There were worrying scenes on Saturday afternoon as Cardiff City keeper Alex Smithies is carried off the pitch in mystery circumstances.
The 30 year old is currently being assessed after having to be withdrawn in the opening stages of the Bluebirds’ clash with Bristol City.
The goalkeeper needed medical treatment in the ninth minute of the Championship fixture at Ashton Gate, putting his hand up to signal that he needed attention, before medical staff rushed on.
— WalesOnline (@WalesOnline) February 6, 2021
Following a significant break in play, where his blood pressure was being taken, he was stretchered off before being replaced by Dillon Phillips.
He was carried off the pitch and according to reports was sitting upright when taken off the field of play.
The Bluebirds’ official Twitter account posted on Twitter: “Alex Smithies receiving treatment. No involvement in play. Looking like he’ll be unable to continue.”
“Dillon Phillips replaces Alex Smithies. Thinking of you, Alex,” they wrote in a separate tweet.
hope alex smithies is good👍 pic.twitter.com/8fSoH7BsOl
— 🇵🇱🇵🇱 (@joeeedcfc) February 6, 2021
After that, Cardiff went on a scoring spree, finding the net twice within seven minutes to go into the break 2-0 up.
On the 18th minute, a brilliant free kick was sent in from Harry Wilson before the ball was then headed home by Curtis Nelson.
City lead by two moments later following excellent control and a cross from Sheyi Ojo, and Kieffer Moore headed home for his 11th goal of the campaign.
An update from Mick McCarthy on Alex Smithies – He was sick, he has not gone to hospital. He’s still in the physio room, he’s spoken to him and Smithies isn’t sure what is wrong.
Fans immediately took to social media after hearing of the worrying scenes as Cardiff keeper Alex Smithies is carried off the pitch in mystery circumstances…
Encouraging to see Alex Smithies sitting up as he’s taken from the pitch. pic.twitter.com/SDVMMQLqNr
— Cardiff City Mad (@cardiffcitymad) February 6, 2021
@480_Mark: Class reporting again from @MichelleOwen7 in terms of the Alex Smithies situation. One of the if not the best in the business at keeping fans up to date and being respectful too.
@AnthonyWareing: Alex Smithies gone off on a stretcher having had his blood pressure checked and being reported as ‘unsteady on his feet’ hope he is okay?
@Carter6D: Really sensible and quality reporting from @MichelleOwen7 talking about Alex Smithies and waiting to see what the news is before she says anything
@TomSpruce1: Hope Alex Smithies is okay, didn’t look too good..
@david_offcial98: Speedy recovery Alex Smithies #QPR
@Benfthomas_10: Very strange incident at Ashton Gate for Alex Smithies. He hasn’t been involved in the play or touched the ball but waved at the referee to stop the game, walked off the pitch and is now having various tests conducted by the paramedics. Hope everything’s alright
@cardiffcitymad: Alex Smithies in some distress. He’s being taken off as he’s clearly unwell with medics dealing with him. Phillips the sub keeper is on as Smithies is taken away on a stretcher. Not a football related injury as he hadn’t touched the ball. Hope he’s OK
@NWMYT: Get well soon Alex Smithies
@DJtom94: All the best to Alex Smithies and best of luck on a speedy recovery
@Rhysj91: Concerning for Alex smithies hope he’s ok
@bcfcEJ: Speedy recovery doesn’t look right
@CharlieN2001: That looks very concerning, here’s hoping everything’s alright with him
@DavidCh67439188: Let’s hope he is better ASAP
@JedBegley: Hope he’s alright doesn’t look good! #BCFC
@RyanODell75: Odd one this. He looks messed up and no reason why. Hope he ok?
@owenharris111: looks really concerning
@RichardCCFC: Speedy recovery keeps
@pauldav81858203: Get well soon, not nice to see.
@UnityMorgs: Get well soon alex thinking of you