AFC Bournemouth: Henderson injury could spell premature end to Cherries loan (From Bournemouth Echo)
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AFC Bournemouth: Henderson injury could spell premature end to Cherries loan
LUCKLESS Stephen Henderson looks set for an extended spell on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder during Cherries’ clash at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
The goalkeeper, just minutes into his second game of a three-month loan spell with Cherries, sustained the injury during an accidental collision with Forest’s Simon Cox.
Cox followed in and caught the West Ham man on the left shoulder as the two players challenged for a loose ball after Henderson had parried a shot from Djamal Abdoun.
Medical staff from both dugouts immediately rushed to the visibly-distressed stopper’s aid and administered gas and air in an attempt to dull the pain before he was stretchered off.
Henderson received further pain-killing medication in the treatment room at the City Ground before he was taken by ambulance to the nearby Queen’s Medical Centre.
The 25-year-old Irishman had his shoulder put back in by doctors after an X-ray had shown no fracture before Henderson was discharged.
He was then driven by Cherries physio Steve Hard to Cherwell Valley services where Henderson’s wife was waiting to take him back to their home in Essex. Henderson will be assessed and treated by medical staff at Upton Park and could be out for up to six months should he require surgery, which looks increasingly likely.
In the event of Henderson not being fit to feature for Cherries before his loan expires in January, the Dorset club would ask West Ham to officially recall him.
Speaking to the Daily Echo last night, Cherries physio Hard said: “When I ran on to the pitch, I knew straight away it was his shoulder and he was in agony.
“We have a signal we give to the dugout when we know it is serious and that means I need back up. Andrew Balderstone, the Nottingham Forest physio, came on and helped me give him gas and air to get him settled. We couldn’t put him on a stretcher until he had had some pain relief.
“The paramedics supported us and it was a good team effort. Everybody worked together to help put Stephen at ease. I thought the situation was dealt with very well and everything ran smoothly, under the circumstances. I would like to thank everybody who helped.”
Asked about the incident during his post-match press conference, Cherries boss Eddie Howe said: “It was a tough moment for us. If you lose your goalkeeper early in a game away from home, it can rock you. Thankfully, we dealt with it okay but our thoughts are with Stephen.
“It is a real shame because he has had to be patient and wait for his chance to come out and get some football. He did really well for us against Millwall so it is a big blow for him and us.”
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