Saturday 24 March 2018

Bolton taken to hospital for scan following heavy knock

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

KILDARE defender Emmet Bolton was brought to hospital in Melbourne last night after taking a heavy knock to the head in an accidental collision with Mitch Robinson in the third quarter of the International Rules game.

Both players dived in for a loose ball on the ground but Bolton came off worse. He was treated on the pitch for a few minutes before being removed and taken to hospital where he was due to undergo a scan.

However, it's understood he was in good spirits.

In the likely event of him being unavailable for the second game next Friday, he will be replaced by Donegal's Karl Lacey, who was a stand-by player yesterday.

Because of the confusion over players' availability up to last Sunday, Ireland brought an extra man (Lacey), leaving them with 24. Only 23 can be used in the course of a game, but if Bolton is ruled out Lacey will get his big chance on Friday.

A row broke out between a large group of players shortly after Bolton went down and while it wasn't anything too serious, it remains to be seen if the joint AFL/GAA disciplinary body takes any action.

Irish Independent

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