Liverpool’s goalkeeper Loris Karius has been confirmed to have suffered a concussion prior to making the two errors that led to his side’s defeat last month.
There were few names in football more known than Loris Karius following last month’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid. The match itself was memorable for more than a few reasons but there were perhaps none more infamous than the pair of mishaps by Karius that allowed Madrid to eventually win the game.
Now, following the emergence of footage showing a collision between defender Sergio Ramos and Karius, many have speculated that the keeper many have been concussed by the Spaniard’s elbow to the face, something that would certainly explain a lot, under the circumstances.
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It looked like a pretty hard shot to the face and now, according to a statement released by Dr. Ross Zafonte – doctors have confirmed that Karius did, in fact, sustain a concussion.
“On May 31, 2018 Mr Karius underwent a comprehensive examination by Dr Ross Zafonte and Dr Lenore Herget in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. After carefully reviewing game film and integrating a detailed history – including his reported present and immediate post-contact subjective symptoms – physical examination and objective metrics, we have concluded that Mr Karius sustained a concussion during the match 26 May 2018.
“At the time of our evaluation Mr Karius’s principal residual symptoms and objective signs suggested that visual spatial dysfunction existed and likely occurred immediately following the event. Additional symptomatic and objectively noted areas of dysfunction also persisted. It could be possible that such deficits would affect performance.
“We also note that Mr Karius has reported significant and steady improvement since the concussive event, and we expect him to make a full recovery based on the results of the examination. We expect that with treatment and by following prescribed activity protocols he will continue to improve. We have encouraged vigilance and an emphasis on safety in his eventual return to full activity.”
Does it absolve him? Well, it certainly gives explains a lot of the reason behind what will surely be known in the future as one of the worst goalkeeping performances of all-time.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena