KIDDERMINSTER Harriers defender Matt Preston is receiving hospital treatment after sustaining a "significant" injury against Alfreton Town.

Yesterday’s game was abandoned after Preston sustained an ankle injury in the 10th minute.

Preston, who was crowned Man of the Match in Harrier’s heroic FA cup fourth round tie against West Ham earlier this month, received treatment at Aggborough before being taken to hospital in Birmingham.

A statement from the club said: “Matt Preston is currently receiving treatment in hospital following an injury during today’s match with Alfreton at Aggborough.

"After around ten minutes of the game, Matt suffered a significant ankle injury, leading to the abandonment of the fixture.

"He received immediate care at Aggborough before being taken to hospital in Birmingham where he’s undergoing scans and X-Rays.

"All our thoughts at this time are with Matt – we’ll provide fans with any further updates as and when they’re available."

Updating fans on Twitter, Preston vowed to come “back stronger” after undergoing surgery.

He wrote: “Just out from my first surgery, honestly blown away by the love shown, completely overwhelmed.. Thank you to everyone who has messaged, it is massively appreciated, and not a single one has been overlooked! But I’ll be back stronger”


Well wishes were also sent by England star and West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, who played against Preston when Harriers took on the Hammers in the FA Cup earlier this month.

Rice posted: “Was incredible against us the other week, even better person off the pitch too. Wishing you a speedy recovery Matt.”