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McCarthy relief for Rovers
12 Aug 2007 - 09:27:20
Blackburn Rovers striker Benni McCarthy has been given the all-clear after suffering a nasty head injury during the 2-1 opening day victory at Middlesbrough.
The South African was replaced on the hour mark after falling to the ground, before being stretchered off in a neck brace and taken to hospital for check-ups.
However, Rovers boss Mark Hughes said later on: "We got word that he was okay when I was in the dressing room.
"Obviously there was a concern when he went off, I think everybody saw that after the initial impact he was able to walk away, but then he passed out I think.
"So there is genuine concern once a player has been taken off on a stretcher with his neck in a brace, but thankfully we feel that he's okay."
Meanwhile, Hughes hailed substitutes Roque Santa Cruz and Matt Derbyshire, after they netted the vital goals at the Riverside, with the former earning a special mention.
"I think you saw in the short time that he was on the field that he's got great qualities," Hughes told the club's official website.
"He's a big guy, he's a threat in the air and he'll get on the end of things because we produce quality balls in the box.
"He's also quick for a big guy. He's got some great qualities and he's going to have a great season for us."