England rugby star Dom Young taken to hospital after infection spread to brain

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England rugby league star Dom Young was recently taken to hospital after experiencing ‘dreadful’ symptoms due to a sinus infection which quickly spread to his brain. The 22-year-old will miss the rest of England’s ongoing test series against Tonga but is expected to return to action for NRL side Sydney Roosters next year.

Young began to experience painful headaches after a sinus infection was exacerbated when he flew to England earlier this month. He was eventually rushed to hospital for a series of important checks, with his agent Michael Cincotto later explaining that he is not expected to play in any of England’s upcoming matches as a result.

“It’s a sinus infection so it’s brain related,” Cincotto told the Daily Telegraph. “It could have been bad or can be bad but his recovery, and the signs he is showing every day, it’s obvious the antibiotics are working.

“It was pretty frightening. It’s come out of the blue and was something that definitely needed to be sorted. It pushed his condition over the edge. He wasn’t good.

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“Dom had severe headaches. The flight exacerbated the infection, pushed it out and created this issue. Essentially it’s a sinus infection. It just went bang after the flight. He was admitted to hospital to get it checked out. He is doing well and there are really good signs. I had a really good chat with him yesterday and he said his recovery has been great, from where he was.

“Dom will be ready to go for the [NRL] season, without any doubt. There won’t be issues with that. He is walking around [in hospital] and there isn’t any real cause for concern. My gut feeling is that he probably won’t play for England at all in these next couple of games.”

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Young has enjoyed a flying start to his international career since making his England debut at last year’s Rugby League World Cup. He has scored nine tries in just five appearances for his country but will need to wait until he has fully recovered from his infection to earn more caps.

England managed to beat Tonga in their series opener without Young on Sunday, with Shaun Wane’s men earning a narrow 22-18 victory in St Helens. The two nations will face each other twice more over the coming weeks as England look to bounce back from their disappointing World Cup semi-final exit 12 months ago.

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