Liverpool starlet Ben Doak pulls out of Scotland U21 squad after 'sickening' head knock
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Liverpool winger Ben Doak has withdrawn from the Scotland Under-21 squad following a 'sickening' clash of heads.
The 17-year-old has been in fine form within Liverpool's youth ranks, scoring 10 goals in all competitions this season.
Doak, who arrived at Anfield from Celtic last summer, has now pulled out of the international squad after a nasty clash of heads with Liverpools's U-19s.
The player will miss both matches against Sweden and Wales this week, and his absence will come as a real blow to U-21 manager Billy Stark.
Alongside Doak, Fulham defender Connor McAvoy has also pulled out after picking up an injury whilst on loan at Partick Thistle.
Manchester City midfielder Josh Adam and Fulham’s Kieron Bowie have been brought in as last minute replacements.
Doak suffers 'sickening' head injury
Doak's injury was referred to as 'sickening' by the The Herald after he was left splayed out on the floor during during the U-19s UEFA Youth League encounter with Sporting Lisbon on March 14.
The Scotsman jumped for a header with his opposite number and initially looked to shrug off the challenge.
However, he soon succumbed to the blow, stumbling to the deck where he required immediate medical attention.
Upon regaining consciousness, Doak was fortunately able to stand, but was promptly withdrawn from the field of play where staff could asses the damage.
The Reds could not get through the game without their star player, as Sporting's second half goal was enough to secure progression to the next round.
Discussing Doak's injury after the match, Liverpool Under-19 coach Barry Lewtas said: "Ben is okay. He obviously couldn't continue but our medical staff got to him quickly.
"He was on the pitch at the end with the lads and we will keep him closely monitored."
Dalgleish sends Scotland warning
There was a discussion over whether Doak would receive a call up to Scotland's senior side. However, Scotland boss Steve Clarke opted to leave the youngster out of his 23-man squad.
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalgleish has since warned to not rush Doak into the international set up, believing he needs more game time.
"It's not a Cinderella story," said Dalglish, speaking in partnership with Viaplay.
"He'll get there eventually but let's not push him too quickly.
"The wee man has done brilliant at Liverpool. They really enjoy what he's done. He certainly looks the part but give him time to settle down.
"For a 17-year-old to leave his home town for Liverpool, give the wee man a chance to breathe."