Everton's Steven Schumacher has sent a message of goodwill
to Sunderland's Paul Thirwell following Tuesday night's
sickening clash of heads during the 0-2 reserve defeat.
The duo collided early on in the game and Thirwell lost
consciousness before being stretchered off the field and taken by
ambulance to the local hospital in Southport.
It was subsequently revealed that the Black Cats player, who was
just returning from a calf injury, had fractured his skull and he
is now ruled out for the immediate future.
"Nobody likes to see anybody get injured when you're
playing and as soon as it happened I knew that Paul was hurt quite
badly," said Schumacher.
"I hope he makes a full recovery as soon as possible and I,
and everyone at Everton, wish him all the very best for the
A Sunderland spokesperson said: "Paul was knocked
unconscious for around three to four minutes and received initial
treatment on the pitch. He was then taken to a local hospital where
he received a scan and remained overnight.
"It was confirmed that Paul has suffered a fractured skull,
however we are hopeful he will be released in the next day or