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Shadow Squad 'Keeper Fine After Head Injury

26 January 2016

Shadow squad goalkeeper Ellis Spencer escaped serious injury after being knocked unconscious in last night's match at Sheffield FC.

With the Spireites 5-3 ahead after 84 minutes Spencer rushed out of his penalty area to clear a ball with his head and was clattered by an onrushing attacker, knocking the 16-year-old unconscious.

Liam Sutcliffe gave further details of the incident: "Ellis was knocked out for 30 seconds to a minute, our medical staff were brilliant and quickly giving the care Ellis needed.

"It took about 40 minutes before Ellis left in the ambulance, of course with a head or neck injury we had to make sure the situation was dealt with correctly.

"The ambulance took Ellis to the hospital in Calow and he was assessed by the doctors there, and fortunately there was no real serious injury sustained and he was soon sitting up in bed and feeling fine."

The match was abandoned after the incident, with the game to be replayed at a later date, but for now Sutcliffe is focusing on Spencer's recovery.

"Ellis won't be able to play any football or train for a week and he has instructions to rest up and recuperate," he said. "The main thing is that Ellis is fine and we are all very pleased and relieved about that. 

"We thank the HKL League for their concern yesterday evening, and thank Sheffield FC for agreeing to postpone the game with only six minutes remaining so that it can be replayed in the future."

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