Despite Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel having suffered a neck injury in their 0-0 draw against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup quarter-final, his manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted the centre-back is okay, reports BBC Sport.
The 30-year-old picked up the injury after a fall following a challenge from Blackburn Rovers striker Rudy Gestede, and was treated for around 10 minutes on the pitch. He was initially concussed, and wasn’t moving much on the ground, which led to worry from the players on both sides. But after being stretchered off following treatment, he was taken to hospital as precaution.
With the new ruling on concussed players, the medical team didn’t want to take any liberties with Skrtel, and brought off the experienced defender for his safety. Supporters were understandably worried due to the lack of information being given to them at the tine. But after hearing from the player himself that it was concussion, and that he wanted to stay on the pitch at the time, manager and fans were convinced he would be okay. Rodgers quickly diffused any talk of a lengthy or dangerous injury picked up by Skrtel.
“He could have been knocked out. He was fine, shouting he wanted to play on when he was on the stretcher. I think he’ll be able to play in the next game. He could have played on but you have to listen to the medical team and the experts and he had to come off. He was fine, up walking and talking after the game but as a precaution we need to make sure he is okay,” said Rodgers.
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