Footballer left waiting two-and-a-half hours for ambulance

A football match was abandoned after a player sustained a serious shoulder injury and was left waiting around two-and-a-half hours for an ambulance.

Truro City midfielder Michael Herve was injured after a heavy tackle at approximately 4.30pm on Saturday in the 76th minute of a National League South game against Concord Rangers.

The game was subsequently called off by the referee with the score 0-1 to the visitors, making a replay likely with the team from Canvey Island, Essex.

The Cornish club’s officials called an ambulance while physios from both clubs looked after Herve until South West Ambulance Service arrived after 7pm.

Truro City physio Ian Leigh used jumpers to keep the player warm as he waited by his side and later accompanied him to hospital.

Physio Ian Leigh
Physio Ian Leigh stayed with the injured player (Josh Miller/PA)

The midfielder was given treatment on the pitch at the Treyew Road ground for 40 minutes, including two injections of morphine.

A spokeswoman from the South Western Ambulance Service said the long wait was due to a shoulder injury being deemed a category three incident, which gives a two-hour target time.

However a later call, due to increased pain, moved the priority to category two, and the ambulance service arrived within the 40 minute target of the later call.

The ambulance taking Truro City player Michael Herve from the Treyew Road ground to hospital
An ambulance did not arrive for more than two-and-a-half hours after the injury (Josh Miller/PA)

Herve was taken to Treliske Hospital where he stayed overnight for further assessment.

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