Euro 2012 - Smalling, Huntelaar hospitalised

Thu, 01 Mar 09:07:00 2012

England's Chris Smalling and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar both ended up in hospital after clashing heads when the Dutchman scored the second goal in a 3-2 friendly win for the Netherlands.

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Huntelaar netted with a powerful header into the roof of the net after 59 minutes but smashed into Smalling, who went up for the same ball.

The two lay on the Wembley pitch for some time before Smalling was carried away on a stretcher and Schalke striker Huntelaar walked off holding a bandage to his face.

England's interim coach Stuart Pearce said Manchester United defender Smalling had gone for a check-up.

"Chris went to hospital. I spoke with him and he was conscious, but he split his head open. Our thoughts are with him and I am hoping that he will be fine."

Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk said: "Huntelaar has gone to hospital because we think he has some damage there (to his head) but we don't know for sure.

"He looked better in the dressing room than on the pitch, but we have decided to have him checked out."


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