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Middlesbrough boss confirms Jelle Vossen will miss Sheffield Wednesday tie with concussion

The Belgian striker was knocked out cold against Leeds United last weekend.

Middlesbrough lost 1-0 against Leeds United at The Riverside last weekend in what was a real Championship battle. Unfortunately one man came out of the game a little worse for wear.

The game had nine minutes of stoppage time due mainly to a sickening head injury suffered by striker Jelle Vossen.

The Belgian was involved with a clash of heads with Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook in the second half and was knocked unconscious by the incident. There was a lengthy stoppage in play as medical staff tended to the wounded forward, who remained motionless for a number of minutes.

In the end he was stretchered off at the Riverside, to a round of applause from both home and away fans who were clearly concerned over the health of the striker.

After the game he confirmed he was OK, but could not remember anything of the incident and it seems that his full recovery is the priority for Boro boss Aitor Karanka.

He told the official Middlesbrough website yesterday that Vossen would not feature against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend:

“Jelle can’t be with us on Saturday but I hope he can on Tuesday. The main thing for Jelle after his concussion is that he can be well as soon as possible.

“We’ve had to be careful with him and I have to speak with the doctors so when he is ready to play he will play.”

It is certainly a wise decision from the boss and the medical staff at Boro as Vossen could certainly do with another week to ensure he has fully recovered from concussion, as secondary concussion can be a serious medical emergency.

Sheffield Wednesday fans won't be complaining, although Boro have plenty of alternatives to call upon for the game and should be able to cope with his absence.

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