Cove Rangers v Aberdeen abandoned after Jordon Brown suffers head injury

Jordon Brown (grounded) lies prone after a collision with Aberdeen's Andrew Considine
Cove Rangers' Jordon Brown (grounded) was injured after a collision with Aberdeen's Andrew Considine (left)

Cove Rangers and Aberdeen were forced to abandon Sunday's pre-season friendly at the Balmoral Stadium after Jordon Brown suffered a serious head injury.

Brown, 25, collided with Dons defender Andrew Considine in the second half with the visitors leading 2-1.

An ambulance was called with spectators asked to leave, with Brown receiving treatment for over 25 minutes.

Cove Rangers confirmed later he had been released from hospital after being assessed.

Referee Alex Shepherd, Cove manager John Sheran and Aberdeen counterpart Derek McInnes agreed to stop the game after 50 minutes following the injury.

He was given oxygen on the pitch as physios from both teams and the Aberdeen team doctor assisted before paramedics arrived.

Brown was conscious when he was moved into the ambulance and taken to hospital.

On Monday Brown insisted Considine was not to blame for the injury, and said he is "lucky" to be at home recovering due to the "amazing" response from the medical teams.

Posting on Facebook, he said: "It was a completely accidental collision with Andy that could happen during any game."

Cove Rangers said in a statement: "The club would like to report that Jordon has been assessed by the medical team at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, his scans are all clear and he will be discharged this evening and monitored over a further 48 hour period."

Aberdeen tweeted: "The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Jordon at this moment and we wish him a speedy recovery."

The former Aberdeen youth player signed for Cove in June after five years with Peterhead.

The friendly was arranged to officially open Cove's new stadium.

The Highland League champions, who were beaten by League Two Cowdenbeath in the Pyramid Play-Off final in May, host Hearts in the Scottish League Cup group stage on Wednesday.

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