Adrian Lam provides update on Gareth O’Brien following head injury blow

Josh McAllister
Gareth O'Brien, SWPix

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Leigh Leopards full-back Gareth O’Brien will undergo head injury protocols after failing his assessment in the 34-6 defeat to Wigan. 

O’Brien, 31, was forced from the field in the early stages of the Battle of the Borough clash at the Leigh Sports Village.

He was hit late by opposition centre Jake Wardle, who was sent to the sin-bin for the incident by the official.

He was forced to watch on as his side fell to their fourth defeat of the season back in the top flight. The blow saw Zak Hardaker move to full-back, with Ed Chamberlain moved into action from the bench.

“I guess Gaz O’Brien going off early being concussed, we had to change the team around, flip it on its head and we lost one sub, so that certainly hurt us as well,” head coach Adrian Lam said during his post-match press conference.

It means O’Brien will miss Leigh’s home clash with Salford in Round Eight next Saturday with an 11-day head injury protocol.

On the incident, Lam continued: “He was knocked out on the field.

“I haven’t really seen it, I think he (Wardle) only got a yellow card. I think he probably only deserved that, I can’t see.

“There was definitely head contact, potentially a red card. I don’t know, but he was out cold on the field.”

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