Monday, August 13, 2007

Benni McCarthy gets the all clear...

After collapsing on the pitch against Boro, Blackburn supporters might have feared the worst but it appears that McCarthy is fine and will travel with the team for their UEFA qualifier on Thursday:

Blackburn Rovers' South Africa striker Benni McCarthy was released from hospital on Saturday after collapsing on the pitch during his side's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside.

The forward clashed heads with Boro defender Chris Riggott during a second-half challenge. Rovers were 1-0 down at the time.

McCarthy then collapsed as he spoke with Blackburn's physio.

After several minutes of treatment on the pitch, the striker was stretchered off wearing a neck brace and taken to hospital.

He was replaced by Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz in the 60th minute.

"Benni looks to be okay. He went to hospital, but he's out now and will travel home with the team," a Blackburn spokesperson said.
I would expect Mark Hughes to give McCarthy some more rest after the valiant efforts from Blackburn's subs even if he is fit.

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