Gardner waits for the all clear

St Helens' Ade Gardner is treated on the pitch after he is injured during the Super League match at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield
St Helens' Ade Gardner is treated on the pitch after he is injured during the Super League match at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield
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ADE Gardner will have to prove he has recovered from the sickening head injury he suffered against Huddersfield before he is passed fit to face Bradford.

Wing ace Gardner was knocked unconscious by a horrendous tackle from Huddersfield forward Anthony Mullally shortly before half-time and played no further part in Monday night’s defeat.

Referee Richard Silverwood stopped the game for almost 10 minutes while medical staff treated Gardner on the field.

Mullally was penalised and put on report but the RFL has ruled he will face no further action.

Huddersfield boss Paul Anderson, who played alongside Gardner during his time at Saints, insisted in his post-match press conference the Saints ace had fallen into Mullally’s tackle after losing his footing on the newly-laid turf.

The RFL yesterday issued a statement which backed Anderson’s version of the incident, which left Gardner in a neck brace and needing to pass a regulation head test before he can resume first-team action.

St Helens coach Nathan Brown, who was hit with a £500 fine for criticising referees earlier this season, refused to be drawn on an incident which many Saints fans felt typified their treatment by referee Silverwood.

“I’ll leave it to the powers that be to decide if anything should happen,” Brown said when asked about the Mullally tackle, “I’d rather talk about the game.”