Brain injury experts have criticized Arteta’s decision to delay the substitution of the Brazilian defender after his tough aerial clash.
immediately called the medical staff after he clashed heads with theWolves
. The striker was brought out of the pitch on a stretcher after the medics checked his situation thoroughly for ten minutes. Earlier today Wolves confirmed that the Uruguayan forward has suffered a fractured skull but he is comfortable after his surgery.Premier League
protocols require the players suspected to be suffering from concussion to be immediately substituted. However,
delayed the substitution until half-time. Brain injury association Headway has outlined that this decision was worrying and could have resulted in a disaster. However,Watford
believes that the element of trust between the player and the doctor is an important factor.
"At some point there has to be an element of trust between player and doctor. You do have all the protocols in place.
"As a player you know when something's not right. Watching David Luiz for 20 minutes afterwards, he never looked shaky on his feet, his legs weren't going from underneath him.
"They followed all the protocols in terms of he's ticked every box, then afterwards you don't see anything other than blood to suggest he's in a bad way."