Livingston manager David Martindale says the Scottish Premiership club have ‘learned’ from Bruce Anderson’s recent diabetic seizure.
The striker arrived at Livingston in the summer transfer window from Aberdeen. During Livingston’s most recent league match against Hibs last month, The 22-year-old ended up in hospital until later that day after suffering a fit at the end of the first half. Martindale believes it’s a situation which could have been avoided.
It’s provided a learning curve for both player and club: “Bruce took a bit of a knock in the first couple of days after it, you could tell he wasn’t right. He looked a bit white and you could see it in his hydration tests. His body had a wee bit of a shock and it was probably down to too much sugar. He took an extra gel apparently which tipped him over.
“He seems to be in a good place now but it was a wee bit of a reality call for him in that he maybe needs to look after his blood sugar levels a little. I’m no diabetic though, so I don’t know if it’s as easy as that. From a footballing perspective, I think it’s the first time it’s happened with Bruce but it’s a lesson we’ve learned as a club.
“Bruce left his testing kit on the bus. If he’d tested himself he’d probably have realised he’d had too much sugar. We now know that we need to have that stuff in-house and make sure we have it readily available for Bruce in case it happens again. I don’t think it would have been as severe if he hadn’t forgotten his testing kit.
“As a diabetic you’ve got to take a bit of responsibility for yourself and test when you don’t feel right. In general he’s very good at looking after himself. He’ll learn from it and I’ve learned from it. He’s good to go this weekend against Dundee.”
Livingston signed former Hibs midfielder Stephane Omeonga prior to the international break, following his exit from Italian side Pescara. The Belgian midfielder and his agent have been clever in working around restrictions brought about by Brexit and Covid-19. Livingston previously had issues bringing in Djibril Diani from Swiss club Grasshopper.
Martindale said: “Stephane should be with us on Wednesday. He stays an hour from the German border so as soon as we agreed the contract he set about moving over to Germany to do his isolation there because it’s a green-list country. He had his work permit meeting last week.
“He expects to get his passport and work permit delivered to him in Germany on Monday. Because he’s done his isolating in a green-list country while he was waiting on his passport, he won’t have to isolate when he comes across next week. Fair play to him and his agent who were very clever in doing that.
“The difference with bringing Stephane in was he’s played in Scottish football. That was a big difference (from the Djibril Diani signing). There’s other boys coming from abroad that haven’t got a history of playing in Britain. It’s a bigger gamble at that point when you throw in the work permit too.”
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