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Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011

Soccer match called off after injury


London — An English lower league cup match was abandoned on Tuesday after a player was knocked unconscious following a collision and was taken to hospital with a head injury.

Accrington Stanley defender Tom Bender was treated on the pitch with oxygen for 30 minutes after a collision with his keeper Ian Dunbavin and an opponent during the game against Tranmere in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy for third and fourth tier clubs.

He later underwent a brain scan, which found no damage.

"Tom is now fully conscious," the club's chief executive Rob Heys said after visiting the player in hospital. "He has been for a scan which has come back as normal.

"He is severely concussed and is being kept in overnight for medical staff to keep an eye on him, but he's stable and that's great news."

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