Insider: Man City 'pushing the boundaries' after Aymeric Laporte injury twist
Man City “pushed the boundaries” with the treatment of Aymeric Laporte’s head injury during their 2-1 loss to Brentford last week (12 November).
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.
Laporte’s head started bleeding after a challenge and he was treated on the pitch for seven minutes before play resumed.
The 28-year-old was able to continue and is fit and available for Spain’s World Cup opener with Costa Rica on Wednesday (23 November).
“The issue always is with a head injury is player management,” Dinnery told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“You have that duty of care to ensure that the player is safe and in a stable condition.
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“In terms of the medical practitioners who are assessing the player on the pitch, they are always going to want and push the boundaries for how long they can assess that player with the concussion protocols.
“We know that ideally, the longer you’ve got, the better understanding of what you’ve got and how that player has potentially been impacted.
“We know that decision comes from the referee in terms of allowing the player to be treated on the pitch or he has to be removed.
“In terms of the rest of the players, it’s not ideal, particularly on a cold November afternoon.
“Ultimately you want to make sure that the player is safe and able to move and you are comfortable in the knowledge that the player is able to continue.
“It’s a small price to pay, a seven-minute delay in play, to ensure a player’s safety, particularly when it comes to head injuries.”