Bender on the mend

TOM Bender had a “settled night” in hospital last night, following a nasty collision that left him unconscious and on a drip while playing for loan club Accrington Stanley.

TOM Bender had a “settled night” in hospital last night, following a nasty collision that left him unconscious and on a drip while playing for loan club Accrington Stanley.

Colchester United teenager Bender, who is on a season long loan at League Two outfit Accrington, received nearly half-an-hour’s treatment on the pitch before being whisked off to hospital during a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match against Tranmere.

It was initially feared that the 18-year-old had suffered a serious head injury, but a brain scan later gave him the all-clear and he is believed to be suffering from severe concussion instead.

Accrington assistant manager Jimmy Bell confirmed this morning: “Tom (Bender) has had a good night, and a settled night.


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“He has been up speaking to staff this morning, and hopefully everything is going to be fine for him.”

Bender was left unconscious following a collision with Accrington keeper Ian Dunbavin and Tranmere’s Lucas Atkins. The match was abandoned, with Rovers leading 2-1 at the time.

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