CARDIFF CITY star Alex Smithies is being assessed after being carried off on a stretcher during his side’s clash with Bristol City.
The goalkeeper required medical treatment after going down in the ninth minute of the Championship fixture at Ashton Gate.
The 30-year-old was then treated by members of Cardiff’s medical staff during a significant break in play.
He was carried off the pitch on a stretcher but encouragingly was sitting upright when he was substituted.
Smithies was replaced by Dillon Phillips while Cardiff posted on Twitter: “Alex Smithies receiving treatment. No involvement in play.”
The Bluebirds later added: “Dillon Phillips replaces Alex Smithies. Thinking of you, Alex!”
One fan responded: “Wishing Alex a speedy recovery. Sounded bad.”
Another said: “Hope he’s ok. Looked unsteady on his feet as he walked to the by-line. Wishing him well.”
A third added: “Hope Alex is going to be okay!”
A fourth wrote: “Speedy recovery Alex!”
However the loss of their first-team keeper seemed to spur Cardiff on as they broke the deadlock minutes later.
Curtis Nelson headed home from a Harry Wilson free-kick before Kieffer Moore scored a header as well to double the away sides lead.
Should results stay the same, the Welsh outfit will move up to 14th in the table, five points behind Bristol City.