Defender was not knocked out and was fine to play on following clash of heads, says Stevenage boss
- Credit: Archant
Centre-half received seven stitches following clash of heads with Southend’s Michael Timlin
Graham Westley says there was no risk to Bira Dembele playing on after the defender picked up a head injury against Southend United.
The centre-half suffered a clash of heads with United’s Michael Timlin in the first half with both players receiving extensive treatment on the pitch before play resumed.
Timlin was taken off by Southend, and later received 15 stitches, while Dembele was deemed fine to continue by Boro’s medical staff and did so until half-time, when he was replaced by Jon Ashton and given seven stitches.
Afterwards, Westley said: “The opinion that matters is the opinion of the player and the doctor. Those are the ones who make the decision in those circumstances, and neither of them thought it was a risk.
You may also want to watch:
“He’s very sore, as you’d expect. He’s got a big cut to his head, just like the boy Timlin.
“Fifteen stitches to seven is the outcome, with both boys having sore heads tonight. It’s too early to say [if Dembele will be ready for the second leg], you’ve got to let these things settle down.
- 1 GP surgery outstrips mass vaccination centre's COVID-19 jab rate
- 2 £10,000 fine handed to organisers of remembrance service that saw 150 attendees
- 3 Family call on government to lower age of bowel cancer screenings after mum's death
- 4 Teenager charged with assisting offenders after Stevenage man's death
- 5 Special report: An insight into dog theft in Hertfordshire
- 6 Council leader reacts to recent stabbings in Stevenage
- 7 What to expect with pupils heading back to the classroom
- 8 Stevenage road closed after crash
- 9 Family shares heartfelt tribute to 'wonderful son and father' Christopher
- 10 New mass COVID-19 vaccine centre opens in Letchworth
“[Dembele] thinks he has [a chance]...he didn’t go out, there wasn’t a knock out. He’s got a seven-stitch gash and we’ll see how that settles down for Tuesday.”