Football stunned by horror injury
THE Cornish football community, and beyond, has united this week in wishing Rob Wearne a speedy recovery after the Falmouth Town striker was involved in a sickening collision at the weekend which left the teenager with a fractured skull.
The 19-year-old (pictured) was involved in an accidental clash with goalkeeper Simon May during his side's Carlsberg SWPL premier division game with Elburton Villa at Bickland Park on Saturday.
It was a clash that left May, who suffers from epilepsy, dazed, but for Wearne, who was planning to celebrate his 19th birthday on Saturday evening, it was much more serious.
Players shouted for an ambulance almost straight away, with Town's head of football Steve Kimberley acting quickly. It was clear from that point that this more than just a knock on the head.
Paramedics were quickly on the scene, and 20 minutes later an ambulance arrived to take Wearne to hospital in Truro.
With players, coaches and fans alike stunned into silence, the game was abandoned after 75 minutes.
After being transferred from the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth on Saturday evening, Wearne was placed into an induced coma in the intensive care unit.
And after undergoing an operation on Tuesday, specialists are now hopeful that Wearne will make a full recovery.
Since news of Wearne's accident filtered through on Saturday evening, messages of support have been flooding in for the former Torquay United youth team forward.
Indeed, Gulls' boss Martin Ling was one of dozens wishing Wearne a speedy recovery.
He said: "We were all very sad to hear about Rob's injury on Saturday and the thoughts of everyone at Plainmoor are with Rob and his family."
A thread on the Cornwall Soccer Forum website has also been dedicated to Wearne.
On Sunday evening, Cornwall County Youth coach Tommy Matthews wrote: "All the very best to Rob for a full and speedy recovery. There but for the grace of God....."
'Riggins74' wrote: "All our thoughts are with Rob and his family at this difficult time. Fingers cross for a full recovery from all at Hayle FC."
'Tyringham Ghost' wrote: "From all at Penzance FC we wish Rob a speedy recovery, our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family."
Hayle midfielder Frazer Cadman, who spent three months at Derriford last year after suffering a broken back, said: "The consultants and nurses there are absolutely fantastic. Hope he makes a speedy recovery and my support goes out to his family after being in a similar situation. All the best."