Wrexham Striker Paul Mullin Suffers Punctured Lung in Pre-Season Clash
During a pre-season friendly in San Diego, California, on Tuesday, Wrexham striker Paul Mullin experienced a punctured lung after colliding with Manchester United's goalkeeper, Nathan Bishop, as confirmed by manager Phil Parkinson.
Mullin, the leading scorer for Wrexham last season with an impressive 46 goals in all competitions, collided with Bishop when the goalkeeper rushed out to deal with a long ball. Following the collision, Mullin received immediate attention from physios who provided oxygen and prepared a stretcher. However, despite the seriousness of the injury, the 28-year-old managed to walk off the pitch before being substituted.
Reacting to the unfortunate incident, Wrexham's owner and Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds took to messaging platform X (formerly known as Twitter) to wish Mullin a speedy recovery. Reynolds lauded Mullin's commitment, saying, "Paul Mullin puts his last drop of blood into everything he does. The entire Wrexham AFC community is pulling for a speedy recovery."
In the same pre-season friendly, Wrexham emerged victorious with a 3-1 scoreline, with goals from Elliott Lee, Aaron Hayden, and Sam Dalby. Marc Jurado scored the lone goal for Manchester United, who fielded a second-string side comprising young players.
Last season, Wrexham gained global recognition for their remarkable return to the English Football League after a 15-year absence, creating a fairy-tale-like story. Their growing popularity led to pre-season friendlies against top-flight Premier League teams this month, including a match against Chelsea, which they lost 5-0.
Looking ahead, Wrexham is preparing to kick off their League Two campaign at home against MK Dons on August 5th.