Spector’s on the road to recovery

WEST HAM defender Jonathan Spector will miss the next two matches after suffering concussion during Saturday s win over Sunderland. The full back landed awkwardly after a mid-air collision with Tel Ben Haim, and was out cold when club doctor Ges Steinberg

WEST HAM defender Jonathan Spector will miss the next two matches after suffering concussion during Saturday's win over Sunderland.

The full back landed awkwardly after a mid-air collision with Tel Ben Haim, and was out cold when club doctor Ges Steinbergs reached him from the dug-out.

After lengthy treatment on the pitch, he was eventually stretchered off and taken to hospital, where he stayed overnight for observation.

However, there was better news from the West Ham camp at the beginning of the week, as a spokesman confirmed.


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"He is recovering at home, but he is not allowed to do any proper training for two weeks as he has had concussion," he said.

"He was kept in overnight and released on Sunday morning."

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It certainly could have been a lot more serious for the 23-year-old United States international. He seemed to be in trouble even before he hit the ground on Saturday, though there is no suggestion that Ben Haim was responsible for that.

Spector will be able to take part in light training next week, but he will definitely miss the trips to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday and Aston Villa the week after.

If all goes well, he should be available for the game against Chelsea on April 25.

With regard to Saturday, Lucas Neill will replace Spector at right back, with either Radoslav Kovac or Scott Parker returning to the midfield.

Both missed the Sund-erland game through injury, but are recovering well, though the Czech international has the better chance of being ready for Saturday.

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