Hull City boss Nigel Pearson is keeping his fingers crossed that Liam Rosenior hasn't sustained any serious damage after the defender was stretchered off in the final moments of the 2-2 draw with Leeds United.
Rosenior needed lengthy treatment following a heavy collision with Lloyd Sam before being taken to Hull Royal Infirmary for X-rays.
"Liam's gone to hospital for X-rays on his neck," said Pearson.
"We'll just have to see how he is. It was a poor challenge, so I'm not very happy about that but first and foremost, it's about hoping that Liam will be okay."
Rosenior and Sam collided on the edge of the United penalty box in the closing stages of a lively encounter, with the 26-year-old requiring lengthy treatment before leaving the fray.
Pearson was unequivocal in his take on the matter. Asked about the defender's condition, Pearson said: "We don't know yet but I'm not happy about the challenge.
"I've just seen it, I didn't realise how bad it was at the time but he's led with his arm. It's a bit of a coward's challenge, unfortunately."
Speaking about the game, in which the Tigers had taken a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Matty Fryatt and Jamie Chester, Pearson said: "I didn't think the result matched our performance. It was disappointing because in the first half especially, we bossed things.
City did look to be on course for three points but a stunning Robert Snodgrass free-kick followed by a Davide Somma strike pegged the home side back.
"Leeds scored at crucial times, just before and just after half-time. We created a number of chances after that and it felt like a cup tie at times.
"It was a good local derby, but we are disappointed not to have won it."