Sickly start for Hall as striker vomits in team talk ahead of full Birmingham debut

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Footballer Rob Hall was forced to pull out of making his full Birmingham debut against Blackpool on Tuesday night after vomiting during the manager’s pre-match team talk.

Aylesbury striker Hall, 19, who is on loan from West Ham, said on twitter he was ‘gutted’ last night after missing out on his chance to impress in the 1-1 away draw. He had already shown Blues manager Lee Clark plenty to whet the appetite during a 30-minute cameo against Derby County on Saturday.

But Clark said it was the first time he had ever seen a player throw up during one of his team talks.

Former Grange School pupil Hall is stepping out of his comfort zone as a footballer for the first time after local loan spells at Oxford United and MK Dons last season.

He was down to start but at the team hotel as Clark went through Birmingham’s game plan and preparations, he was promptly sick.

The fleet-footed star, whose brother Matt plays for Thame United, is now touch and go to make his new side’s home game against Middlesbrough on Friday.

“Unbelievable,” Clark told the press after the game.

“In the afternoon when we were in the hotel talking about the game, watching the footage and talking through the tactics, Robert became ill.

“We had to stop the meeting halfway through. We sent him to bed, tried to get a bit of food into him, but that didn’t work, it didn’t stay down.

“We left him at the hotel to be picked up by the medical staff afterwards.

“His 35 minutes on Saturday, he was excellent.

“If he had started in that system we played, I thought he would have been dangerous with his pace, directness, penetration. I was so looking forward to seeing him in that system.

“Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and he’s a big doubt for Friday now as the doctor thinks it’s not going to be a 24-hour thing and it’s took a lot out of him as well.

“It’s one for the book. I have had everything in team meetings: players who haven’t been picked disappointed and sulking, this is the first time someone has vomited during the team talk!”

The England youth player is highly regarded at West Ham and is tipped for a bright future at the top of the game.