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Wylde Reports on Novak's Injury

25 August 2015

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Head of sports science and medicine Rodger Wylde reported back after a busy Saturday afternoon in the goal-less Proact draw with Rochdale.

Forward Lee Novak was substituted after 76 minutes after receiving a blow to the head, and Wylde gave details of what sounds like a painful collision.

"Lee suffered a blow to the face which I couldn't quite see from the touchline," he said. "When I got to him I was able to see that there were three parts to his injury: he had a badly cut lip, a bleeding nose and a bruised cheekbone.

"There were no other symptoms, his neck was fine and he was conscious and breathing, which is your first concern. At that point you have to go through a certain procedure for head injuries.

"Later we went through all the tests, known as SCAT3, which ask certain questions and run certain tests. Lee came through that well and got high scores for every aspect.

"On Sunday he rested at home and on Monday he was down at Birmingham as we still need to liaise with his parent club as he's still their player. He's being assessed there and now we need to wait to see how he gets along."

But the afternoon didn't end there for Wylde. Earlier in the second half a clash of heads between Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Dale defender Jimmy McNulty saw the latter leave the field with blood streaming from a wound, later to return with his head heavily bandaged.

After the match, Wylde was put back in contact with an on friend: "I went on to see a clash of heads earlier on when Sylvan had gone down," said Wylde. "I know Jim from my time at Stockport and I know he's a good competitor and he always throws his head in.

"He caught Sylvan on the back of the head; Sylvan was fine but Jim ended up with five stitches just above his eye, and it was gaping.

"The doctor wasn't going to give him any sutures, but as they have a game on Tuesday it was decided he needed them. After the game he was lead round to me, though Jim wasn't very happy about it.

"It was an interesting afternoon really." 

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