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Boateng boost for Hull

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Hull have received some good news after midfielder George Boateng was released from hospital following a sickening head injury at Stoke on Saturday.

The veteran Dutchman was carried off on a stretcher and taken straight to hospital after being struck in the face by Stoke forward Tuncay Sanli's overhead kick.

He was kept in hospital overnight for observation amid fears he had suffered a fractured jaw, but has now returned home after a series of scans and X-rays all came back clear.

Boateng was knocked unconscious in the incident, which came after Tigers boss Iain Dowie had already made his three substitutions and left City to play the final quarter-hour and resulting eight minutes of injury time with 10 men.

Dowie said afterwards: "There was a lot of blood in his airway and we had to suction that out as he was struggling to breathe.

"By the time he left he was a lot more comfortable. It was a fantastic challenge and that is the type of character he is.

"It was a hell of a whack but there was no malice from Tuncay as I think he was shocked too."

Boateng, 34, has been in inspired form in the latter half of the season, establishing himself as the Tigers' captain in the absence of the injured Anthony Gardner, and an extended absence would have represented a major blow to Dowie's plans.

A statement on the club's official website, www.hullcityafc.net, read: "Due to the nature of the injury, the midfielder will continue to be monitored daily and will be seen by specialists again in the next 48 hours.

"Boateng is now back at home with his family."

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