Chelsea loanee hospitalised after Bristol Rovers' League One defeat to Fleetwood Town

The 20-year-old was taken to hospital to have tests after Bristol Rovers' 2-0 defeat at home to Fleetwood Town on Tuesday evening.
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Bristol Rovers boss Matt Taylor has confirmed that Harvey Vale was taken to hospital following the Gas' 2-0 defeat to Fleetwood Town in midweek.

The 20-year-old was taken off in the 87th minute of Rovers League One defeat at the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday evening.

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Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol ahead of Saturday's clash with Burton Albion Taylor said: "He (Vale) spent Tuesday night in hospital post-game and he has had a lot of tests since then. He seems fine in himself in terms of what has come off the back of it, but is not right for him to be involved in todays squad."

The Chelsea loanee has made 27 appearances for the Gas in League One this season, but will spend the foreseeable sidelined. "The pain he was in Tuesday night was enough to take him to hospital and he was there overnight and he was there the following day as well," Taylor added.

"It is as serious as it could be without us knowing what it was, but when it is an internal pain like that then all of the tests have to be run and rightly so and he is still going to continue having those tests away from us with Chelsea."

Gasheads and the football world will be hoping the youngster recovers as quickly as possible as the loanee has been brilliant for Rovers this season. "Up to this point all of those tests have come back in a really positive sense," said Taylor. "It might well be a viral illness that has just caused a reaction somewhere."

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The Pirates will be looking to make amends after Tuesday night's defeat, without the absent Vale, but Burton will be no pushover, as they are another League One outfit fighting for survival this campaign.

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