Ian Evatt was careful to measure his words after an injury to Jacob Blyth brought an early end to Barrow AFC’s pre-season opener, report The (North West Evening) Mail.
Blyth suffered a dislocated shoulder, damage to the wrist and elbow area, and was assessed for concussion after an incident just four minutes into the friendly against Furness Select at Rakesmoor Lane.
Initially it had been feared he had suspected a triple break – to his wrist, elbow and shoulder areas – but scans at Furness General Hospital revealed no fractures. He will need further assessment on the wrist in the coming week.
The striker was involved in a tussle for possession with Furness’s Kane Fitch, which ended with him falling through the sponsorship boards at the end of the pitch, rolling across the terracing and hitting the external wall of the ground.
Blyth was treated at pitch-side by club medical staff for 45 minutes before an ambulance arrived. The 25-year-old new signing – in his first appearance for Barrow – was then seen to be paramedics, who took him to FGH.
Evatt was obviously angry at the delay to the arrival of the ambulance – crossing the field and being heard to tell the paramedics “the lad has been there half-an-hour and he’s in agony” when they arrived – and was seen arguing with members of the Furness Select coaching staff and players after he had the game called off with just 33 minutes played.
He was still upset following the abandonment, worrying about Blyth and his health.
“It’s obviously very upsetting, and our thoughts are obviously with the player,” he said at a time when he thought it likely there had been a triple break, before pausing and composing himself. “I’m a bit speechless, more than anything else.”
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