An EFL player was taken to hospital after suffering a ‘nasty injury to private parts’, according to reports this week.
Defender Rory McArdle was rushed straight to A&E after his goal secured Exeter City a 1-0 win over Stevenage in League Two with what manager Matt Taylor described as a ‘serious gash to his private parts’.
The match-winner headed home a Jack Sparkes free-kick with 28 minutes on the clock for the only goal of what was a tight affair of few real chances.
However he ended up having to go off the pitch injured with five minutes to go after picking the ‘nasty’ injury when a stud of a Stevenage player caught him when he blocked a shot on goal.
He was released from hospital and spent the night in the hotel with the rest of his Exeter City teammates in Hertfordshire after suffering the nasty injury.
— Exeter City FC (@OfficialECFC) February 3, 2021
“We can confirm Rory McArdle was discharged from hospital last night and stayed with the team overnight in their hotel,” said the club in a brief statement which was put out on their social media channels.
Speaking after the game, Taylor said: “He has gone to hospital straightaway with what looks like a serious injury, which is a real shame for Rory.
“It is a gash on his private parts, which is a really serious gash and he has gone straight to hospital. Hopefully they will help him out the best they can.
“It’s a nasty injury. I’ve not seen it myself but the reports are it is scary.
“I think it came when he blocked a shot and the lad’s studs caught him in a really nasty place.”
Taylor added: “He led that backline, scored the header, and defended the box with his life.”
The result sees Exeter rise to eighth in the League Two table and the win was just their third in the last 12 games but also their first away from St James Park in more than two months.
“It was a really good win,” Matt Taylor said. “We played pretty well and fair play to Stevenage as they throw the ball in difficult areas and I felt we dealt with it quite well for most of the evening.
“We dealt with them well and snuffed them out and we had a real threat about us. We got a good goal from a set piece and we were unlucky not to go further ahead, and we didn’t have to weather a storm as such but we took the sting out of it and saw the game out comfortably at the end. I am delighted with the clean sheet as we needed to start games better and we did that today.
“The pitch allowed us to move the ball better and it came down to the nitty-gritty of League Two football. But we’ll put this bed and look to Bradford on Saturday, and as pleased as we are now, we will pick the bodies out, and put out a team with changes.”
💬 “That was a really good win for us and I thought we played pretty well.”
— Exeter City FC (@OfficialECFC) February 2, 2021
Alex Revell, Stevenage manager, said: “It was a bit of everything. We want quality from out wide, we wanted movement in the box and it doesn’t just come down to a couple of things.
“They defended excellently and got the ball away from their goal. That meant we had to start again and then again.
“We became frustrated and forced things.
“The first half showed what we are trying to do and that we have a clear plan, like we have every game. If one of the two chances we get goes in, it’s a different story.
“It’s frustrating. They did the simple things well and when they needed to clear their lines, they did it.
“It was a tough night.”
Fans reacted after hearing that the EFL player was taken to hospital after suffering a ‘nasty injury to private parts’, before getting released…
@SteveParr36: He is still one of us, good to hear
@Jamiedecfc: Big rozza has balls of steel
@1903bw: Oh balls
@rosiedenham: I doubt he’ll thank Taylor for that quote
@AlexMil77689521: Great news. Hope you are back playing soon Rory
@markyboy6336 on the EFL player taken to hospital: Speedy recovery big man
@Seersy24: That’s great news glad he’s ok I was thinking ouch man of steel
@bcafcwin: Great news, wishing Rory a speedy recovery!
@anth_ecfc: Either you certainly wouldn’t want any football studs near them parts .
@GrecianInItaly: Good news. I’m a little surprised the team stayed overnight as I thought the reason behind the early kick offs was to get back home at a convenient time?
@Seanjames344: Best wishes Mr Rory McArdle – assume regardless of the injury you will be lining up against us Saturday as your hard as nails !
@CraigWalter6: I hope you have a very speedy recovery to Rory McArdle. You are a great player and a decent man.