Wrexham update as the Red Dragons finish their USA tour
Wrexham forward Paul Mullin is enjoying the benefits that come with playing for a team owned by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney as he flies back to Wales. The 28-year-old is on the road to recovery after suffering a punctured lung in pre-season.
The injury was inflicted as the Welsh team played a youthful Manchester United at the Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego. The game saw Wrexham claim a 3-1 win, but Mullin was forced off minutes into the game.
The striker collided with goalkeeper Nathan Bishop, who has since joined Sunderland, which saw him hit the ground in pain and require an oxygen mask on the pitch. The injury was then diagnosed as a punctured lung after he was admitted to a nearby hospital.
Following a lengthy stay out in the States, the forward has since posted on his Instagram that he is flying home. Mullin can be seen with his thumbs up in a swanky private booth on a plane with the caption reading: “Finally (plane emoji) Thanks @United.”
It comes as no surprise that Mullin is flying home on a United Airlines plane with Wrexham having agreed to a front-of-shirt sponsorship deal with the business ahead of the new season.
While the sponsorship will be providing the club with some significant financial bonuses, it clearly comes with its perks. The deal replaced TikTok, who sponsored the team as they gained promotion to League Two after a 45-year trophy drought, and is the biggest sponsorship deal in the club’s history.
During his recovery in the United States, Mullin had been offered to stay with Wrexham’s co-owner Rob McElhenney. The “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” star welcomed him into his home on the west coast.
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Mullin has since missed Wrexham’s season opener back in League Two which saw the team lose 5-3 at home to MK Dons. Following the result, Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson joked that Mullin had been avoiding his calls as he enjoyed his time stateside.
“We’ve got to get Mulls back from California first of all,” he said to Sky Sports. “He hasn’t been answering his phone for a few days! Which you can’t blame. No, he’ll be back with us and when he comes back in the next few days we’ll be able to assess [him], we’ll send him to see a specialist and see how long he’s going to be out for.”
The team recently got back to winning ways after a narrow penalty shootout saw them defeat League One Wigan in the EFL Cup Round 1. The team is next in action when they travel to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.
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