TORQUAY UNITED expect to be without Elliot Benyon for this weekend's trip to Morecambe after the dramatic knock-out which saw the Gulls striker carried off in Tuesday night's 1-0 Capital One Cup defeat away to his former club Swindon Town.
Benyon, 25, was still unconscious when he was stretchered to the County Ground trauma room after an eight-minute stoppage on the pitch.
A large medical team acted quickly to stop him swallowing his tongue and bring him round.
Manager Alan Knill was quick to confirm the huge relief in United's camp when Benyon eventually regained consciousness, and the summer signing from Southend travelled home with the rest of the squad.
But the Gulls' boss believes that the delay on the pitch cost United dear, for Swindon scored their winner only two minutes after the restart.
"Eight minutes is a long time stopped, and the game had died a bit while Elliot was being treated," said Knill.
"We were caught and punished by a lack of concentration at a crucial time, and it's a big lesson to be learned."
Knill added: "Elliot was out cold, and the players were shouting for the doctor as soon as he went down.
"When someone goes down and doesn't move, you always worry.
"Elliot isn't as chirpy as he usually is now, so we're all enjoying some peace and quiet.
"We'll have to asses the situation before Morecambe, but I'm led to believe that he was concussed."
United have survived the First Round of the League Cup only once in 16 years, but Knill said: "Although it took us 20 minutes to get it how we wanted it, pressing them all over the pitch, we had a good spell before half-time. But you've got to score then.
"We were still in with a good chance in the second half, especially after Ricey (Martin Rice) saved the penalty.
"It's the first time that Callum Ball and Karl Hawley have played together up front, and there were good signs there – the more they play together, the better they will get.
"I was delighted with the effort and commitment to stop the opposition from playing – I thought we did that and then got on top towards the end of the first half.
"But we are gutted with the result."
United now look towards Morecambe and a long trip to the Globe Arena on Saturday.
The Shrimps will be buoyed by pulling off a shock Cup win over fallen giants Wolves – a spectacular Ryan Williams free-kick earned them a famous 1-0 victory.