Blackburn and Repulic of Ireland international 'keeper Alan Kelly suffered a head injury during last night's pre-season encounter with St Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park.
Kelly was knocked unconscious in a horrific accidental clash with St Pat's defender Colm Foley after 72 minutes. He lay prone for several minutes before being substituted and subsequently rushed by ambulence to St James's Hospital.
Kelly, 32, had been introduced as a second half substitute at the interval for John Filan. Afterwards Blackburn manager Graeme Souness confirmed that Kelly was suffering from concussion and had been hospitalised as a precautionary measure.
The game itself proved to be a damp squib as Blackburn had simply far too much power and craft for an out of sorts St Pat's side. Rovers broke the deadlock with a simply executed move after 15 minutes. The industrious David Dunne found Christian Dailly inside the area and the Scottish international had time to turn before beating Pat's 'keeper Seamus Kelly from ten yards.
Pat's Martin Garrett fired just over from a quickly taken free four minutes later and soon afterwards Pat's Colm Foley mis-kicked with the goal at his mercy from six yards, but overall the home side struggled to withstand the constant Blackburn pressure and after 24 minutes Matt Jensen shrugged off Willie Burke's challenge before curling a delightful 22-yard effort into the bottom corner.