Hamilton Academical manager John Rankin has confirmed on-loan Newcastle United youngster Lucas de Bolle has suffered a setback in his recovery from concession.
The Magpies academy star made a transfer deadline day switch to the Scottish Championship club as he looks to continue catching the eye of United manager Eddie Howe. However, the midfielder suffered a concussion after receiving a blow in an Under-21s game prior to his move north of the border.
That has limited De Bolle to just one appearance for Accies as he came off the bench to feature for the last 20 minutes of a 2-0 home defeat against Queen’s Park last month. The 19-year-old joined up with the Scotland Under-21s squad for their recent meeting with Northern Ireland but has now suffered a reoccurrence of symptoms of his concussion since returning to his temporary employers.
He told The Daily Record: “Put the football to one side, he is a young kid first and foremost and the most important thing is his health is in the right way. His vision is a bit blurred and that becomes an issue for him. It’s not a risk we are prepared to take.
“He spoke to me on Friday and he was desperate to be involved on Saturday but he was still getting symptoms so that is hugely disappointing. At the same time, I feel for the kid. He is desperate to prove himself and put himself on the footballing map.
“He has ability, he’s just not getting the luck at the moment and he’s getting relapses of the symptoms he’s had before so we need to be really careful with that. Lucas thought was there. He was involved in the game against Queen’s Park, he went away with Scotland under-21s, everything was fine.
“But then he had a relapse so we just need to be patient with him.”