Teenager placed in a coma after shocking injury during a game

A 14-year-old Rugby League player has been placed in a coma after suffering a bleed on his brain.

Teenager Evan Hawksworth has undergone an operation to stop the bleed after taking a head knock during a game for Stanley Rangers Under 14’s.

His coach has confirmed the ongoing 24 hours following the procedure are ‘critical’ for his well-being.

Paying tribute to the youngster on Facebook, his coach Steven Abraham said he has ‘the heart of a lion’.

“Evan Hawksworth is one of the nicest 14 year old lads I have ever met and has a heart of a lion,” Mr Abraham said.

“The next 24 hours are critical for the lad so please can all of my friends on here and rugby family in general say a prayer for Evan and his family it would be appreciated.”

A number of Super League stars have wished the youngster a speed recovery.

Wakefield star Tinirau Arona said: “Praying for you Evan… Stay Strong buddy.”