In a concerning turn of events, Luton Town’s captain, Tom Lockyer, is reported to be ‘alert and responsive’ after a dramatic incident during Saturday’s match against AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
Rob Edwards swiftly directed players away to facilitate medical intervention. After a few minutes of on-field attention, the players and officials moved to the sidelines before heading back to the changing rooms.
Following extensive medical attention, Lockyer was stretchered off, surrounded by the medical team. A social media post from Luton later confirmed the suspension of the fixture, expressing solidarity: “The fixture between AFC Bournemouth and Luton Town has been suspended. All our thoughts are with Tom Lockyer at this time.”
Our thoughts are with Tom Lockyer and everyone at Luton Town 🧡 https://t.co/oo2dgaG0u7
A staff doctor from Bournemouth later confirmed the defender’s condition, and Lockyer is en route to the hospital. Referee Simon Hooper decided to abandon the game after a stoppage of approximately 25 minutes.
This incident echoes haunting memories from May’s Championship final when Lockyer was stretchered off after collapsing on the pitch in the 11th minute due to atrial fibrillation. After a successful recovery and surgery, Lockyer was cleared to resume playing, contributing to Luton’s promotion to the Premier League.
The Premier League match between Bournemouth and Luton has been abandoned due to a player medical incident. Our thoughts are with Tom Lockyer and all players involved in today’s match.
Post-abandonment, Rob Edwards led his players in a walk around the pitch, applauding both sets of fans. The Luton manager appeared emotional during this gesture.
Moments before Lockyer’s collapse, Bournemouth equalized through Dominic Solanke, making it 1-1 after Luton had taken an early lead through Elijah Adebayo.
The Premier League later issued a statement confirming the game’s abandonment, reiterating, “Our thoughts are with Tom Lockyer and all players involved in today’s match.”