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Loris Karius Confirmed To Have Suffered Concussion In Champions League Final

Loris Karius Confirmed To Have Suffered Concussion In Champions League Final

A scan has confirmed that Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius did suffer a concussion during the Champions League final.

In the aftermath of the game, Liverpool's medical team were concerned Karius may have suffered a concussion and organised a scan while he was on holiday in the US. Today Massachusetts General Hospital have confirmed that Karius did, in fact, suffer a concussion injury.

With the score 0-0, footage emerged which appeared to show Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos deliver an elbow to Karius's head off the ball. Ramos claimed to have been pushed while Karius did raise it with the referee.

The final was played on 26 May, while the scan took place in Boston on May 31st. He visited head injury specialist Dr. Ross Zafonte at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Dr Zafonte is known for his dealings with NFL players who have suffered from head trauma and Karius was sent to see him following discussions with the club. The hospital released a statement earlier today.

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.

Ramos was not punished for the incident. Karius subsequently went on to make two costly mistakes, which ultimately cost his team the game.

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