David Luiz is set to miss tonight’s Europa League tie at home to Rapid Vienna. The Brazilian defender got a cut after a nasty head challenge with Raul Jimenez five minutes into our loss versus Wolves at the weekend.
He however continued until half time as he felt not discomfort, according to Arsenal’s medical team. This decision has sparked series of debate on social media on how football injuries should be managed.
Arsenal have released a statement regarding the situation and made it known that the decision to continue playing the defender was right at the time.
Arsenal’s statement: “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.”
David Luiz might be feature in the North London Derby if he heals quick enough, according to Mikel Arteta. We wish him and Raul Jimenez quick recovery.