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Teenage footballer suffers fractured skull and brain haemorrhage

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A 16-year-old footballer had a lucky escape after suffering a fractured skull and brain haemorrhage on his Stroud League debut for Minchinhampton FC. 

Forest Green fan Olly Sykes suffered a horrific injury after an accidental clash of heads at the end of Minchinhampton Reserves fixture against Frampton 3rds. 

“I was knocked out after colliding heads with a Frampton defender who was also knocked out,” revealed Olly, a winger for Minch. 

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Olly Sykes suffered a horrific injury after an accidental clash of heads at the end of Minchinhampton Reserves fixture against Frampton 3rds. 

“The ref was about to blow the whistle, the ball had been kicked high in the middle of the pitch and I had gone to contest the ball, but not noticing the defender behind me as I jumped towards the ball, I beat the player to the ball and he had already committed himself to a header and caught me on the side of my head.” 

Olly, who works part-time at The Lamb Inn, Eastcombe was rushed to Gloucester Royal Hospital by his dad, where a CT scan revealed a fractured skull and brain haemorrhage, where he was subsequently transferred to Bristol Southmead and successfully operated on. 

Olly admitted he was fortunate to make a full recovery: “I’m lucky – this type of injury is so rare in football and I wasn’t expecting to suffer a fractured skull and brain haemorrhage.” 

On the road to recovery, Olly is expected to return to football in three months. 

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