Relief as Leeds United winger Jack Clarke discharged from hospital

Leeds United winger Jack Clarke was taken ill during Middlesbrough clash.
Leeds United winger Jack Clarke was taken ill during Middlesbrough clash.
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Leeds United winger Jack Clarke has left hospital and is returning home tonight after being taken ill during the club’s 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough.

The 18-year-old, who was substituted at half-time, required medical treatment on the bench late in the match and was given oxygen before being carried from the Riverside on a stretcher. He was immediately transferred for treatment at Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital.

Leeds United's Jack Clarke taken to hospital to undergo assessments after falling ill at Middlesbrough.

Leeds United's Jack Clarke taken to hospital to undergo assessments after falling ill at Middlesbrough.

Writing on Twitter this evening, Clarke’s agent Ian Harte said: “Jack has left the hospital now happy and smiling. Hopefully back on the pitch very soon.”

The incident led to a seven-minute stoppage while Clarke was tended to by paramedics but United head coach Marcelo Bielsa played down concerns about him after the final whistle.

“What we know is that he didn’t feel well,” Bielsa said. “We don’t really know the reasons yet.

“After feeling bad he recovered and when he was taken to the dressing room he was better, as if he had overcome the problem.

“He was taken to the hospital to see if everything was alright.”

Leeds released a statement shortly after full-time saying: "Jack Clarke began to feel unwell during the second half of our Sky Bet Championship fixture with Middlesbrough and received medical attention.

"The player is responsive and attending hospital with the club’s head of medicine and performance.

"On behalf of everyone at Leeds United, we would like to thank the medical staff from both clubs for their response to the incident."

The club are expected to issue another formal update in the next 24 hours.

Bielsa left the Riverside immediately after his post-match press conference to visit Clarke and check on his condition.

The winger started today’s game but was replaced at the interval by Pablo Hernandez.

The stoppage while he received treatment contributed to 12 minutes of injury-time. Leeds equalised in the 101st minute to earn a point.

Asked about the award of 12 minutes of added time, Boro boss Tony Pulis said: “I'm more concerned about Jack Clarke and I hope he's okay.

“The important thing is that fingers crossed, the boy is okay and he recovers because he's a very talented young player. All our thoughts go to the lad Clarke.”