Scotland and Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck has been given the all-clear to return to training after his frightening collapse last month – with manager Paul Heckingbottom confirming he’s already back at work on the training ground.

Fleck collapsed on the pitch during the game at Reading on 23 November and was taken to hospital before being discharged soon afterwards.

“He’s been out on the grass today doing some running, we’ll hopefully have him back amongst the players next week.,” Heckingbottom said.

The 30-year-old was able to stand at one point following his collapse while wearing an oxygen mask, before he was taken off on a stretcher, and he was conscious as he left the stadium.

 

News of Fleck’s return will come as a big positive after a number of incidents in recent months saw players collapse or suffer heart issues.

Wigan star Charlie Wyke was the latest to suffer a collapse on the pitch – although there is nothing which suggests there is any link between any of the incidents.

Fleck was at Bramall Lane to watch the Blades beat Bristol City 2-0, and was in the dressing room with his teammates beforehand – although Fleck was suspended anyway.

The midfielder could make his return to action when Sheffield United face QPR on December 13 – although the Championship side may decide to be cautious with him and wrap him in cotton wool.

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