Bender recovering well after scare

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Accrington defender Tom Bender was on Wednesday morning comfortable in hospital as he recovered from the head injury he suffered in Tuesday night's abandoned Johnstone's Paint Trophy match against Tranmere.

The on-loan Colchester man was given the all-clear following a brain scan after suffering severe concussion when he collided with team-mate Ian Dunbavin as the goalkeeper came out to clear a ball into the box in the 38th minute. The 18-year-old was knocked out and needed half an hour of treatment on the pitch, including oxygen and a drip, before the ambulance took him to hospital.

A spokesman for Blackburn Hospital, where he remained overnight, said on Wednesday morning: "Mr Bender is comfortable and waiting to see the medic for assessment."

The match was halted after the incident, with Tranmere 2-1 up at the time.

Stanley chief executive Rob Heys visited the player in hospital on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning and said: "He regained consciousness last night and was in a stable condition. He was in good spirits when I left.

"He's had a bang on the head so they'll take the necessary precautions and we'd expect to know more later on today."

Bender joined Accrington last month on a season-long loan deal and made his debut as a substitute against Barnet, on September 3. His first career start came in a 3-2 defeat of Carlisle in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy the following day.

He has also represented Wales at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level - coming on as a substitute in the latter's match against Hungary last month.

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