Premier League ace in hospital as manager blasts rival’s ‘almost life-endangering’ challenge

PREMIER LEAGUE ace Michael Mellon is in hospital after a horrific clash of heads at the weekend. The on-loan Dundee ace’s boss Tony Docherty has criticised St Johnstone’s Liam Gordon for causing the “almost life-threatening” injuries. And he also criticised referee David Munro for waving play on after the horror incident in injury-time of the Dark Blues’ 2-1 Scottish Premiership victory on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Scottish U21 striker Mellon left Burnley to join Dundee last month after previously impressing in League One and Two with Morecambe. He is already off the mark north of the border after scoring on his debut and grabbing two assists against Livingston. However, he suffered a horrible blow yesterday and was rushed to hospital from Dens Park in an ambulance after the sickening collision with St Johnstone’s captain Gordon.

Ref Munro was just yards away but signalled for the game to continue – although Dundee’s doctor Dr McCormack ignored that and sprinted onto the pitch to administer treatment.

After the game the clearly emotionally-charged Docherty didn’t hold back on his view of what had gone on.

He said: “He’s not great. I’d like the referee to comment on that. “For me, that was almost life-threatening. And to not even get a booking for it . . .  “Michael is a top boy in our team and I’m concerned for him because he took a really bad blow to the back of the head. “Luckily we have a brilliant doctor here, Dr McCormack, who didn’t pay any attention to the referee and ran on the pitch. He recognised what happened.

“It was a sour note at the end of the game and the player’s welfare is the most important thing. But I’d like you to ask the referee about it.”

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