The German boss has updated the James Milner injury as “seems to be fine.”
James Milner head injury shouldn’t concern the Scousers
The seasoned player played right-sided midfield and put on an all-action performance, but late in the first half he was struck on the side of the head, drawing blood.
Milner was allowed to continue after receiving treatment on the field, but just one minute after the game resumed, he gave the signal to leave.
As Harvey Elliott took over, there were legitimate fears about a potential concussion. Particularly, since the 36-year-forehead old’s seemed to be swollen and discolored.
What did Klopp say?
Milner looks to be alright. But according to procedure, additional testing will be needed, Klopp said in his post-game news conference.
“I don’t know. He seems to be fine now, but we have to probably do further checks.”
Any concern with Milner would add to the team’s growing list of ailments. Especially in the midfield, but the player’s health should come first.
Head injuries are a prime Premier League issue now
At the weekend, after receiving a knock to the head, Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez was permitted to continue playing. The Premier League has since demanded an explanation from the team when
Martinez eventually left the field and was replaced by a concussion substitute. With Tottenham striker Heung-min Son being substituted during their 2-1 victory against Marseille abroad on Tuesday night, there was renewed attention on head injuries as a result.
Both Tottenham’s and Villa’s medical staff should be commended. Especially for making a courageous choice under pressure considering the gravity of the match and Son’s importance to the team.
But as was the case with Karius during the 2018 Champions League final, the Milner incident illustrates how challenging it can be to assess head injuries.