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Update emerges on Sheff Utd’s John Fleck after collapsing on the pitch mid-game

Update emerges on Sheff Utd’s John Fleck after collapsing on the pitch mid-game in the 63rd minute away to Reading in the Championship.

The 30 year old midfielder fell to the ground unchallenged with the Blades going on to secure a 1-0 win at the Select Car Leasing Stadium thanks to Jayden Bogle.

While the result was all well and good, everyone had Flecky in their mind, and were kept updated over his condition after being rushed to A&E.

Sheffield United revealed after the match that Fleck was conscious when he left the stadium via the ambulance gate.

Fleck was given urgent medical attention and after a 10 minute stoppage in play, was taken off on a stretcher and out of the ground to a waiting ambulance.

He was taken straight to the Royal Berkshire Hospital to undergo tests.

The issued a further statement the following day: “Sheffield United is grateful to report that John Fleck has been discharged from hospital and will return to Sheffield today (Wednesday).

“He was conscious when he was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital and was communicative with club and medical personnel, as well as his family.

“After comprehensive medical examinations and staying in hospital overnight for observation, he has been allowed home, where United medical staff will continue to monitor him closely.

“United and John Fleck would like to thank all who assisted at a stressful time last night and also everyone for their supportive messages.”

A number of Fleck’s team mates, including the likes of goalkeeper Wes Foderingham and defender John Egan, urged paramedics onto the playing surface after becoming aware of their colleague’s predicament.

With referee Andy Davies immediately calling a halt to proceedings, Fleck could be seen wearing an oxygen mask before being helped onto a stretcher.

Players were visible left shaken by what they were witnessing, while everyone inside the stadium fell silent with the medics at work.


Blades boss Slavisa Jokanovic said: “John is conscious, he is in the hospital, he is talking with the doctors and he is in good hands.

“We hope everything will be okay and we expect everything will be fine. He was talking and he asked for the result.

“I didn’t really see the incident but it looked like he just collapsed, without any physical contact around him.

“I am not a doctor but the news is positive. It was not an easy situation for everybody.”

Sheffield United owner Prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad tweeted: “Get well John Fleck.”

Reading manager Veljko Paunovic expressed his hope that Fleck will make a full recovery.

He added: “The experience we all had tonight was so dramatic and so horrible.

“I hope that John will return as soon as possible in good shape in his normal life, and to play football like he did before.

“Hopefully, there are no other consequences [for him] after this.”

Sheffield United posted a lovely well-wishing message to Fleck after the match

Reading’s Veljko Paunovic on the game: “Everyone knew that this would be a game of one goal.

“Whoever scored first had more possibilities to win.

“I think that both teams suffered from fatigue and, everywhere around the league, you can see the results are not many goals – a lot of 0-0s and draws.

“It just indicates that, at this point of the season, an early midweek game affects both teams in terms of the quality.

“We knew at half-time that we had to be patient.

“United didn’t really threaten us but neither did we threaten them, so it was a very flat game for me.

Slavisa Jokanovic also said on the game: “We are where we are and we really needed that.

“We need other points, which is what we deserved from before. We were confident in our possession and we had a lot of the passes but we didn’t create that many chances, especially in the first half.

“We had some situations from set-plays but we didn’t find enough space for us to run in to.

“Reading made a good defensive job on us at times but, fortunately, we didn’t show any weaknesses today.”

As an update emerges on Sheff Utd’s John Fleck after collapsing on the pitch mid-game, fans were quick to give their reaction…

@dannymason1986: Best wishes Fleck!

@craig99mac: Win’s not important. Fleck’s health is

@Stevwrig: Glad United won, but really worried about Fleck. That was a horrible thing to see and we didn’t even really see much. Everything needs to be done to stop this happening to more athletes, and everyone else.

@1889Dylan: Great win. doesn’t feel like it though, just shows that there’s things more important than the 3 points

@CallumCheswick: Football doesn’t matter much this evening, just brilliant to see John Fleck conscious after some harrowing scenes at Reading

@twistedsister17: Happy we won, but can’t celebrate after what happened to John Fleck. Awful scenes and so soon after the incident with Christian Eriksen at the Euros. Please let him be ok.

@twistedsister17: That was horrible to see, really hope he’s ok. Win it for Flecky boys!!

@Dunks_92: Rivalry aside I hope John fleck has a speedy recovery & all is well… we don’t like to see this in football 🙏🏾⚽️ @SheffieldUnited 💯🙏🏾

@SamSpencer001: Thoughts are with John and his family. Praying he recovers quickly

@saintsshirts: Get well soon.Terrible. makes me fuming, who knows why or what. What we do know is incidents like this have increased on a HUGE scale recently. When are clubs and people going to demand this is looked into rather than ignoring the potential elephant in the room or blaming COVID.

@SJJohnson2018: Hope John Fleck is ok! Surely even the most in denial that things are not as rare as we are being told can see this now? It used to be rare for a player or a fan to collapse, now it’s pretty much a weekly thing! Tragic!

@tyronej1984: John Fleck at his peak walks into most Blades Best XI. So many unreal performances and memories. However, his recovery is the only thing that matters now. ♥️ #twitterblades #SUFC

@VicR4ttlehead: This is happening all too often these days. Something needs to be done

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