Bender: I had a lucky escape

Bender: Grateful

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Accrington defender Tom Bender feels 'lucky' after avoiding long-term damage in the wake of his horrific injury last week.

Stanley's Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash with Tranmere at the Crown Ground on Tuesday had to be abandoned as Bender received treatment for half an hour following a collision with team-mate Ian Dunbavin.

Oxygen and a drip were used on the pitch, raising concerns over the long-term health of the 18-year-old, who is on loan from Colchester.

However, it was later confirmed Bender suffered severe concussion - something he was left feeling thankful for.

He told Sky Sports News: "When I came round, the phone lines were going mad and there were rumours I had broken my neck and even some that I could die.

"When I spoke to the doctors and they told me the outcome, it really made me realise how lucky I am."