Former Preston North End defender released from hospital after being knocked unconscious

Former Preston North End defender Nicky Hunt has been released from hospital after suffering a head injury playing for Darlington on Tuesday night.
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Hunt, 37, had to be treated on the pitch for more than an hour before being taken by ambulance to hospital.

He had clashed heads with Boston United player Joe Leesley in the 87th minute of a National League North game.

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The game was abandoned, with Hunt having been knocked unconscious.

Nicky Hunt (right) playing for Preston North End against Tranmere in Matrtch 2012Nicky Hunt (right) playing for Preston North End against Tranmere in Matrtch 2012
Nicky Hunt (right) playing for Preston North End against Tranmere in Matrtch 2012

Darlington released a statement on Wednesday confirming better news about the defender.

The statement read: "We are pleased to inform everyone that following a scan on his head and neck at North Tees Hospital early this morning, Nicky has been given the all-clear.

"He was released from hospital at around 5am, and he returned home to rest with his family.

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"Once again, we would like to thank the physios from both Darlington and Boston who gave Nicky so much care and attention on the field, their professionalism prevented the situation from getting even worse, and also to the medical staff for their attention.

"We would also like to thank everyone from across the football spectrum for sending their best wishes to Nicky."

Hunt spent the second-half of the 2011/2012 season with North End after joining them on a non-contract basis early in Graham Westley's reign, making 15 starts and two substitute appearances.

His one PNE goal came in a 2-2 draw with Charlton - the game in which Graham Alexander scored a dramatic late equaliser in his final appearance.

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After leaving North End in the summer of 2012, Hunt signed for Rotherham. He has since played for Accrington Stanley, Mansfield, Leyton Orient, Notts County and Crewe.

Hunt joined Darlington this season and played in their recent FA Cup first-round victory over League One side Swindon Town.

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