Lyons salutes support as Coleraine and Linfield players rush to help after horror injury
The midfielder will require surgery and looks set to be out until the second half of the season
Coleraine boss Oran Kearney and his goalscoring hero Brad Lyons have thanked the players from both sides who rushed to the midfielder's aid after he suffered a horror facial injury against Linfield.
But the Bannsiders ace needs an operation and is now out of action until the second half of the season. In an incident packed and controversial 2-1 victory for the league leaders at the Showgrounds Lyons, who had netted the opener, collapsed following an aerial challenge.
But, after players from both teams quickly alerted medical staff, he received lengthy treatment.
The 20-year-old later learned he had suffered two fractured cheekbones and said: "I will need an operation, thank you for the kind messages and support. A massive thank you to all the boys involved from both teams, it really means a lot."
Kearney said: "It is a pity Brad has picked up an injury as I thought he was immense today. His whole performance was very good and he is a big part of our team. Lots of players know each other and have friendships so I'm not surprised that both sets of players rushed to Brad and I'd expect the same if the injury happened in the other penalty area."
Mark Haughey equalised for the Blues but the game ended in controversy when referee Arnold Hunter and his assistants concluded that Jamie McGonigle's late strike had crossed the line despite Josh Robinson's clearance.
Linfield boss David Healy was sent off amid the protests and refused to speak to the media afterwards.