Rugby match abandoned in Kirkcaldy after serious injury

An ambulance was called to Beveridge Park on Saturday to attend to a seriously injured rugby player
An ambulance was called to Beveridge Park on Saturday to attend to a seriously injured rugby player
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A rugby match in Kirkcaldy was abandoned on Saturday after a player sustained a serious injury.

The Scottish Cup match between Kirkcaldy and Hillhead Jordanhill at Beveridge Park was stopped in the 38th minute after Hillhead player Tonci Buzov went down following an innocous one-on-one challenge while carrying the ball.

Buzov was immediately cared for by the match physio while Kirkcaldy’s match doctor was also on hand to assist. An ambulance took him to the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy where he remained overnight in the high dependancy ward.

The Croation was then transferred to the specialist spinal unit at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, where he is expected to undergo surgery on a complicated fracture of his upper vertebrae.

Bernie Mitchell, Hillhead spokesman, said: “Our thanks to all those who have been in touch to offer support, all who assisted on the pitch and at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.

“Given the extent of his trauma, his spirt and attitude are both remarkable and very positive.

“It is hoped Tonci may be operated on this coming Wednesday, but that is not yet certain.

“We are all hoping and praying for the best of outcomes.”