English Premiership

Courtois defends Blues doctor

2014-10-13 07:53
Thibaut Courtois (Supplied)
Thibaut Courtois (Supplied)
Cape Town - Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has defended club doctor Eva Carneiro after she came under criticism for an alleged mis-handling of his head injury.

The Belgium international suffered a blow to his head during the Blues' 2-0 win over Arsenal last weekend, but after an inspection by Carneiro, the shot stopper was declared fit to play on.

However, the keeper eventually had to be taken off after bleeding from his ear, leading to suggestions the doctor had not done a thorough enough evaluation of his health.

Courtois, though, is not convinced of any malpractice, telling Sky Sports: "The doctor of Chelsea did well, I think. She asked me the questions she needed to ask and I could repeat immediately so I was feeling well and didn't have to come off.

"I didn't feel I was knocked out but I was hit. I didn't have a headache or anything, but after a few minutes I felt worse and worse.

"Then I started to feel a little dizzy and I couldn't see the ball any more and there was a little blood coming from my ear. Because I saw trouble, I went off.

"I know you have to be careful, but I was not really knocked out."


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