No surgery for Stewart
Defender expected to be fit to start pre-season training
Last Updated: April 13, 2010 6:58pm
Stewart: No need for surgery
Queens Park Rangers are confident Damion Stewart will be fit for pre-season training after confirming the defender does not need an operation on his fractured skull.
The Jamaican suffered the injury, and bleeding into his brain, after a collision with Crystal Palace striker Calvin Andrew in Saturday's game at Selhurst Park.
Stewart has spent the past couple of days undergoing tests in hospital and the results have shown he will not require surgery.
Head physio Paul Hunter told the club's official website: "The results of the scans have given us some good news in the respect that there's no further damage to what we were already aware of.
"These tests are more detailed than the original ones carried out at Mayday Hospital so could potentially have provided us with extra cause for concern. Thankfully, that's not the case.
"Damion will have a precautionary brain scan on Thursday and will remain in hospital for the rest of the week.
"He's currently at greater risk of developing infections so we need to keep a close eye on him. No surgery is required, which is great news, and having spoken with the surgeon, he is confident Damion will be ready to return for pre-season training."