Essendon’s Hird left dopey from concussion

James Hird’s wife has revealed the Essendon AFL coach is “very dopey” and “very sore” in hospital after a severe concussion, but says he should be fine.

Hird was taken by ambulance to hospital on Monday afternoon following a heavy fall from his bicycle while riding home from Bombers training.

“By the time I’d left last night, all the scans had come through really positively and he was lucid,” she told reporters outside her home on Tuesday morning.

“They’ve kept him in for observation and some testing this morning, so hopefully it is OK.”

Tania Hird said she did not have details of the injuries but confirmed the 42-year-old has been cleared of any fractures.

“Which is fantastic and by the time we left last night, he was able to talk,” she said.

“He was dopey – very dopey – and obviously very sore, but he was able to talk and I think it’ll all be fine.”

Bombers doctor Bruce Reid said Hird was fortunate to have been wearing a helmet that braced his fall.

He is expected to be released sometime on Tuesday.

Tania said Hird often went cycling because the exercise clears his head, but she told him riding in the rain was no longer a wise idea.

“I said that to him – I think we won’t do any wet-weather riding anymore. You can take the car, I think.”

A decision on whether Hird coaches on Friday night is expected to be made later in the week.

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