A SERIOUS injury to Llansannan player Elis Vaughan forced their derby clash at Bro Cernyw to be abandoned.

The Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Premier Division encounter was brought to an abrupt halt on 25 minutes when a challenge sent Vaughan to the floor needing significant treatment.

Sannan manager Tom Lewis confirmed that Vaughan had broken his fibula in three places and his tibia, with the player set to undergo surgery on Sunday to repair the problem before a considerable period of rehabilitation.

League secretary Bryan Roberts, said: “It is with regret that a Llansannan player received a serious leg injury during the Bro Cernyw v Llansannan league fixture today which resulted in the match being abandoned with the score level at 0-0.

“The league wishes the player a speedy recovery and also wishes to thank all concerned who helped in making the player comfortable during his one and a half hour wait for an ambulance to arrive.”

Vaughan was subjected to a 90-minute wait for an ambulance in horrific weather conditions which also included high winds, which received criticism from Bro Cernyw secretary Trefor Jones.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: “It is totally unacceptable, especially in the weather we were experiencing."

"The winds have been very strong, and it started raining while we were waiting for the ambulance.

"All this time, the player was in direct contact with the ground, as we could not move him."

Lee Brooks, director of operations at the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: "We are sorry to hear about this patient's wait time for an ambulance and appreciate it must have been a distressing experience for all involved.

"We would like to take time to understand more about the circumstances of this incident and, in order to do so, we will reach out to the patient as soon as is appropriate given his injury.

"In the meantime, we send our best wishes for a speedy recovery."