Benyon to miss out on trip to Oxford after scan reveals bruising
A brain scan on Elliot Benyon has revealed some bruising after the Torquay United striker was knocked out in Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup defeat at Swindon Town, and he will definitely miss tomorrow’s League Two trip to Morecambe.
The injury is not deemed to be serious, and Benyon hopes to recover in time to be in contention for next Saturday’s home game against Oxford United.
Gulls manager Alan Knill has confirmed that his forward will sit this weekend out.
“There is some bruising on the right side of his brain, so Elliot is not going to be fit for Morecambe,” said Knill.
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Beynon was hurt when, as he fell to the ground after a challenge, his head and Louis Thompson’s knee collided at the County Ground.
He was treated on the pitch for eight minutes, unconscious for all that time, before being carried to Swindon’s trauma room.
United physio Damian Davey revealed: “Elliot felt OK in the dressing-room afterwards, but the next day he was feeling sick, a little dizzy and felt some pressure on the right side of his head.
“You don’t take chances with that sort of thing. He went in for a brain scan at Torbay Hospital, and the results was cerebral bruising, which will mean ten-14 days rest. It is the usual thing for concussion.”
Benyon’s memory of Tuesday’s game is sketchy, and Davey said: “That was worrying for us, and we felt it was important to edge on the side of caution.”
Whenever a player suffers concussion, an enforced rest is mandatory, so it was always expected that Benyon would be out this weekend, even before Wednesday’s scan.
Knill commented: “You always want four strikers if you can, but we still have Callum Ball and Karl Hawley, and now Ashley Yeoman will come into contention for a place on the bench along with Danny Sullivan.
“Everyone has done well in pre-season. We’ve been leaving good players out of the squad in the first two games, and just to get on the bench you have to work hard and impress more than others.”
Knill confirmed that United will again be without injured goalkeeper Michael Poke, for at least another week, but he stressed: “Although that’s frustrating for Michael, it’s less so for me because Martin Rice is playing really well.
“He’s making a claim for being first-choice.”