Ryhall United player recovers from neck injury after being airlifted to hospital

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A RYHALL United footballer was airlifted to hospital after suffering a neck injury in a game on Saturday.

Midfielder Ricky Dent, who also plays for Deeping Rangers, was playing for the A team away against Rippingale and Folkingham when he attempted an overhead kick and landed badly.

An ambulance was called and then an air ambulance as he drifted in and out of consciousness.

Dent, 28, was flown to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham but was released the next day, suffering with tendon and muscle damage in his neck and back.

Ryhall Utd secretary and treasurer Leon Fedasch was playing in the match and near Dent when he fell.

He said: “They were sending an ambulance when he started to slip in and out of consciousness and they decided to send an air ambulance.”

The air ambulance was quickly on the scene and Dent, who lives in Stamford, was taken off to hospital.

The game was called off and Leon said it could have been much worse.

Ryhall would like to thank the air ambulance and Rippingale and Folkingham Football Club for their support during the incident and wish Ricky a speedy recovery.