Accrington’s cup match abandoned after Tom Bender’s serious injury

This evening’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match between Accrington Stanley and Tranmere Rovers has been called off following a severe injury sustained by Stanley’s young defender Tom Bender.

Bender was left unconscious on the field of play following a collision involving himself and Tranmere’s Ian Dunbavin and Lucas Akin. He was treated for 30 minutes at the scene before paramedics felt safe to rush him to hospital. A broken neck is suspected.

Bender, 19, is currently on loan from Colchester United and was making only his second appearance for the League Two side. The match itself was abandoned with Tranmere leading 2-1 with goals coming from Ash Taylor and Mustafa Tirkyaka, however all thoughts will of course now turn to Bender and his recovery

Speaking to the BBC after the incident, Accrington’s chief executive Rob Heys said:

“It was a three-way collision between Tom, Ian Dunbavin and the Tranmere player.

“It’s difficult at this time to say what the injury is but our club doctor and physio ran immediatly to his assistance.”

“Both sets of players were shaken up by the incident hence why we took the decision to call the game off – it’s only natural reaction when you see a player stay down for so long.

‘He was starting to show signs of coming around as he left the ground.”

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