(The Guardian) Trials of additional permanent substitutes for concussion injuries in the Premier League could begin early in the new year, the Guardian understands. The news comes after Wolves confirmed that their striker Raúl Jiménez had surgery on a fractured skull after a sickening clash of heads with Arsenal’s David Luiz on Sunday evening.
Wolves said the Mexico striker was comfortable after the operation. “He has since seen his partner Daniela and is now resting,” the club added in a statement. “He will remain under observation for a few days while he begins his recovery.”
The incident has led to renewed calls for extra substitutes to be introduced for head injuries and Lukas Brud, the chief executive of the law-making International Football Association Board, told the Guardian it would be the lead item on the agenda when Ifab met on 16 December. Brud also said he hoped that if the protocols were approved, they “would be trialled as soon as possible”.