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Chelsea Loanee Jack Cork Hospitalised After England U-21 Match

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Update: He's now been discharged.

This all sounds very dramatic, but apparently Jack Cork's illness during England's U-21 loss to Iceland was severe enough to land the young midfielder in hospital. He was kept there overnight after being diagnosed with heart palpitations, which although potentially serious isn't too big a deal, and Jack should be back on his feet fairly shortly

A concerned Stuart Pearce had withdrawn Cork after a first half in which he had complained of illness, but initial reports after the match indicated that a virus was the problem. Not so, says Pearce:

He had palpitations during the first half. Obviously at half-time we deemed it fit that he didn't carry on. He's gone to hospital to be checked out. We hope obviously that it's not too much of a problem – we don't think it is at this stage. But our people will be in contact with him and his family.

-England U-21 manager Stuart Pearce. Source: Guardian.

Cork, 21, has spent the entire season on loan at Championship side Burnley, where he's made 39 appearances and scored three times. Chelsea sent a strong contingent to the match in Preston, with left back Ryan Bertrand wearing the armband and midfielder Josh McEachran also earning a start. None of the Chelsea boys made it through the whole match, but only Cork was forced off the pitch. I'm sure I speak for everyone here when I extend our wishes for a very speedy recovery to the youngster.

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