No comeback date set for Bender

Tom Bender
Bender, on loan from Colchester, has captained Wales at Under-19 level

On-loan Accrington Stanley defender Tom Bender is not sure when he will be allowed to resume full training after last week's nasty head injury.

"It's too early to say at the moment," Bender told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"But, hopefully, once I have seen a specialist he'll give me a better time frame of when I can be back playing."

The 18-year-old was knocked unconscious for half an hour after being injured in Stanley's Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round tie against Tranmere.

His inury caused last Tuesday night's match, now due to be re-staged at the Crown Ground this Wednesday night, to be abandoned with Rovers leading 2-1.

The on-loan Welsh under-19 international from Colchester had to spend the night in the Royal Blackburn Hospital after colliding with his own goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin, but he was given the all-clear following scans to his brain and neck and was released after less than 24 hours in hospital.

And he is now confident that he will be able to put the whole experience behind him when he returns to action.

"It's something that's going to happen," he added. "You see it all the time with footballers being knocked out.

"It's not going to stop me going for challenges like that again because you very rarely hear of injuries so severe in football."