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Tom Bender's father thanks Accrington and Tranmere medical teams

Accrington Stanley defender Tom Bender is on the mend following his horror accident against Tranmere on Tuesday night.

The 18-year-old defender was knocked unconscious in a collision during the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie, but has now been released from hospital.

"Tom's OK and he's in good spirits. He doesn't remember too much about it," his father Lee Bender told Stanley's website. "My wife, our family and I would like to thank all the medical staff. We couldn't have wished for any more support."

The Wales under-21 international, at Accrington on a season-long loan from Colchester, was treated by medical teams from both clubs for 30 minutes on the pitch until an ambulance arrived. Subsequent brain and neck scans came back clear.

"The players and management teams from both sides were great and everyone at Colchester's been brilliant too," his father added. 

"It's amazing that there's so much interest, but the void between the Premier League and League Two doesn't seem so great when something like this happens - they're all doing the same thing and they all feel for each other."

The match was abandoned on 39 minutes with Tranmere leading 2-1 and the rescheduled date for the match will be announced soon.


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