Tom Lockyer’s collapse leads to abandonment of Bournemouth vs Luton match

Saturday’s meeting between Bournemouth and Luton Town has been abandoned after Hatters defender Tom Lockyer collapsed on the pitch. Lockyer, who previously underwent heart surgery after collapsing on the pitch last season, fell without any contact from other players.

The incident took place shortly before the hour-mark with the score tied at 1-1. Medical officials immediately rushed to Lockyer’s aid, and he was eventually stretchered off the pitch. Following the incident, the match officials made the decision to suspend the game and lead the players down the tunnel.

After nearly half an hour, the match was abandoned altogether due to the severity of the situation. According to Sky Sports News, the Bournemouth doctor has confirmed that 29-year-old Lockyer is “alert and responsive” and has been taken to the hospital for further assessment.

Luton Town released a statement expressing their concern for Lockyer, stating, “We all hope and pray for our leader and captain Tom Lockyer, who is thankfully responsive and has been taken to the hospital. We don’t know the full extent of what happened and what the next steps are at this stage, but we thank Bournemouth and the medical staff on both sides for their immediate response, which was absolutely amazing.”

The club also expressed their gratitude to the supporters for their understanding and support during such a difficult time. Lockyer’s teammates and the players from both sides were left in no state of mind to continue with the game after witnessing their much-loved team-mate and friend being taken off the pitch in such a manner.

Lockyer had previously spoken about his heart surgery, stating, “I’ve had the operation to fix it and it shouldn’t happen again. There’s not really any reason to say why that happened. I’ve been given the all-clear and I just want to draw a line under it now and move on. I’ve had my full heart checked and double checked with all the scans and tests they can do on a heart, and they’ve all come back positive.”

The abandonment of the match due to a player’s health issue served as a reminder of the importance of player safety in professional sports. The incident also highlighted the emotional toll such situations can have on players, staff, and fans present in the stadium.

As the football community comes together to support Tom Lockyer and his family during this difficult time, the focus will shift to understanding the underlying cause of the player’s collapse and ensuring that necessary measures are in place to prevent such incidents in the future.


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