Kirkland relives injury scare
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Kirkland hopes he never has to suffer a similar scare to Saturday's injury.
Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland hopes he never has to suffer a similar scare to the concussion that saw him taken to hospital after Saturday's game against Middlesbrough.
The England shot-stopper suffered a blow to the head in a collision with team-mate David Wright at The Riverside, and after seeing out the first half was then taken to hospital after collapsing in the dressing room.
Whilst Kirkland did return in time for The Latics' 1-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal on Wednesday, the blow was deeply concerning for the Premiership side at the time.
Reliving the frightening moment at Middlesbrough, Kirkland voiced his hope that he can avoid similar injuries in future.
"Looking back I can't really remember a lot," said Kirkland.
"The main thing is I'm okay, and hopefully I never have to go through that again.
"I got the knock, and it wasn't too long after that I was walking into the dressing room and I didn't feel right.
"I felt very weak, my legs went and I keeled over on the bed. I found it hard to breathe."
Kirkland was unfortunate to be on the losing side against The Gunners as a late Emmanuel Adebayor strike condemned Paul Jewell's men, but the Wigan keeper is confident The Latics can redeem themselves against Sheffield United on Saturday.
"It was very disappointing to concede late on. It's hard to take, but we can't dwell too long on it," Kirkland added.
"We've a big game against Sheffield United, and hopefully we can bounce back."