Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck has been released from hospital after collapsing on the pitch during his side’s Championship fixture with Reading on Tuesday night. .
The Blades were leading 1-0 thanks to Jayden Bogle’s 56th-minute strike when Fleck collapsed on the pitch in the second-half.
His team-mates immediately called for medical assistance and the 30-year-old received 10 minutes of urgent medical treatment on the pitch at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night before being transported to Royal Berkshire Hospital.
After remaining conscious in hospital for around 12 hours, Fleck was released on Wednesday morning and is heading back to Sheffield after speaking clearly to his family, club personnel and medics.
Sheffield United have not commented on what caused Fleck to collapse or what part of the body was affected in the incident.
Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck was rushed to hospital after collapsing on the pitch
There was immediate concern for the Scotland international on the pitch at the Madejski
Players watched on with their heads in their hands as Fleck received treatment for 10 minutes
A Blades statement read on Wednesday: ‘Sheffield United is grateful to report that John Fleck has been discharged from hospital & will return to Sheffield today.
‘He was conscious when he was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital and was communicative with club and medical personnel, as well as his family.
‘After comprehensive medical examinations and staying in hospital overnight for observation, he has been allowed home, where United medical staff will continue to monitor him closely.
‘United and John Fleck would like to thank all who assisted at a stressful time last night and also everyone for their supportive messages.’
The 30-year-old received 10 minutes of urgent medical treatment on the pitch at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night before being transported to hospital
Sky Sports News reported on Tuesday night that Fleck ‘was able to stand with the aid of an oxygen mask’ and was conscious when he left the stadium. However, he still required a stretcher to exit the pitch safely.
Fleck received a standing ovation from the crowd and a round of applause as he was stretchered off the pitch and taken to hospital.
Play resumed shortly after Fleck’s departure – with Conor Hourihane coming on for the midfielder. There were also thirteen minutes of stoppage time added to the game.
Sheffield United managed to hang on to the 1-0 win and to move up to 16th in the table, but branded their support to Fleck as ‘more important’.