Saturday 16 December 2017

Huddersfield player released from hospital after accidental clash with Irish goalkeeper

Huddersfield defender Tommy Smith has been discharged from hospital following a head injury suffered in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Leeds.

The 22-year-old was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary after being knocked unconscious following a heavy collision with team-mate Joe Murphy in the build-up to United's winner.

That prompted a near 10-minute delay in the game as Smith was treated on the pitch before being carried off on a stretcher and airlifted to hospital.

The club confirmed last night that Smith was in a stable condition but was kept in overnight under observation.

However, he has now been released and will continue his recovery at home.

A tweet from Huddersfield's official account read: "Tommy Smith has been discharged & is now home. #htafc is looking forward to seeing him back in action once he gets the full all-clear!"

The incident occurred in the 90th minute of Town's 2-1 defeat against Leeds at the John Smith's Stadium.

Smith was beaten to a cross by Leeds striker Billy Sharp, who headed a last-gasp winner for the visitors, before the centre-back seemed to collide with goalkeeper Murphy.

Huddersfield manager Chris Powell said in his post-match press conference: "It was a very serious incident but he is in good hands. His welfare is all important now.

"I believe he was in and out of consciousness for 10 minutes and this was a major head or neck trauma.

"I am a little bit shocked after that, but I have spoken to his family and hopefully he will be okay. Clearly there's been a major trauma to his head or neck."

"It was a difficult end to the game and we are disappointed by what happened on the field.

"We didn't start the game as well as we should have done, but later the chances and incidents went in our favour.

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