Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez had an operation on his fractured skull following a conflict of heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz throughout Sunday`s recreation, the Premier League membership mentioned on Monday.
The Mexican ahead wanted oxygen on the pitch earlier than being taken off on a stretcher and rushed to hospital.
“Raul is comfortable following an operation last night, which he underwent in a London hospital,” Wolves mentioned in an announcement. “He has since seen his partner Daniela and is now resting. He will remain under observation for a few days while he begins his recovery.”
“The club would like to thank the medical staff at Arsenal, the NHS paramedics, hospital staff and surgeons who, through their skill and early response, were of such help.”
Arsenal had been, nonetheless, questioned for permitting Luiz to play on along with his head bandaged earlier than he was taken off at halftime as a result of he was uncomfortable heading the ball.
Manager Mikel Arteta mentioned they’d adopted concussion protocols to ensure the Brazilian may proceed and that he had “responded really well” to all of the on-field checks.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes the protocols wanted to be made clearer to groups. “With concussion in the head you have to be careful,” Guardiola mentioned. “I don`t know the protocols. Some of them say you have to be immediately out, some of them say no. It should be clear because in the head it`s always so dangerous.”
Luiz`s return to the pitch after the collision additionally renewed requires concussion substitutes to be launched in soccer.
“Only last week we strongly criticised the International Football Association Board (IFAB) for its continued procrastination in introducing concussion substitutes into the sport,” Luke Griggs, deputy chief govt at mind harm affiliation Headway, mentioned.
“Too often in football, we see players returning to the pitch having undergone a concussion assessment – only to be withdrawn a few minutes later when it is clear that they are not fit to continue.”