Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck has been rushed to hospital after collapsing on the pitch during his side’s Championship fixture with Reading.
The Blades were leading 1-0 thanks to Jayden Bogle’s 56th-minute strike when Fleck collapsed on the pitch. His team-mates immediately called for medical assistance.
The 30-year-old received 10 minutes of urgent medical treatment on the pitch at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night before being transported to hospital.
After the match, United boss Slavisa Jokanovic said: ‘He is in hospital, he is conscious and he asked for the result. Hopefully he we will be okay.
‘He is safe, in good hands and we pray that everything will be okay.’
Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck was rushed to hospital after collapsing on the pitch
There was immediate concern for the Scotland international on the pitch at the Madejski
Players watched on with their heads in their hands as Fleck received treatment for 10 minutes
Sky Sports News reported that Fleck ‘was able to stand with the aid of an oxygen mask’ and was ‘conscious’ when he left the stadium. However, he still required a stretcher to exit the pitch safely.
Sheffield United’s official Twitter account confirmed that the midfielder was conscious when he left the stadium and wished him well in his recovery.
The club tweeted saying: ‘Concerning moments as urgent medical attention needed for John Fleck.
The 30-year-old received 10 minutes of urgent medical treatment on the pitch at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night before being transported to hospital
Sheffield United took to Twitter to update fans on Fleck’s condition in hospital
‘Play is yet to restart but the Scottish midfielder is on his feet and receiving further medical care.
‘Fleck leaves the field on a stretcher after receiving urgent medical care. Our thoughts are with you, Flecky!’
A South Yorkshire Police statement added: ‘From what we are being told, John Fleck is alert and communicating with emergency services staff following the horrible incident. Fingers crossed for a full recovery.’
Fleck received a standing ovation from the crowd and a round of applause as he was stretchered off the pitch and taken to a nearby hospital.
They confirmed the midfielder was conscious when he left the stadium and wished him well
In their full-time message, the club revealed more details about their player’s condition
Play resumed shortly after Fleck’s departure – with Conor Hourihane coming on for the midfielder. There were also thirteen minutes of stoppage time added to the game.
Sheffield United managed to hang on to the 1-0 win and provided their fans with an update on Fleck after the game.
They Tweeted saying: ‘3 points for the Blades. More importantly, John Fleck was conscious when he left the stadium via the ambulance gate.
‘We’ll provide supporters with a further update once known. Get well soon, John.’
Source: Daily Mail UK