Paddy Almond: Darlington defender remains under observation after bleed on the brain

Paddy Almond
Paddy Almond came through Sunderland’s academy

Darlington defender Paddy Almond remains under observation in hospital following a bleed on the brain after Saturday’s game at Southend.

Almond, 20, was transferred to a specialist hospital in London following initial treatment.

The Sunderland academy graduate, who joined Darlington last month, had a second brain scan on Sunday morning.

It was expected that he would have surgery but doctors decided to postpone a decision on whether to go ahead.

“Happily, his condition hasn’t deteriorated, and appears to be stabilising. He is sat up in his bed, eating food and chatting with his family,” said a Darlington statement.external-link

“Paddy and his family are very grateful for all the messages of goodwill from throughout the world of football, and as a club we have been most touched by all the support for him.

“The football world has truly come together, rivalries have been set aside.”

Centre-back Almond only returned to action in November after being a passenger in a car accident in June, which left him with head injuries.

He was treated on the pitch and in the dressing room for concussion before being taken to Southend General Hospital and later moved to London.

“Everyone at Southend United sends their best to Paddy and wishes him a speedy recovery,” their National League opponents posted on Twitter.

Southend won the FA Trophy tie 2-1.