Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck was taken off on a stretcher after a serious-looking incident in the second half of the Championship game at Reading.

With United leading 1-0, Fleck went down apparently unchallenged and his team-mates quickly indicated for the medics to run on the pitch to tend to him.

Reading Chronicle:

The 30-year-old received “urgent medical care”, the Blades said on their official Twitter account, before, after a 10-minute delay, he was taken off on a stretcher and out of the ground to a waiting ambulance.

The Royal Berkshire Hospital is a short distance from the SCL Stadium.

The match was able to resume and 13 minutes was added on at the end of the game. 

Reading Chronicle:

After the game, Sheffield United manager Slavisa Jokanovic gave an update on the midfielder. 

He said: "He is in hospital, he is conscious and he asked for the result.

"Hopefully he will be okay. He is safe, in good hands and we pray that everything will be okay.”

Speaking to the press, the Blades boss said he would not comment on why Fleck collapsed, but added: "John Fleck is conscious, he is talking with doctors. He is in good hands and we hope everything is okay.

“We expect everything will be fine.

“I’m sure everything will be okay.”

Fleck underwent comprehensive medical examinations and stayed in the Royal Berkshire Hospital overnight for observation.

He has since been discharged and will continue to be monitored closely by the Blades’ medical staff.