Injury expert: 'All the players' want FA rule change amid 'six-stage' Shaw recovery reveal at Man United
The FA still have a “long way to go” when it comes to dealing with concussion cases like Luke Shaw’s at Man United.
So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Shaw left the field in a concussion substitute swap after colliding with Rodri in United’s 2-0 defeat to Man City on 6 November.
The left-back was due to join up with the England squad for their imminent World Cup qualifier clashes with Albania and San Marino.
But the national team revealed on 10 October that he is still being assessed in guidance with concussion protocol.
Dinnery reflected on the recently-introduced concussion substitute rule and explained how Shaw will have been assessed behind the scenes.
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“The concussion sub rule is a step in the right direction,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“It allows clubs to be a little more protective with their players. We still have a long way to go, but we’ll take it for what it is.
“Ultimately, players and clubs would all like a temporary sub rule where they can take a player off for 10 minutes while they are assessed.
“In terms of FA guidance, the advice is if in doubt sit, them out. If there is no loss of consciousness, you’re looking for any other red flags.
“There will also be an off-field assessment. So Shaw may have gone through cognitive screening and concentration tests.
“Symptoms can develop later. That’s why we’re not 100 per cent sure he’ll be available for England.
“There will likely be a six-stage graded return to training. But if there are no signs of concussion, there is no reason he can’t be ready for the next match.”