Luton provide update on Lockyer after Bournemouth v Luton abandoned

17 Dec 2023
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Luton Town issued an update earlier today on captain Tom Lockyer after he collapsed on the pitch, having suffered a cardiac arrest, during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Luton Town, which led to it being abandoned.

Lockyer went down with the score at 1-1 and quickly received medical attention, while both sets of players were taken off the pitch. After some time Lockyer was taken off on a stretcher. It was decided the match would not continue and both teams went round the pitch applauding the fans, who responded with their own applause. 

A post on X from Luton on Saturday evening read: "Our medical staff have confirmed that the Hatters captain suffered cardiac arrest on the pitch, but was responsive by the time he was taken off on the stretcher.

"He received further treatment inside the stadium, for which we once again thank the medical teams from both sides.

"Tom was transferred to hospital, where we can reassure supporters that he is stable and currently undergoing further tests with his family at his bedside. We would like to thank everyone for their support, concern and loving messages for Locks."

On Sunday, Luton issued another statement, saying that Lockyer remained in hospital undergoing tests. The club also requested privacy for their captain and his family.

"While our captain Tom Lockyer remains in hospital following the cardiac arrest he suffered on the pitch at Bournemouth yesterday, we understand that supporters are concerned for him and that there is widespread media interest in his condition," the post said.

"Tom is still undergoing tests and scans, and is awaiting the results before the next steps for his recovery are determined.

"We are unable to provide a running commentary on his situation, and request that all media please wait for any updates to be released via the club’s official channels when the time is right.

"We all want the very best for Tom, his partner Taylor and the whole Lockyer family, and politely ask that his and their privacy is respected at this difficult time."

It is the second time Lockyer collapsed in a match this year, having done so during the Championship playoff final win against Coventry City in May.

He was taken to hospital before having heart surgery. Lockyer then made his return to playing in June.

A Luton statement shortly after the abandonment read: "We are sorry to all supporters present that players from both sides were in no state of mind to continue with the game after seeing their much-loved team-mate and friend taken off like that, and staff could not carry on with managing the game in such circumstances having had to deal with the situation.

"We thank everyone for the wonderful applause and singing of Locks’ name inside the stadium at such a difficult time.

"Now is the time for all of our players, staff and supporters to come together as we always do and give our love and support to Tom and his family. Our thoughts are with him and them all."

The thoughts of the Premier League are with Tom, his family and all players involved in today’s match.

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