Injury scare as Rhodes taken to hospital

JORDAN Rhodes was today expected to recover with no more than a headache after being knocked unconscious for the second time within a week.The 17-year-old Ipswich Town striker was taken to hospital in a neck brace last night as a precaution after being laid out cold in the Blues'4-1 win over Ipswich Wanderers in the semi-final of the Suffolk Premier Cup.

By Derek Davis

JORDAN Rhodes was today expected to recover with no more than a headache after being knocked unconscious for the second time within a week.

The 17-year-old Ipswich Town striker was taken to hospital in a neck brace last night as a precaution after being laid out cold in the Blues'4-1 win over Ipswich Wanderers in the semi-final of the Suffolk Premier Cup.

Although Jordan underwent scans at Ipswich Hospital, less than a mile from the Humber Doucy Lane ground, he was in good spirits and talking with staff and his dad Andy, who was at the game and went with him in the ambulance.

Jordan was stretchered off after a 10-minute delay just moments into the second half of the cup-tie after a collision with Wanderers keeper Jamie Stannard.

It was the second time in five days that Jordan has been knocked out for a short period after taking a hefty blow to the head last Saturday - he recovered to score five minutes from the end as the Academy Under-18s drew 1-1 with West Ham.

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Last night's injury was far more alarming but all the indications are that he is fine and will be back in training tomorrow, if not later today.

The England Under 17-international, who arrived at Ipswich from Barnsley for a nominal fee, missed the early part of the season after dislocating a shoulder last summer.

He has been a regular in Town's reserve team this season and is expected to push for a first team place next year.

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