Loris Karius suffered concussion during the Champions League final, Massachusetts General Hospital has confirmed.
And Dr. Ross Zafonte suggests that the incident may have had an effect on the player’s performance.
Mirror sport reports that the Liverpool goalkeeper underwent head scans over the weekend amid scares he suffered a trauma during the defeat to Real Madrid.
Sergio Ramos crashed into Karius minutes after his tangle with Mo Salah had the Egyptian injured and substituted during the encounter in Kiev; and the German goalkeeper came out worse after receiving a heavy blow to the head by the Real Madrid skipper.
However moments later, Karius was guilty of a shocking error as his attempted throw rebounded off Karim Benzema and into the net. And later in the clash he failed to keep out Gareth Bale’s long-range effort.
Liverpool’s medical staff were concerned that Karius could have been suffering with concussion and he was sent to visit trauma specialist Dr Ross Zafonte during a holiday to the United States.
Massachusetts General Hospital stated Karius had undergone tests and results show he did suffer concussion.
Dr. Ross Zafonte statement in full
We have received numerous calls today regarding the health status of Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius. With Mr. Karius’s permission, we are providing information about his medical situation in an effort to prevent, where possible, the dissemination of incomplete or erroneous information.
On May 31, 2018 Mr. Karius underwent a comprehensive examination by Dr. Ross Zafonte and Dr. Lenore Herget in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
After carefully reviewing game film and integrating a detailed history – including his reported present and immediate post-contact subjective symptoms – physical examination and objective metrics, we have concluded that Mr. Karius sustained a concussion during the match May 26, 2018.
At the time of our evaluation, Mr. Karius’s principal residual symptoms and objective signs suggested that visual spatial dysfunction existed and likely occurred immediately following the event. Additional symptomatic and objectively noted areas of dysfunction also persisted. It could be possible that such deficits would affect performance.
We also note that Mr. Karius has reported significant and steady improvement since the concussive event, and we expect him to make a full recovery based on the results of the examination. We expect that with treatment and by following prescribed activity protocols he will continue to improve. We have encouraged vigilance and an emphasis on safety in his eventual return to full activity.
This is the only comment we will be making in relation to this matter. All future media inquiries should be directed to the Liverpool FC Press Office.