James was treated immediately, the body cooled. Had he still been subjected to a full hour of heat and friction by playing it could have can have had serious consequences.”
Holland is expected to be fit to link up with the Socceroos squad for next week’s friendlies against UAE and Qatar in the Middle East.