John McGinn details how former Rangers striker almost killed him
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John McGinn details how former Rangers striker almost killed him

Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn has opened up on how he came within a millimetre of having his femoral artery severed when he was ‘speared’ by former Rangers striker Steven Thompson when the pair were St. Mirren team-mates.

McGinn ended up with a seven-centimetre wound when Thompson threw a spiked pole which impaled the midfielder’s thigh back in 2015.

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The Scotland international recovered quickly before going on to impress at Hibs and then Villa but admitted he would have “bled out in a minute” had it hit his artery.

“There was a possession drill and Thommo kind of ran into the pole and didn’t see me turning back,” McGinn told BT Sport.

“He went to throw the pole into the ground and, unfortunately, I got in the way.

“It went into the leg seven centimetres and I went to see the surgeon who told me I was fortunate still to be alive.

“It was a millimetre away from the femoral artery so I would have bled out in a minute.

“So that was a bit of a scare.”

McGinn has won rave reviews at Villa Park and is a regular in the Scotland side after his rise to prominence – aided by some fantastic goals.

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Clearly, he got very lucky to avoid a much more serious injury and the details of how close he actually came to serious harm have never really been revealed.

Former Rangers striker Thompson immediately issued an apology at the time with McGinn ultimately only missing a few weeks of action before recovering fully.

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