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CHIPPED TOOTH ONLY DAMAGE FOR SAINTS STAR STRETCHED OFF AT CELTIC PARK

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ST JOHNSTONE midfielder Murray Davidson is on the mend and has only a chipped tooth to show for his very brief appearance at Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon.

For the second time this season at Celtic Park a referee did not stop play immediately. Against Astana Celtic continued with their attack and scored and on Saturday Willie Collum let play continue for a brief period before allowing treatment.

Play was stopped for around seven minutes after Davidson’s clash of heads with his team-mate Aaron Comrie in the opening few minutes of the game which finished 1-1.

The Saints star was knocked out cold and there was real concern for the player from everyone in the stadium. Sportingly he was given a standing ovation by both sets of supporters as he was stretched off, to be taken straight to hospital.

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“Murray got out of hospital after a precautionary CT scan,” his manager Tommy Wright revealed.

“He was out for the count. He went up for a challenge with Scott Brown but actually collided with Aaron Comrie and the young lad needed a couple of stitches to the side of his head.

“It’s down to how Murray plays. He is such a whole-hearted footballer. It’s just as well he’s not a boxer.

“Murray would have been ruled out of any game this weekend but the only damage was to a broken tooth which will have to be repaired.

“The medical team will keep an eye on him until he is ready to return to training but we have given the players a few days off this week before we begin preparing for the next match against Hibs.”

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