Watford striker Bernard Mensah insists he is remaining positive while he waits for news regarding the extent of a leg injury sustained while playing for Braintree Town last night.

Mensah, who joined the Conference Premier side on loan in January, was taken to hospital after a challenge from Lincoln City's Tom Miller, who was subsequently booked.

The 19-year-old forward has since tweeted: "Thanks for all the messages guys! Thinking positive! Don't know the extent of the injury yet! But keeping positive! Thanks again."

Braintree lost the match 2-0 and Irons boss Alan Devonshire was seething after the game about Miller's tackle which he described as "scandalous".

"It's a scandalous tackle and [we're talking about] a young kid's career. I'm sorry, I'm fuming about it," Devonshire told BBC Essex.

"It's near enough broken the kid's leg. I've got a kid now being taken to hospital."

He continued: "The football match doesn't matter to me. We lost a game, that doesn't matter to me.

"That boy's career is more important. A tackle like that is horrendous. There is no room for it in football.

"And until referees start protecting people this will carry on, especially at this level."

Miller was keen to stress he didn't intend to injury Mensah.

Speaking on Twitter, he said: “Hope the Braintree lad is fine! I never would intend to hurt anyone. I wear my heart on my sleeve."

Mensah made his first-team debut for Watford in the 1-0 defeat to Bolton Wanderers in November and the 19-year-old striker has impressed at Braintree, scoring two goals in nine appearances.

Mensah was replaced in the 49th minute by fellow Watford striker Alex Jakubiak.