16 Mar Wolves keeper Patricio ‘acutely aware’ after scary collision in Liverpool loss
Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Rui Patricio was taken off the sphere on a stretcher within the waning minutes of the membership’s 1-Zero loss to Liverpool on Monday, turning into the Premier League’s first participant to be substituted off below the brand new concussion rule.
The Portuguese keeper knocked his head into the knee of teammate Conor Coady as they raced to maintain Mohamed Salah’s disallowed objective out of the online within the 89th minute.
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With the team having already made three substitutes in the course of the match, Wolves supervisor Nuno Espirito Santo was allowed to switch Patricio with backup keeper John Ruddy.
The sport halted as medical employees tended to Patricio for practically 15 minutes, with the officers then including seven minutes of extra-time. Patricio didn’t seem to maneuver whereas mendacity on the pitch however afterward Espirito Santo mentioned he was acutely aware.
“He is acutely aware, he remembers what occurred and is conscious,” Espirito Santo mentioned.
Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp was relieved to listen to about that Patricio was alert.
“It was an terrible state of affairs. I’ve spoken to Wolves’ employees, they’re slightly optimistic. It was a correct shock,” Klopp mentioned.
“Life is extra essential, we want Rui Patricio a speedy restoration,” Jota mentioned.
The concussion substitute rule was applied following an incident that additionally concerned a Wolves participant, when Raul Jimenez bumped heads with Arsenal’s David Luiz in a Nov. 29 match. Jimenez, who watched Monday’s recreation from the Molineux stands, has but to return after that damage, by which he suffered a fractured cranium and underwent surgical procedure.
The concussion rule was utilized in a FA Cup match on Feb. 9, when West Ham United defender Issa Diop collided with Manchester United ahead Anthony Martial, with Ryan Fredericks coming on for Diop.