08:30 Tuesday 10 December 2013

Gary Rowett upbeat over Adam McGurk after Burton Albion striker is knocked unconscious


GARY Rowett is hopeful that the incident which saw Adam McGurk knocked unconscious at the weekend will not rule his top-scorer out of action.

McGurk, who has netted eight goals so far this season, was stretchered off following a 30th-minute collision in the Brewers’ 1-1 draw at Fleetwood Town in the FA Cup second round on Saturday.

He was out cold for around a minute before being taken to hospital, where he was discharged before the final whistle blew at Highbury Stadium.

And Rowett believes there was no lasting damage done, especially given McGurk’s keenness to join his team-mates’ festive celebration later that evening.

“I think Adam is okay, “ said the Albion boss.

“I spoke to him straight after the game and he was feeling better.

“The players went for their Christmas party in Liverpool after the game, and Adam was trying to get in on that, so he can’t have been too bad.

“But we made sure he didn’t go.

“His mum and dad drove him home, although we met up again at the services and he seemed fine.”

Asked if McGurk would be ruled out of the match against York City at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday, Rowett said: “I haven’t got a clue – I would hope not.

“But until we assess him, I’d be speculating really.

“We’ll assess him over the week but we’re not expecting a major lay-off or anything.

“Once we sit down and discuss it with Adam and James Rowlands (the club physiotherapist), we’ll have a better idea.”

Concussion has been something of a hot topic recently, with Tottenham Hotspur criticised for allowing goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to play on after being knocked unconscious in a Premier League game against Everton.

The Frenchman was subsequently given the all clear by medical staff, although he did sit out Spurs’ subsequent Europa League match.

FA rules state only that players knocked unconscious should not play again that day.

“I’m not aware of any rule, and if there is, it depends what they class as concussion,” said Rowett.

“I wouldn’t expect him to train, but I would have thought he’ll be okay to do some light work in the gym, as there’d be no danger there.”

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