Drama as player air­lifted fol­low­ing in­jury

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS - BY JOANNE WARNOCK

A rugby player is re­cov­er­ing af­ter be­ing air­lifted to hos­pi­tal with neck in­juries.

Ross Suther­land player Lee McLel­lan was 77 min­utes into the match against Mackie’s FP at the Red­cloak pitches in Stone­haven on Satur­day when he was hurt.

An air am­bu­lance from Inverness was dis­patched and ar­rived at the scene at about 5.30pm, and flew the 38-year-old, from In­ver­gor­don, to Aberdeen Royal In­fir­mary.

A spokesman for the club said Mr McLel­lan had since been dis­charged from hos­pi­tal, and was re­cov­er­ing at home.

Stephan Walker said: “We kept him im­mo­bilised and wrapped up wait­ing for an am­bu­lance for an hour and 10 min­utes.

“When he saw the heli­copter land­ing, he said – ‘I hope that’s not for me’.”

Mr McLel­lan said: “Af­ter 30 years of play­ing it’s the first neck in­jury I’ve ever had. Fin­gers crossed I’ll be back in a cou­ple of weeks.”

With just three min­utes left of the match, it was de­cided to carry on, but on a dif­fer­ent pitch.

The fi­nal score was Mackie’s FP 42, Ross Suther­land 19.

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