Liverpool loan goalkeeper Kamil Grabara was knocked ‘unconscious’ before being carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital during Huddersfield Town’s 2-1 victory against Hull City in the Championship last night.
Grabara, 21, was forced to leave the field following a clash with Christopher Schindler during the Terrier’s first victory in five matches to lift Danny Cowley’s team six points off the drop.
The Polish shot-stopper has been an ever-present figure for the West Yorkshire outfit since his summer loan move from Anfield. He has started 27 games for Huddersfield and has missed just one league match all season due to illness.
Grabara is a player that is held in very high esteem amongst the management staff at Liverpool. The Poland U21s captain made six appearances under Neil Critchley last season and was made to fight alongside Caoimhín Kelleher for the No.1 jersey at Kirkby.
The Liverpool loanee has conducted himself superbly since his move to the John Smith’s Stadium. Although his current club have endured a tough start following their relegation from the Premier League last season, Grabara has been a shining light for Huddersfield and shot-stopper will have proved a huge coup should his team survive the drop this campaign.
Despite the victory, however, Cowley could not hide his disappointment at losing his goalkeeper to a nasty injury.
“It was a very important win in our season, but obviously our thoughts are with Kamil Grabara,” said the former Lincoln City manager [Examiner Live].
“He’s a young boy, and you never want to see that in football.
“He didn’t know where he was when he came round, so he was rushed to hospital and he is in good hands.
“Kamil had a neck brace on and I wasn’t able to speak with him.
“It was difficult for the team because the boys are all very close and they are worried for him, but they stuck at it and got an important win.”
What RTK has to say
A huge blow for a player that has gained so much momentum during his inaugural bout in the English professional game.
The Liverpool youngster has gained invaluable experience since trading Merseyside for West Yorkshire.
With his prospect looking thin due to the likes of Alisson Becker, Adrian and Kelleher all competing for places.
Kelleher, unlike Grabara, opted not to push for a loan move and decided to try his fortunes with Jurgen Klopp’s senior team. The Irish goalkeeper has started three times for the first team this season with each appearance occurring in the EFL Cup.