SHEFFIELD United’s FA Youth Cup success against Port Vale has been overshadowed by news that Jahmal Smith suffered a serious facial injury towards the end of the second-round tie.
Smith was discharged from hospital yesterday morning.
The Lane youngster had to be led from the pitch, with blood gushing from his mouth, following a collision with a visiting player.
John Pemberton, United’s academy director, confirmed: “Jahmal has fractured his upper palate and some of his teeth were at a 45-degree angle.
“The lads were as flat as anything in the dressing room afterwards when they realised the extent of it and, in those circumstances, the result becomes irrelevant.
“Jahmal had been playing really well and it’s such a shame for the lad but we’ll make sure that he gets the very best care.”
United, who reached last season’s final, must now travel to Southampton in the next phase of the competition after beating Vale on penalties.
Captain Elliott Whitehouse, who United manager Danny Wilson has admitted could soon force his way into first-team contention, failed to reappear for the second half of Monday’s contest due to a gluteal problem.
“It’s something Elliott has been carrying with for a while but he felt okay beforehand and so we thought we’d give him a go,” Pemberton said.
“But after about five minutes or so he told us that he was really feeling it and that it hurt every time he went to kick the ball.
“That’s why it was best that he came off because it was definitely troubling him.”