Sep 21, 2013, 3:53 PM EDT
Romelu Lukaku scored the winning goal on his Everton debut, but he can’t tell you much about it.
The towering Belgian international, who is on a season-long loan from Chelsea, scored a fantastic game-winner at Upton Park but was clattered into as he netted the pivotal strike.
And in this disturbing interview above, Lukaku admits he “can’t remember” anything from the game and that he had scored.
When asked what he remembered, this is what Lukaku had to say.
“Nothing. I didn’t even know that I’d scored. That was the first thing that I asked. I don’t remember anything, I had the knock and then I didn’t remember what happened.”
Of course, how he was allowed to play on and go back onto the pitch is something that will be investigated. And following several high-profile cases in the NHL and NFL in recent years, head injuries and concussions symptoms in American sports have been highly scrutinized. Think of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby and the recent NFL lawsuit, to name just a few.
However, after this incident involving Lukaku and knowing several soccer players myself who have suffered traumatic concussion injuries, it seems more could be done to protect and prevent further damage after the initial blows.
Lukaku’s words prove that.
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