Blackburn star Sam Gallagher was rushed to hospital after ‘coughing up blood’ at half time of their loss against Nottingham Forest.
Rovers manager Tony Mowbray confirmed that the 25 year old forward was taken to A&E to undergo a scan on a potential punctured lung.
Gallagher started on the right of an attacking three in the encounter at the City Ground but was taken off at the break, with Bradley Dack replacing him.
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The fixture ended in a 1-0 defeat for the Lancashire outfit, who couldn’t find an equaliser after Alex Mighten gave the hosts the lead through a deflected strike on the 25th minute while Adam Armstrong had his penalty saved.
Speaking to the press after the game, Mowbray confirmed that Gallagher had gone to hospital at half time following an incident that had left him coughing blood.
“I’m concerned about Sam Gallagher who is in hospital after suffering a potential punctured lung,” said the Rovers boss. “He was coughing blood at half-time.”
“He fell flat on his back, it wasn’t nice to see at half time him coughing up blood, the doctor got involved and he was taken to hospital awaiting an X-ray.”
Gallagher wasn’t the only player to suffer a serious injury for Rovers with Ryan Nyambe forced off with a hamstring injury in the closing stages.
The right-back received treatment on the sidelines and Mowbray suggest Nyambe could be out for a considerable period.
I’m also more worried about Nyambe,” Mowbray added, “somebody we have talked a lot about this week – a kid who works excessively hard and needed a break and yet the world seemed to question why Nyambe wasn’t playing – has now broken down and might be out for months.
“It’s his hamstring, you have to protect your players and people should just let the manager do their job.
“I understand, we have some issues moving forward and some players with pretty severe injuries so let’s see what the next game brings.”
🤕 Tony Mowbray also confirmed that Sam Gallagher was taken to hospital to undergo a scan on a potential punctured lung after going off at half-time at The City Ground.
— Blackburn Rovers (@Rovers) February 20, 2021
Chris Hughton’s side condemned Rovers to their fourth straight defeat in the league, leaving Blackburn 12th in the Championship table and face third-placed Watford on Wednesday in their next fixture.
When asked about how concerned he was by a fourth straight defeat, Mowbray said: “I’ve talked about my views on football, I’m performance related, I think the performance was really decent and if we play like that most weeks then we’ll win football matches.
“Brentford have lost their last three and they’re right up there, it’s this league, the team is the team, you know the team, I think the average of that team was 22, we had an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old playing at centre half, we had a 17-year-old in midfield, and I thought they were very good and generally dominated proceedings, but it wasn’t to be.”
“Football is a balance, you have to have defenders who can defend and you have to some men at the back who can head balls out and strikers who can score goals,” Mowbray added.
“You have to have midfielders who can tackle and pass, that’s what football is, it’s not just about the strikers, it’s about everything, you have to have a balance and at this moment we have four first choice defenders out injured, we played two loan young boys in our team and we missed a few opportunities to pick the right pass to score a few goals and it wasn’t to be.”
Mowbray says he will continue to keep working to improve the group of players available until he’s told otherwise.
“I think every team would say that I would imagine. Liverpool, I know they’re in the Premier League and irrelevant to us, but they are, if you’re going to hold up a team who are missing their stars that allowed them to win the European Cup, and win the Premier League, they haven’t got them,” Mowbray said of the injuries within his ranks.
“They’re playing with another team and it’s not quite good enough.
“Our best team I think we would be really threatening this league, but we haven’t had the best team, probably all year, but that’s okay, but football is about squads and about recruitment and the individuals, the balance of a team, where you have strength, where you have talent, someone who can pick the right pass, where you have someone who can kill teams off and score the goals, where you have defenders who can head the crosses out. That’s the balance of football.
“At the moment we’re four centre halves down, we’re actually a lot of midfield players down and we have to keep going until we’re told not to and that they (the owners) don’t like the fact we’ve lost four on the bounce, that’s okay.
“But I felt as though I enjoyed watching the team today, I stood on the side and enjoyed watching their drive, their intensity, their fight, and on another day we could have won that game.”
Fans wished the Blackburn star well as he was rushed to hospital after ‘coughing up blood’…
@NFFC Thanks from all Rovers fans. Form may be temporary but class is permanent and Forest have always shown that in my experience. Good luck for the rest of the season 👍
— Neil Groves (@Grover1875) February 21, 2021
@clarkeempireyt: Hes not my favourite player this season but it doesnt help when hes 9 ft and the manager is playing him on the wing. Hope he recovers and comes back better than ever
@BkU8s: #samgallagher playing till half time with a puncture lung – Christ most roll over after getting tackled by the grass #rovers #blackburn
@priceynffc11: Speedy recovery Sam. Forget rivalry, football needs you back.
@TheRobsonator93: Hope it’s not as bad as feared Sam, get better soon!
@stumarshall71: Best wishes for speedy recovery from Forest fan
@Tnewton_1988: Speedy recovery @SamGallagher40 #nffc #rovers
@LScotty2706: when did that happen then wtf? Get well soon
@hutchobserver: Jesus I’ve had a punctured Lung playing football ( ouch ) it’s the most painful experience ever !! I hope he’s ok and makes a full recovery, but he won’t be playing for a while !
@90azz: Hope your ok Sam. Football really is insignificant in the grand scheme of things.
@ChrisMartin_93: That’s a bad one. Get well soon, Sam!
@Seanyboy25: @SamGallagher40 possible punctured lung! Kin nora mate. Best wishes to you Gally, stay strong. #COYB
@DaveAshton4: Fuck. Get well Sam.
More tweets came in whilst the Blackburn star was rushed to hospital after ‘coughing up blood’…
@owskie81: Wow that’s a shock it seemed pretty innocuous- wonder how exactly it happened? Hope he’s ok.
@MarkWhittle1: Despite the result today, the more important thing is Sam Gallagher has a speedy recovery in what sounds a nasty injury. Wishing you all the best Gally #Rovers
@Ewood_1875_: Time to make some tea and forget today’s result and all the best to Sam Gallagher hope you make a speedy recovery
@mr_maack: Get well soon, @SamGallagher40.
@MandOxomand: Get well soon @SamGallagher40, you will be missed
@lodgie34: How’s he done that