Conor Grant will visit a neurologist on Thursday and then again on Monday to see if he could be involved against Cambridge United on Tuesday evening. The on-loan Everton midfielder is currently recovering at his family home after being knocked unconscious in our 1-0 defeat at Blundell Park on Saturday.
After lengthy treatment on the pitch from our head physio Rob Sharp and the medical staff at Grimsby, he was transferred to A&E before being discharged later that night.
Grant will miss the weekend visit of Chesterfield, but could get the green light to resume playing again if medical advice allows. The 22-year-old could be part of a system known as ‘acceleration pathway’ to return earlier than the recommended two weeks but Artell will seek the advice of the neurologist before making any decision.
David explained to the club’s official web-site: “Conor suffered severe concussion and was out for a couple of minutes, which is never good. I thought Rob was excellent and the staff and doctor at Grimsby were excellent too. They really looked after him and got him to the hospital as soon as possible.
“His family were with him and John Dillon went to visit him on Saturday to check on him. It was all positive. He had a CT scan and there was no damage to the brain, although the lads will probably say there was!
“Conor will visit a neurologist on Thursday and then again on Monday. If he is given the all clear then we will assess how he feels and how we feel because I won’t be taking any risks whatsoever with a head injury.
“It is not my decision to make. We have put it into the hands of the experts but there is an acceleration pathway that can get players back quicker than the two weeks. It is all based on him having another scan and the care he received at the time is taken into consideration. He obviously received very good care, very quickly.
“If he is to be involved on Tuesday remains to be seen. I am sure he will come in at the weekend and do a little bit on the bike to keep him ticking over, if he is allowed.
He added: “It was a nasty one. Their player had his elbow up high. It was in an unnatural position but I don’t think it was intentional. It was an unfortunate accident.”