Sheffield United and Scotland midfielder John Fleck is recovering after being discharged from hospital following a horrifying collapse on the pitch during last night’s Championship clash between the Blades and Reading.
Fleck went down unchallenged, prompting a quick response from his teammates, before being stretchered off the pitch as play was halted for over ten minutes.
The 30-year-old Scotland cap was talking and conscious as manager Slavisa Jokanovic confirmed he thinks the midfielder should be OK after he was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital after collapsing early in the second half.
“Fleck is conscious, in the hospital, he’s in good health. He will be OK,” Jokanovic told BBC Radio Sheffield.
“I didn’t see exactly what happened. One moment he fell down. It was a really complicated situation.
“He is conscious in hospital and he asked for the result. We hope everything will be OK with him.
“It’s not easy for the players to focus on the moment after. Fortunately, the team is fighting well and we weren’t scared of our weaknesses. We were fighting for the three points.”
Fleck was back on his feet, with the aid of an oxygen mask, before being taken from the pitch on a stretcher so, hopefully, it’s nothing too serious for the midfielder.
Sheffield United won 1-0 at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, with Jayden Bogle’s second-half strike enough to see off Reading and pick up their first win in five games.
While Sheffield United will no doubt want to take their time and ensure Fleck is 100% before returning, everyone will be hoping he is back on the pitch much sooner than later.
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