Published: 18:00, 29 January 2020
| Updated: 01:09, 30 January 2020
Former Gills player Jake Hessenthaler has been hospitalised with multiple injuries after a coming together with another former Priestfield favourite.
Hessenthaler was in ation for Grimsby Town on Tuesday when he was on the end of a challenge from Gills’ play-off winning striker Simeon Jackson, who is on the books of Stevenage.
Grimsby confirmed today (Wednesday) that the 25-year-old had suffered a broken rib, ligament damage across the shoulder and collarbone as well as a punctured lung.
The injury was sustained just a minute into the League 2 match. Hessenthaler was assisted off the field in pain.
Town manager Ian Holloway said: “I have had Simeon Jackson as a player myself and he is not like that. Two honest lads have gone for it but he has definitely caught him."
Jackson escaped without any punishment from the match official.
Hessenthaler - son of Gills legend Andy - played over 150 league games in Kent before moving to Grimsby in the summer of 2018, where he has been a regular member of their team.
Grimsby’s statement added that Hessenthaler was recovering in hospital, whilst he waits for further test results.
Gillingham wished the player well on social media.