David Luiz RULED OUT of Arsenal’s Europa League match with Rapid Vienna on Thursday because his gash from horrific head clash with Raul Jimenez has not healed – but club doctors insist he is in ‘good health’
David Luiz has been ruled out of Arsenal’s Europa League match with Rapid Vienna on Thursday due to the cut he sustained in a head clash with Wolves striker Raul Jimenez.
Arsenal have come under intense scrutiny for allowing Luiz to play on at the weekend after he was involved in a nasty clash of heads with Jimenez, who has since had to have surgery on a fractured skull.
The club insisted they followed all protocols before sending Luiz, who had blood seeping through a bandage throughout Sunday’s game before he was substituted, back onto the pitch against Wolves.
David Luiz has been ruled out of Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna on Thursday
The defender’s gash has not healed after a sickening clash of heads with Wolves’ Raul Jimenez
Club doctors visited Luiz at his home on Monday and monitored him closely at Arsenal’s training centre on Tuesday before announcing that he would not play any part against Rapid Vienna.
Luiz is said to be in ‘good health’ but his gash, which required seven stitches, has not yet properly healed, hence a decision was made to pull him from Thursday’s squad.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Arsenal reiterated that Luiz had not displayed any symptoms of a concussion and was further assessed at half-time.
As first revealed by Sportsmail, Luiz was also allowed to drive himself home after the match despite the sickening clash of heads with Jimenez.
Arsenal have been widely condemned for their handling of the situation with Sir Geoff Hurst describing it as a ‘disgrace’ while Alan Shearer has called for the immediate introduction of concussion substitutes in football following the incident.
Jimenez suffered a fractured skull from the incident and has had to have surgery
Arsenal were widely condemned for letting Luiz play on but insisted they followed protocols
FULL STATEMENT FROM ARSENAL
Now that approximately 48 hours have passed since the accidental incident between David Luiz and Raul Jimenez, the club has had the opportunity to further assess David and monitor his wellbeing over the past two days.
Since Sunday, we have received many messages not just from Arsenal fans, but football fans all around the world who have been asking after David. As everyone saw soon after the incident, it is a testament to David that his paramount concern was for the welfare of Raul Jimenez after this accident.
Together with David, our thoughts and best wishes continue to be with Raul Jimenez and his family, and we hope Raul has a strong recovery. This accident has also been traumatic for David and the club will be giving him all the support he needs during this time. Immediately after the accident on Sunday, protocols were completed with David, who thankfully maintained consciousness at all times. Stitches were applied to a cut on David’s forehead pitchside, and a bandage was secured on his head to protect the wound. With David showing no signs of concussion, the decision was made for him to continue playing with close monitoring.
At half time David was further assessed and it was decided that due to the bleeding and discomfort he was experiencing from the deep cut to his head, that he would be substituted. David was visited at home by our club doctor on Monday during the scheduled day off and reported to our training centre on Tuesday. Close care of David’s cut and general monitoring of his wellbeing will continue in the coming days and David continues to be in good health. The cut to David’s head will take some days to heal and therefore he will not be available for Thursday’s match. We will continue to closely support and monitor David’s progress.
‘Football needs to get real. It needs to wake up. It needs to get serious, not next year, not next week, now,’ the BBC pundit said.
‘This has been going on too long. The protocols in football are not acceptable.
‘If he has passed all the protocols, how on earth is he allowed to come back on with a wound bleeding through the bandage.
‘We’re talking about welfare here, cricket does it, NFL does it, rugby. We’re talking about life and death here, players careers ending.
‘It’s been going on far too long.
‘What’s to trial about the concussion substitute, why? Just do it, it’s not acceptable.’
BBC pundit Alan Shearer called for an immediate change to concussion protocols