Injured rugby player shows signs of improvement

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Jersey United Banks stand-off Yann Besrest-Butler (28) went in for a tackle in the second half of his side’s 52-0 win over JRA league opponents Jersey Wanderers at St Peter on Sunday.

An ambulance was called when he fell to the ground and failed to get up after an accidental head clash with an opponent.

The UBS bank worker was stretchered off on a spinal board and taken to hospital, where he remains.

A spokesperson for the hospital said he was ‘stable and comfortable’.

The player walked yesterday for the first time since the accident and is expected to be released from hospital today.

He is likely to be in a neck brace for the next eight to 12 weeks.

Banks team-mate Roger Trower, who was on the pitch when the accident happened, said everyone at the club wished him a speedy recovery.

He said: ‘Yann has a fractured vertebrae in his neck.

He has been kept in hospital but should be released today.

Everyone at the club wishes him well.’ The Wanderers player Besrest-Butler collided withwas not injured in the clash.

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