Scotland goalkeeper Gordon has been taken to hospital after bending his leg backwards in a sick crash

Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon has been rushed to hospital after his leg was bent backwards in a sickening collision with Stephen Fletcher… as Hearts boss Robbie Nelson admits it ‘doesn’t look great’ for the 39-year-old

  • Gordon was injured in a sickening collision with Dundee United striker Fletcher
  • The goalkeeper was knocked out with his leg in a brace after receiving treatment on the pitch
  • Hearts chairman Robbie Nelson confirmed Gordon had been taken to hospital

Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon suffered a horrific leg injury as his side came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Dundee United in an action-packed encounter on Christmas Eve at Tannadice.

The 39-year-old was carried off his leg in a brace midway through the second half after colliding with United striker Stephen Fletcher, and subsequent photos of the incident suggest the Scot’s No. 1 caused extensive damage.

Gambos, who secured a point from a stoppage-time penalty from Lawrence Shankland, lost key defense players Craig Halkett and Stephen Kingsley to injury in a match that saw both teams’ penalties disallowed after a VAR review.

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Hearts and Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon suffered a frightful leg injury on Christmas Eve

Hearts chairman Robbie Nelson said Gordon has been taken to hospital and a full diagnosis will be made within the next 24-48 hours.

He told BBC Scotland: “He went to hospital and it doesn’t feel right. I’m down for him. But he’ll get through it. The big guy is a warrior.”

We’ll just help him out and see where we are in the next couple of days.

Hearts started with the same team that beat Kilmarnock 3-1 in their first game after the World Cup break.

Gordon was injured in a sickening collision with Dundee United striker Stephen Fletcher

Gordon was injured in a sickening collision with Dundee United striker Stephen Fletcher

There were three changes to the United squad that started their final game against Aberdeen six weeks ago, with Scott McMahon and former Hearts midfielders Arnaud Domme and Ian Harkes taking over from Ross Graham, Craig Sibbald and Jimmy McGrath.

Hearts were forced into an early change when Halkett – who was injured in 2022 – fell awkwardly while nursing the ball to goalkeeper Gordon and was forced off. He was replaced by Australian defender Ke Rawles.

United had a breakthrough in the 20th minute when Fletcher hit a half-volley from 20 yards that deflected off Rowleys and beat Gordon at his right post after the former Scotland striker had fumbled a ball over the top from Aziz Behesh.

Both players required medical treatment after colliding in the second half

Both players required medical treatment after colliding in the second half

Josh Ginelli almost found a response for Hearts in the 31st minute when he ran to a beautiful pass from Barry McKay and cut into the penalty area but his effort crunched agonizingly over the bar.

The visiting team lost its second center back due to injury in the 38th minute when Kingsley collided with Djume on the head while attacking a corner and was forced off to be replaced by Toby Sebeck.

But Hearts leveled the scores in the 40th minute when Cammy Devlin won a tackle just outside the penalty area and urged Smith past Mark Birighetti from 15 yards out.

Hearts were awarded a penalty in the sixth minute of first-half stoppage time when the ball hit Gom’s hand as he slid inside to challenge Devlin. However, VAR Colin Stephen advised the referee to review the incident and reverse his decision on the grounds that it had hit the United midfielder’s supporting arm.

The 39-year-old was carried around with his leg in a brace after treatment on the field

The 39-year-old was carried around with his leg in a brace after treatment on the field

It proved to be a pivotal moment as United took the lead just two minutes into the second half when Dylan Levitt curled in a superb goal from the edge of the box after being tipped in by Glenn Middleton.

Fletcher seemed ready to extend the hosts’ lead in the 58th minute when he hit a cross from Middleton towards the goal, but Gordon responded brilliantly to turn it over the crossbar.

United were awarded a penalty in the 69th minute when Gordon bumped into Fletcher as he fetched a pass from Levitt. Again, referee Stephen overturned his initial decision after being instructed to review the video, but the bigger problem was seeing the Hearts goalkeeper go off in apparent distress.

However, Hearts continued to progress, forcing an injury-time equalizer when Shankland scored his 15th goal of the season from the penalty spot after he was deemed subject to being beaten by Graham’s United side.

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