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Luton vs Bournemouth abandoned after defender Lockyer collapsed


Luton Town‘s Premier League clash against Bournemouth was abandoned on Saturday after Tom Lockyer collapsed during the second half.

With the score level at 1-1 in the 65th minute, Lockyer suddenly fell on the field as the game was paused. Lockyer received treatment from medics while both sides were sent to the dressing room.

Lockyer was eventually stretchered off surrounded by the medical team.

There was a standing ovation from the crowd, with Luton fans in one corner of the Vitality Stadium chanting his name.

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“There’s a break in play as Tom Lockyer seeks medical attention. We are all with you, Locks,” Luton said in a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Reports emerged claiming that Lockyer was “alert and responsive”.

Around half an hour after the incident, referee Simon Hooper confirmed the game would not restart on Saturday.

Players from both sides returned to the pitch and applauded the crowd.

The Welsh international, who was stretchered off with a heart problem during the Championship play-off final triumph over Coventry City in May and required a cardiac operation before returning, was playing in the Town’s back three in this Premier League match.

The 29-year-old underwent surgery to repair atrial fibrillation, a condition described by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) as producing “an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate.”