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Harriers striker set to be discharged from hospital
7:22pm Saturday 28th April 2012 in Harriers
Harriers striker Anthony Malbon looks set to be released from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after sustaining injury against Mansfield today.
The striker was airlifted to hospital after being fouled by Mansfield winger Louis Briscoe.
He needed nine minutes of treatment for a blow to the head before being stretchered off.
The game was cut short in injury time and fans were asked to leave the ground because of safety concerns as the air ambulance prepared to land on the Aggborough pitch.
After being assessed and scanned in Birmingham, it looks as though the 20-year-old has been given the all-clear.
Club doctor Phil Earl praised the efforts of Harriers physio Gavin Crowe for his efforts to treat Malbon during the game.
"I think it looks a lot worse than it actually is - it is all very precautionary.
"He suffered a significant blow to his head and his neck and was unconscious for a couple of minutes. But we got him off the pitch very quickly and got him stabilised.
"He came round but is still suffering from quite an amount of pain in his neck and from a splitting headache.
"We thought the best thing was to get him off to hospital and the paramedics' decision was that he should be transported by air ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where I am sure he will be given the best of care."
After the match, fans were let back in so players could perform a shortened lap of honour. Malbon was voted away fans player of the season, despite joining in January. His award was accepted by manager Steve Burr.
Jamille Matt was junior fans' player of the year, while Lee Vaughan was voted player of the year.
Kitman Ade Ganderton was clubman of the year.