Cardiff goalkeeper Alex Smithies carried off on stretcher in worrying scenes as club post 'thinking of you' message

CARDIFF CITY star Alex Smithies is being assessed after being carried off on a stretcher during his sides 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 then 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.

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