Potts kept in hospital overnight as West Ham defender is left unconscious following nasty head collision
22:41 GMT, 23 January 2013
00:05 GMT, 24 January 2013
West Ham youngster Dan Potts is in hospital under observation after being knocked unconscious through a nasty clash with Bacary Sagna.
The 18-year-old lay motionless on the Emirates turf for 10 minutes as medical staff attempted to revive him, before taking him from the field on a stretcher.
Potts, son of former West Ham captain and current under-18 manager Steve, had only come off the substitutes' bench 11 minutes before banging his head into the Sagna's shoulder off the ball in the 73rd minute.
Flat out: Daniel Potts was knocked unconcious following a clash of heads with Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna
The left-back then fell awkwardly on the floor and was reportedly not making sense when speaking to those nearby.
The crowd watched silently as left-back Potts was strapped in a neck brace and applauded as he went down the tunnel. Sagna checked on him to offer warm words as he left the pitch.
West Ham club doctor Richard Weiler
went to the hospital with Potts, who starred in both FA Cup matches
against Manchester United, and manager Sam Allardyce said his defender
had at least recovered his senses.
Unconscious: There were 12 minutes of injury time at the Emirates after a collision involving Dan Potts
Allardyce said: 'Potts has gone
straight to hospital with concussion, he was unable to give the correct
answers to the questions. When you hit the floor like that it might be a
problem, he hit the floor as a dead weight.
'They have protected his neck. He was
out for a few seconds. He was not fully conscious when he came off. We
were concerned at how long it took.
On his side: Potts has gone straight to hospital with concussion, Sam Allardyce confirmed after the game
'They have to make sure they protect
the spine the right way getting them on the stretcher; that's why it
took the time it did. Hopefully he will make a speedy recovery.'
Jack Collison, who scored his first
goal at the Emirates since returning from lengthy injury, said losing
Potts would be a big blow.
'It's disappointing,' the midfielder
said. 'He's been magnificent for us these past few weeks. To get a
chance tonight at a place like this is what he's worked so hard for.
'We wish him a speedy recovery. I
think there was a clash, these things happen. You've got to say well
done to the medical team, they got in there and he's in the best hands.'