Mildenhall’s Ruddy suffers concussion

SIDELINED: Mildenhall's Rob Ruddy (right) will be out of action for a while with concussion
SIDELINED: Mildenhall's Rob Ruddy (right) will be out of action for a while with concussion

Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division title-chasing Mildenhall Town will be without the services of Rob Ruddy for the next ‘three to four weeks’ after the defender suffered concussion during Saturday’s 2-1 win at Walsham-le-Willows.

There was 10 minutes left to play at Summer Road when the centre-back clashed heads with Walsham’s Jack Brame.

After initial treatment from Mildenhall’s physiotherapist Bethany Ellen and her Walsham counterpart, an ambulance was called to take Ruddy to West Suffolk Hospital for further assessment.

He has since been discharged, but is unlikely to return to action until the last weekend of the month at the earliest.

Mildenhall boss Greygoose said: “It is a big blow to lose Rob, but obviously the main thing is that he is okay. It was a worrying situation.

“I think Rob is most gutted about missing the games that are coming up over the next three to four weeks.

“He has improved a lot since joining us and is a key player in the defence.”

On the work carried out by Ellen, who laid on the pitch holding Ruddy’s head in position for almost an hour until the paramedics arrived, Greygoose added: “She is very important to us, both on and off the pitch.

“Beth is one of my best signings since I took over and one of the main reasons why we are able to attract good players to the club.

“The players know how good she is at her job and they trust her because of that.”

Mildenhall’s victory at Walsham, which has left them six points clear at the top, came courtesy of first-half goals from Max Melanson and Lee Clift.